• Two Prizes and a Market

    Two Prizes and a Market0

      Time to get to the business at hand- namely writing and sending your work out. How do you know where you stand as a writer if you don’t venture out there and see how you fare? Submit your work. Rejection is fun. Not really, but it is part of the job. 1. Writivism Short

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  • The Dangers of Lying

    The Dangers of Lying1

      Lately I’ve been reading astounding things from writers in our local press. About a week or so ago I read an article about a self published author who had written a self help book based on his own experiences. In the article, the author said that he had sold 10,000 copies of his book

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  • The African Literary Scene is Small-Be Warned

    The African Literary Scene is Small-Be Warned3

      The other day I got an acceptance for one of my novels from a publisher in another African country. (Yay! Happy! Party!) At the time that the acceptance appeared in my inbox, I was having an email chat with a Motswana writer friend who is currently living in another country. I told her about

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  • Mental Illness and Writers

    Mental Illness and Writers0

      On the 31st of January, an article appeared on the UK Guardian website written by writer Chimamanda Adichie. It was a personal account of her battle with depression. Sadly, its publication seems to have been a mistake and The Guardian took the article down the next day. Apparently, according to Adichie’s team, The Guardian

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  • Finding Love in a Good Book

    Finding Love in a Good Book0

      Valentine’s Day is tomorrow so I thought I’d go looking for love in all of the right places-BOOKS! Here are some love quotes to get you in the right mood, enjoy! “Is love this misguided need to have you beside me most of the time? Is love this safety I feel in our silences?

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  • How NOT to Organise a Workshop

    How NOT to Organise a Workshop0

      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 heard that there was a workshop in my future requiring my attendance. It was early, I wasn’t quite awake, maybe I forgot about it. “I can’t say,” I

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  • Review: Mandible by TJ Dema

    Review: Mandible by TJ Dema0

      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 apart from most is her dedication to her writing, to the words and the images her words create. She tackles subjects in nuanced ways, digging deep for the humanity

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  • Reading Fiction is Good for You- The Scientists Say So

    Reading Fiction is Good for You- The Scientists Say So0

      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 reading fiction makes you a better person, and it might even change the chemistry of your brain. In 2013 researchers at Emory University wanted to find out if reading

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  • Writivism Workshop in Gaborone

    Writivism Workshop in Gaborone0

      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 our literary legacy being defined overseas and instead are taking active steps to change that. It was started by the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) in Uganda. The

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  • New Freelance Gigs for a New Year0

      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 a few new markets for my writing”. The first is Dreams Botswana, a new lifestyle magazine. The inaugural issue appeared on our shelves in November. I got an interview

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  • Reading and Books are Not So Important0

    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 why has the Ministry of Education (MOE) ceased all buying of books- for primary, junior secondary, and senior secondary -from October until further notice? The MOE says they’re doing a country-wide

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  • Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande0

    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 few tricks and take another look at the way you do things as compared to others when you read books on writing. Also, if a writer I really respects mentions

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  • South African Publishers: Kwela0

      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 looking at Kwela. Kwela is part of the NB Publishing group that has seven major imprints. NB again is owned by Naspers a large international media company. Kwela is a

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  • Chimurenga Chronic- Batswana Ba Kae?0

      One of the highlights for me at the recently ended Maun International Arts Festival was the launch in Botswana of Chimurenga Chronic by the infectiously motivating Khulusego “Khuli” Molutsi. The launch took place at Nhabe Museum during the launch of the book exhibition there. Khuli explained how she came across Chimurenga, the literary journal

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  • Branding as an Artist0

      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 heard anyone, especially writers, talking about branding I thought less of them. I usual assumed they were full of a lot of pompous air with very little substance to support

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  • The Highlights of this Year’s Festival

    The Highlights of this Year’s Festival0

      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 was the best so far. It’s amazing what a group of volunteers committed to the arts can do, Poetavango deserves some serious respect folks! So what were the highlights

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  • Naming Your Characters

    Naming Your Characters0

      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 used to for a while. For a while I liked Jackson. I had kid Jacksons and young men Jacksons and old Jacksons. That was until a writing friend said,

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  • Setting is also Important

    Setting is also Important0

      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 attention to setting, plot and character seemed the important part of a story. Though having said that, I did recently write a short story about the Exclusion Zone around

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  • Maun International Arts Festival 2014

    Maun International Arts Festival 20140

      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 event to a weeklong event. This year they are re-branding themselves at the Manu International Arts Festival. The new festival is acknowledging that music and visual arts have always

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  • Writivism Workshop in Gaborone

    Writivism Workshop in Gaborone0

      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 Africans. I heard about it first through a writer friend who is on their board. I was excited about it for many reasons. First, that it is a home grown

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