Category: Education

  • Poet and scholar Tsitsi Jaji for Harare

    Poet and scholar Tsitsi Jaji for Harare

    Zimbabwean American poet and scholar Tsitsi Jaji is set to do a poetry reading and workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe on July 6 and 11, 2023. Zimbabwe-born, USA-based Tsitsi Jaji has written the poetry collections Beating the Graves (University of Nebraska Press, 2017) and Mother Tongues (Northwestern University Press, 2019). The former received an honourable mention…

  • Brittle Paper introduces free master classes with “The Writing Room.”

    Brittle Paper introduces free master classes with “The Writing Room.”

    The Writing Room, a new initiative from Brittle Paper, featuring masterclasses from some of the most respected personalities in African writing was introduced on July 20, 2022. Brittle Paper is an online platform centering African literary narratives since it was founded by Nigeria-born USA-based academic Ainehi Edoro-Glines in 2010. Apart from publishing work from writers…

  • Idza Luhumyo is inaugural Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award recipient.

    Idza Luhumyo is inaugural Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award recipient.

    Idza Luhumyo has been announced as the inaugural recipient of the Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award today, July 21, 2020. In 2019, the Margaret Busby edited New Daughters of Africa anthology showcased the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent from around the world. It included memoir, short stories, speeches,…

  • Callout: Opportunity to do your MFA (almost free) at Texas State University.

    Callout: Opportunity to do your MFA (almost free) at Texas State University.

    The Texas State University has made a call out for those who wish to do a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing. One of the things we do here at JamesMurua.com is share opportunities for writers when they become known to us. An opportunity for those who wish to do an MFA is…

  • Amara Nicole Okolo is Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA recipient.

    Amara Nicole Okolo is Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA recipient.

    Amara Nicole Okolo is a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing & Publishing program recipient at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the United States. Amara Nicole Okolo is the writer of the novel Black Sparkle Romance (2014) published by Ankara Press, an imprint of Cassava Republic, as well as the story collection…

  • Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Petina Gappah for International Publishers Association Seminar in Nairobi.

    Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Petina Gappah for International Publishers Association Seminar in Nairobi.

    Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Petina Gappah are two of the many delegates set to attend the International Publishers Association Africa Seminar in Nairobi from June 14-15, 2019. At the Nairobi International Book Fair 2018 opening ceremony, the Kenya Publishers Association chairman Lawrence Njagi announced that the International Publishers Association (IPA) would be holding a seminar…

  • African Writers Trust workshop hosted in Kampala, Uganda.

    African Writers Trust workshop hosted in Kampala, Uganda.

    The African Writers Trust hosted a mentoring and training workshop moderated by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey alongside Demere Kitunga and Catherine Mark. The workshop was hosted in November 2018. The African Writers Trust is an organisation founded to coordinate and bring together African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent to promote the sharing…

  • Call for Applications: African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme

    Call for Applications: African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme

    Writers and other publishing industry professionals are invited to apply to The African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship programme. Your deadline is July 30, 2018. The African Writers Trust is an organisation that bridges the divide between African writers and publishing professionals living in the Diaspora and on the continent. One of their activities is the…

  • Gyara Journal: Meet the editors of the continent’s newest literary space.

    Gyara Journal: Meet the editors of the continent’s newest literary space.

    Gyara is a new literary journal for you to submit your work. The new literary space is looking for creative non-fiction, book reviews, memoirs, essays and interviews while also training editors to manage it. A few months ago whilst at the Mboka Festival 2018, this blogger had a chat with poet, novelist, publisher Nii Ayikwei…

  • Sahar Al Mougy, Mohanned Al Dabi at International Prize for Arabic Fiction Writers Workshop

    Sahar Al Mougy, Mohanned Al Dabi at International Prize for Arabic Fiction Writers Workshop

    Six writers and their mentors are currently at the ninth annual writers’ workshop hosted by the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. They range in age from 26 to 40 and are from Oman, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, and Palestine. The ninth writers’ workshop in Abu Dhabi hosted by the International Prize…

  • Miles Morland Foundation hosts African Writers in Uganda

    Miles Morland Foundation hosts African Writers in Uganda

    The Miles Morland Foundation hosted some of the hottest writers on the continent for a Creative writer’s workshop in Uganda on July 8-15, 2017. The workshop was hosted by Giles Foden and Michela Wrong. The Miles Morland Foundation has been known for its support of many artistic initiatives on the continent backing literary festivals and…

  • Chimamanda Adichie announces cancellation of Farafina Trust Workshop 2017

    Chimamanda Adichie announces cancellation of Farafina Trust Workshop 2017

    The Farafina Trust Workshop 2017 will not be happening its founder Chimamanda Adichie has said in a statement. This happened after its main sponsor Nigerian Breweries abruptly withdrew its patronage. Farafina Trust is a non-profit organization established to promote reading, writing, a culture of social introspection and engagement with society through the literary arts. One…

  • Short Story Day Africa, Goethe Institut announce ID Flow Workshop Participants

    Short Story Day Africa, Goethe Institut announce ID Flow Workshop Participants

    Short Story Day, Goethe Institut have announced participants to take part in ID Flow Workshop across the continent. The workshops will be facilitated by Efemia Chela, Rachel Zadok, Agazit Guramayle, Anne Moraa, Dzekashu MacViban, Sharon Kasanda. In April 2017, Short Story Day Africa in partnership with the Goethe-Institut invited submissions from writers who would attend…

  • Short Story Day Africa 2017 workshops seeks submissions

    Short Story Day Africa 2017 workshops seeks submissions

    Short Story Day Africa in partnership with the Goethe-Institut invite submissions to attend a series of one day workshops across the continent. Shorty Story Day Africa are now at the stage where they have workshops for African writers and they are looking for your submission. They have the “usual” terms and conditions for all entries…

  • Eleven African writers descend on Dar es Salaam for Caine Prize workshop 2017

    Eleven African writers descend on Dar es Salaam for Caine Prize workshop 2017

    Eleven African writers are currently in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the annual Caine Prize workshop. The Caine Prize won’t be new to any reader of this blog. Started in 2000 to cast a spotlight on African writers, some of the most well-known writers have emerged since then. The Caine Prize workshop which is less…