Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lessons Learned in 2013, by BNN

I have learned in 2013, that good friends do not always live close by. The pattern of your friendship is evident in the way you feel about each other.

Writers will most likely get more writing done if they vary their time with farmers, dancers, gymnasts, architects, pilots and market vendors. They do not have to do this for research but just to be human.

If you are constantly apologizing for someone’s unkindness towards you, then you have to check your self-esteem and valiantly walk away.

If you are not getting paid for your creative energy, ideas and what you love, then what you love may turn into what you hate.

There is a palpable difference between constructive criticism and criticism from detractors. Steer clear of the latter.

In this age of political correctness, it is still important to keep friends who truly celebrate your success.

Good social skills will take you a long way. There are those who may not understand but the majority will and you will receive a great reward.


Happy New Year

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Re: Love Letter 2014

Re: Love Letter 2014

I’m breaking up with you. Last year, you sprinkled jelly beans on my hunger for knowledge. You misunderstood my ambition for desperation. You treated my kindness as if I was your barber. After I worked to your perfection, neat and exact, you tipped me with a nickname.

“I would not have done it with you, my popa-shay-la-di—ra-ma-mi-sha…” I cut you off.

“I’m breaking up with you. Let’s make this break up amicable and mature. Voices in my bosom warned me about you. I ignored them because you promised we would save the world together. And then I heard Les brown. He said I need to detoxify my life. I’m sure you understand. I’m hungry. I’m unstoppable. You’re in my way. And my name is not popa-shay-la-di—ra-ma-mi-sha.

It’s Confidence. Thank you for leaving me. Respectfully.

This time I expect to win. In 2014.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

visa for america, poem by Carol Leff

visa for america

during my mother’s visa interview they asked why she wished to visit my sister. her flow of tears hid unspoken fears as she explained they had not seen each other for six long years.

my interview a year earlier had gone more smoothly. they only made me walk barefooted and drink my bottled water in front of them.

every last drop.

Poem by Carol Leff, Published in Botsotso, jozi spoken word special edition, 15.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Writivism 2014 workshops-Apply now!

The Writivism 2014 workshops will be held on the 8th of February 2014, simultaneously in five different African cities. The one-day workshops are planned for Abuja, Harare, Kampala, Nairobi and Cape Town. Applicants will attend workshops in the cities closest to their residence.

The Abuja workshop will be facilitated by Ukamaka Olisakwe, Kampala; Beatrice Lamwaka, Cape Town; Rachel Zadok, Nairobi; Okwiri Oduor and Harare; Monica Cheru alongside other writers.

The workshops will include a short master class on fiction writing, a reading and writing exercise. Each participant shall be assigned a mentor at the end of the workshop, with whom they shall work on a flash fiction story to be published in newspapers and a short story for submission to the Writivism African Short Story Prize.

The workshop aims at identifying emerging African writers.

Application Guidelines •Applicants must be resident on the African continent;

•Applicants must not have published a book before

•All application material must be put in the body of the email; no attachments whatsoever

•Deadline for submission is 31st December 2013 midnight, East African time

•Applications must be made to cace.directorATgmail.com

•Those accepted to the workshop will be notified by 20th January 2014

•The workshop is non-residential and participants are responsible for the transport to and from the venue

•Application Email subject should read ‘Writivism 2014 Application’

•Include Address (including phone contact), Country of Residence, Full Legal Name, Gender, a 100-word maximum bio and a 400-700 word writing sample in the application

•Participants in past Writivism workshops can apply if they have since not published a book

•The writing sample must be fiction

For updates and to respond, Keep checking writivism site and the Writivism Facebook Group.