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WRITING MARKETS FOR NEW AND UNPUBLISHED WRITERS

WRITING MARKETS FOR NEW AND UNPUBLISHED WRITERS

Jul. 11 | Whether you are an unpublished short story writer, poet, freelance journalist, or creative nonfiction writer it can be difficult to get that first publishing break. Despite that, agents, publishers and editors want to know about your publishing history...

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS KILLING CREATIVITY

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS KILLING CREATIVITY

Jul. 4 | I remember when our daughter was at senior school, we went for parents’ day to collect her report and the English teacher was concerned. He sat us down and told us that our daughter was struggling because (wait for it…) – she thought too much. I...

WHY WRITE?

WHY WRITE?

Jun. 20 | People who are blindly naïve, or very new to the writing business say things like, I want to write a bestseller and earn a pile of money and get rich. I try not to laugh. I feel sad more than anything, writing can give you so much more if you’re committed...

WE NEED TO FREE OUR IMAGINATIONS

WE NEED TO FREE OUR IMAGINATIONS

Jun. 14 | Below is the short speech I gave at the opening of the 17th Time of the Writer in Durban on the theme of the festival- “freeing the imagination” inspired by Binyavanga Wainaina’s inspirational videos. I thought now with the state of the arts unravelling...

IS MY SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECTING MY CHILDREN?

IS MY SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECTING MY CHILDREN?

Jun. 6 | It is well known that a parent with a drug or alcohol problem can have a negative effect on their family members.  This week we are specifically looking at mothers who use substances and how it affects their children. Substance abuse by mothers impacts...

PERFECTIONISM, THE ENEMY

PERFECTIONISM, THE ENEMY

May. 30 | 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 something of mine that’s been published, nearly always I’ll have been at it with a red pen before I read, and what...

MADAM SPEAKER, SIR!- A MEMOIR

MADAM SPEAKER, SIR!- A MEMOIR

May. 9 | 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 has been written by people who haven’t actually read the book. This becomes clear when you actually read...

A WRITING WORKSHOP, A POETRY MARKET, AND SOME RESIDENCIES

A WRITING WORKSHOP, A POETRY MARKET, AND SOME RESIDENCIES

May. 2 | 2014 FARAFINA TRUST CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP It’s All Write Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 5 to August...

THE TRUTH ABOUT PUBLISHING AT AMAZON

THE TRUTH ABOUT PUBLISHING AT AMAZON

Apr. 25 | 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: Anything for Money, Murder for Profit, and Claws of a Killer. There is a lot of hype around the money...

HOW NON-PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS AFFECT PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

HOW NON-PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS AFFECT PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

Apr. 18 | I define professional artists as people trying to make a living from their art; we are few and far between in the current harsh environment.  Non-professional artists are people who earn their living elsewhere, but do their art as a hobby or an extra...

NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY TJ DEMA

NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY TJ DEMA

Apr. 11 | 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, full stop.  And finally she has a book out so we can take our time and ruminate with her words the way good poetry should...

17TH TIME OF THE WRITER

17TH TIME OF THE WRITER

Apr. 4 | I was honoured to be invited to participate in the 17th Time of the Writer Festival in Durban from the 17th – 22nd of March. The Festival is run by the folks at the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwazulu- Natal. They also run a poetry...

JOSIE, A NEW NOVEL BY LEGODILE SEGANABENG

JOSIE, A NEW NOVEL BY LEGODILE SEGANABENG

Mar. 28 | Most people know Legodile Seganabeng as his alter-ego, the poet DreddX.  He is the chairperson of the very successful Maun-based Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry Movement which holds the annual Maun International Poetry Festival. He is a jack-of-many trades...

MISCONCEPTIONS OF NEW WRITERS

MISCONCEPTIONS OF NEW WRITERS

Mar. 21 | It’s All Write I’ve been lucky enough to have been chosen to be a mentor for a writer in the Pan-African Writivism programme. One thing I learned long ago when in another life I was a science teacher, is the best way to truly understand a subject...

BATSWANA WRITERS LIKE TO COMPLAIN

BATSWANA WRITERS LIKE TO COMPLAIN

Mar. 14 | 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 way, the order might differ, but the content remains the same. First complaint- the publishers in Botswana...

TLOTLO TSAMAASE WINS THE FIRST BLACK CRAKE BOOKS AWARDS

TLOTLO TSAMAASE WINS THE FIRST BLACK CRAKE BOOKS AWARDS

Mar. 7 | Tlotlo Tsamaase, an architect student at the University of Botswana, came out tops with her novel The Skies Fall, in the first Black Crake Books Awards. The owner of Black Crake Books, a new trade publisher in Botswana, announced the winners of their...

A VISIT FROM THE OVERSEAS AUTHOR

A VISIT FROM THE OVERSEAS AUTHOR

Feb. 28 | On the 19th of February I trekked down to Gaborone to hear what British author Carolyn Slaughter had to say. I’d not heard of her before I found out she was coming to Botswana, but I quickly bought and read one of her books so as to have a bit of reference...

SHORTLIST FOR THE ETISALAT PRIZE FOR LITERATURE ANNOUNCED

SHORTLIST FOR THE ETISALAT PRIZE FOR LITERATURE ANNOUNCED

Feb. 21 | WRITER: Yewande Omotoso The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a PanAfrican prize for first time authors of published novels. On the 22nd of January they announced the three books that have made it to the shortlist for the £15,000 prize. They are: Bom...

WRITING ABOUT LOVE

WRITING ABOUT LOVE

Feb. 14 | Love is in the air and you might get swept up in it and decide it is time to take a stab at writing romance.  Some people are mistaken into thinking that romance writing is easier than other types of fiction writing, that there is some easy formula to...

CAN WRITERS SAVE THE CONTINENT FROM THIS HATRED?

CAN WRITERS SAVE THE CONTINENT FROM THIS HATRED?

Feb. 7 | It’s been a sad few weeks for me. Even after living half a century, there are still so many things I cannot understand; one of those things is hate for people who are different. It seems almost part of the human condition that we instinctively hate...