Zukiswa Wanner

So You Think You Can Write Fiction?

Sankara Communications will let award-winning novelist, short-story writer, 2015 Etisalat Prize for Fiction judge, and Saturday Nation columnist Zukiswa Wanner decide that in her bi-monthly writing workshops from April until June. The workshops will culminate in a published anthology of short stories and yours could be one of them.

So how do you become a published writer in three short months?

  1. MPesa a non-refundable deposit of KES3,000 to 0704 650 953. Send proof of payment and a sample of your writing (no more than 2500 words) to sankaracommunications@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is 25 March 2016. The total cost for the workshop, if selected, is US$300 payable over two months (less deposit).
  2. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt and feedback on your sample and whether you have been selected for the workshop or not. Only 12 people will be selected for the workshop. Only ten people will be published. The publishing will depend on the quality of your work and your ability to meet the tight deadlines,

If you are selected, you will be informed of the venue for the workshop and further payment. The first workshop dates are Saturday 2 April, 16 April, and 30th April, 14th May. All editing should be done by 28th May 2016 and writers will have copies of the anthology by the end of June. The workshops will take place in Nairobi, Kenya.

What does your US$S300 get you?

  • A workshop on improving your technique in writing: plot, characterization etc
  • A tutorial on how to get the best from a publishing contract and looking beyond the Kenyan borders for the contract
  • 50 copies of the anthology with your short story to sell to family and friends.

KES30,000? That’s more than a teacher’s monthly salary. Who the hell is Zukiswa Wanner?

Zukiswa Wanner is the author of five books, two children’s books and has had her short stories and essays published in several anthologies. Her debut novel, The Madams (2006) was shortlisted for the South African Literary Award’s K.Sello Duiker Prize. This was followed by the critically-acclaimed Behind Every Successful Man (2008). Men of the South(2010) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best Book (Africa Region) and the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Wanner’s last novel London Cape Town Joburg (2014) won the K.Sello Duiker Prize. This novel as well as her satirical nonfiction Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam (have had stage adaptations in three countries). Wanner’s short story The Dress That Fed the Suit (2008) was selected in 2014 as one of the 20 best short stories in South Africa’s 20 years of democracy. In the same year, she was also selected as one of Africa’s top 39 writers under the age of 40. She is also Mandela’s youngest official biographer, having co-authored the Mandela home biography 8115: A Prisoner’s Home (2010) with the late veteran photographer, Alf Kumalo.







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