Friday, May 6, 2016

It's All Write

It's All Write

How NOT to Organise a Workshop

  So early January I get a call on my cell. “Can you attend a workshop?” I was confused. How could I answer that question? I’d never...

Review: Mandible by TJ Dema

  Anyone who loves performance poetry knows that if TJ Dema is on the programme for the night, you will not be disappointed. What sets her...

Reading Fiction is Good for You- The Scientists Say So

  Some people like saying that reading fiction is a waste of time- but science has now proved otherwise. There have been numerous studies showing that...

Writivism Workshop in Gaborone

  Writivism is a Pan African movement to change the face of African literature. It is one of a few initiatives on the continent tired of...

New Freelance Gigs for a New Year

  Welcome to 2015! Already I can hear all of those New Year’s resolutions that involve writing. Let me help you keep one of them- “get...

Reading and Books are Not So Important

At least that seems to be what the Ministry of Education is telling us. Books? Who needs them! If that’s not the case, then...

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

I read most writing books cautiously because I know everyone finds their own way to a successful career. Having said that, you can learn a...

South African Publishers: Kwela

  I promised to profile a few of the publishers in South Africa who occasionally accept work from outside of their borders. This week I’m...

Chimurenga Chronic- Batswana Ba Kae?

  One of the highlights for me at the recently ended Maun International Arts Festival was the launch in Botswana of Chimurenga Chronic by the...

Branding as an Artist

  I’ll admit, before I attended the workshop on branding at the Maun International Arts Festival (the second half of the poetry workshop), when I...

The Highlights of this Year’s Festival

  Despite receiving funding late and the elections making key people unavailable, Poetavango has done it again. If anything, this year the Maun International Arts Festival...

Naming Your Characters

  How do writers choose names for their characters? Every writer likely has different methods and different reasons. I’ve realised I have certain names I get...

Setting is also Important

  I’m taking an online writing course at the moment and the last assignment was about setting. I’ll be honest, I’ve never paid a lot of...

Maun International Arts Festival 2014

  For three years, the Maun based poetry group Poetavango has run the Maun International Poetry and Literary Festival. Last year it expanded from a weekend...

Writivism Workshop in Gaborone

  Writivism is an exciting Pan-African movement to improve the writing on the continent and to begin to have African literature decided and directed by...

Jacana Literary Foundation

  As writers in this country are aware, if your work doesn’t fall within the guidelines of the school curriculum, you’ll likely not find a...

Advice on Writing a Novel from the Big Guns

So you want to write a novel? It’s a tough job so how about some advice from people who are successful in the art...

Translate your Books at Babelcube

  I took two weeks off of work to go on a road trip around South Africa. I’m marking it up as research since I often...

BrandFire Publishing- A self publishing business in Botswana

  I saw this post on the Facebook page for The Writers Association of Botswana: If u wnt 2 publish yo book bt hv no money...

Novels of Botswana in English, 1930-2006: A Review

  Novels of Botswana in English, 1930-2006 (African Heritage Press) is by former University of Botswana lecturer in Anglo-African literature, Dr. Mary S. Lederer. One might...

The Importance of Professionalism

  In the last few weeks I’ve had three discussions, one with a group of publishers and two others with folks who organise two different...

Writing Markets

Looking for some new markets for your writing? Below are a few lit mags as well as some markets for freelancers. Why not try your...

Nsununguli Mbo: A Successful Self Published Author

  Nsununguli Mbo is the author of six novels: The 5 Lt Container, The Basketball School, A Crisis of the Heart, The Missing Corpse, The...

How’s Your Grammar?

  Some writers are crazy about grammar; I’m not one of them. I do my best, but I know I’m not perfect. Editors and proofreaders help...

How Ebooks and Ereaders Work

  In Botswana where most of us don’t live near a bookstore and then can’t afford the high prices of paper books, ebooks are a...

What Do Literary Agents Do?

  If your book is published in Botswana, or actually in most places in Africa, you won’t need a literary agent. But if you want to...

Writing Markets for New and Unpublished Writers

  Whether you are an unpublished short story writer, poet, freelance journalist, or creative nonfiction writer it can be difficult to get that first publishing...

ROBALA KA KAGISO, MME MAYA ANGELOU

She was the first black female street car conductor in San Francisco and the first black woman to direct a full-length Hollywood film.  She wasn’t...

Robala Ka Kagiso, Mme Maya Angelou

  She was the first black female street car conductor in San Francisco and the first black woman to direct a full-length Hollywood film. She wasn't...

Perfectionism, the Enemy

  I hate reading my writing after it’s been published. Nearly every time I find things I want to change. If I’m forced to read from...

The Department of Arts and Culture is No More

  As of 1 April 2014, the Department of Arts and Culture no longer exists. According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the Ministry...

How Can You Celebrate Short Story Day Africa?

  Once again Short Story Day Africa will be celebrated in June (the month with the shortest day of the year in Southern Africa- 21...

Madam Speaker, Sir! – A memoir

  A lot has been written about Margaret Nasha’s memoir, Madam Speaker, Sir!: Breaking the Glass Ceiling ;One Woman’s Struggles, but a lot of it...

A Writing Workshop, a Poetry Market, and Some Residencies  

  2014 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of...

The Truth About Publishing at Amazon

  I self-published three ebooks at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) on the 28th May, 2012. The three books are from my Kate Gomolemo Detective Series:...

How Non-professional Artists Affect Professional Artists

  I define professional artists as people trying to make a living from their art; we are few and far between in the current harsh...

New Book of Poetry by TJ Dema

  TJ Dema is one of the best poets writing today. Not one of the best poets writing in Botswana. One of the best poets writing today,...

17th Time of the Writer

  I was honored to be invited to participate in the 17th Time of the Writer Festival in Durban from the 17th – 22nd of...

Misconceptions of New Writers

  I’ve been lucky enough to have been chosen to be a mentor for a writer in the Pan-African Witticism programme. One thing I learned long...

Batswana Writers like to Complain

  I’ve sat in numerous gatherings of writers in this country, most recently with the group that gathered at UB. The discussion always goes a certain...