Reading Stages Workshop

April 22, 2008

Goethe-Institut, in association with Kwani Trust, will run a two-day workshop
intended to provide young creative writers and writing enthusiasts
interested in establishing and running reading stages in Nairobi and around
the country with the tools to do so. The workshop will be held on June 5th
– 6th and will culminate in a free public performance on June 7th.

To participate in this workshop, please submit 1) a letter of interest and
2) up to 3 poems or 1000 words of prose to You may
alternatively post your application to P.O. Box 2895, 00100 Nairobi for
review. Selection for participation in the workshop will be based on the
quality of the work submitted and the applicant’s communicated interest in
or efforts made to propagate new literary forums and communities in Nairobi
and around the country. We ask that applicants discuss what their vision is
for a new forum and articulate the reasoning for bringing one to
their chosen community. While we expect that many applicants will
themselves be writers, we equally invite literary enthusiasts to apply.

The deadline for submissions is May 7, 2008. Entries sent after this date
will not be accepted. Selected participants will be contacted by May 14,
2008. Questions and concerns may also be directed to the above addresses.

We look forward to hearing from you!

SkillFactory Labs

February 20, 2008

Creative Writing “ Basic Elements of Fiction”

Date: Feb 23, 2008

“I particularly recommend fiction as it feeds the creative gene” – Muthoni Garland

Come discover the fundamental building blocks in writing for creative fiction. Understanding these elements is key to becoming a successful writer; one who generates unique stories that resonate with the audience enabling them to solve problems and exploit opportunities they may come across in life.

SkillFactory© labs provide you with the opportunity to pick up practical skills and competencies to get ahead in the creative world through peer-to-peer sharing.

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. To book your place for the session(s) advertised above, send an email providing your name and the session you are interested in to

The labs listed above will be held at the British Council, Nairobi, on Saturday February 23rd during WAPI*

(WAPI, an acronym for Words and Pictures, is a platform for visual and verbal artistes)

Fiction Writing Workshop

December 20, 2007

Kwani Trust will run a fiction writing workshop from January 31 to February 20, 2007. The workshop will have three hour interactive sessions held twice a week in Nairobi.

To participate in this workshop please send a manuscript of between 2,500 and 5000 words to or post to P.O. Box 2895, 00100 Nairobi for review.

The deadline for submission is January 7th, 2008. Entries sent after this date will not be accepted. Selection for participation in the fiction workshop will be based on the strength of the manuscripts submitted and the individual’s availability to attend the workshop.

The selected participants will be contacted by January 14, 2008.

Farafina Online Writers’ Workshop

October 19, 2007

Farafina Online Magazine is introducing a Writers Workshop. This workshop, a part of our “Read Africa!” Literacy Campaign, will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of grammar, composition, characterization, narrative, etc. Through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing, participants will gather the neccesary skills and techniques to make their writing more effective and compelling.

The workshop is an avenue to get tutored by experienced and accomplished writers through close reading and various interactive sessions. Participants are guided through all the stages of the writing process.

Participants will be grouped into stages based on proficiency and also divided into activity groups within the workshop. Users can also create their own networks within the wider network of the workshop and have selected peers view their work.

Features of the workshop also include writing competitions, article ratings, writers/agent/publisher social networking etc. All In all, it promises to be an interesting and productive forum.

The workshop is TOTALLY FREE for all participants. Intending participants are encouraged to post in their writings and ideas. To join please fill the online form at or send your details (Full Name, Occupation, Email Address, City & Country of residence) to