The Wits Writer’s Club – The third session

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Focus – writing process as a metaphor!

Everyone is requested to think about their writing process. How would you define that process? When you say that you are waiting for a ‘spark’ to ignite the creative juices, do you know what that spark is? How it looks like? Feel like? Taste like? What do you wait for or to understand first before you can unleash your ink on the page? Is it an image of a character? A specific setting? A line? A face?

 Whatever it is, do you understand why it is so important to your writing? To your process? Do you want to understand it? Do you want to control it? Take charge? Or at least make an attempt? If yes, I’d like you to think of a metaphor that would explain the process. How does the metaphor capture the different stages of your writing? How would it communicate that process to someone? Can you give a parallel analysis of how the metaphor not only mirrors but gives a detailed breakdown description of the process? This information should enable me to follow step-by-step instruction of how you work. Is this possible? How detailed can you be? How much can you unlock? I.e. Someone once told me that their writing process is like a kite (metaphor). When they begin a new writing they envision the process to be like building a kite. First you need material; plastic, sticks, string, pins, etc. These in their writing process mirrors research. For instance, you need your grounding data or evidence – sticks hold or provide the basic structure for a kite. So they will look for them first to build the skeleton of a kite. In their writing, this could mean key grounding literature. If you are writing a book about Zombies, what are the basic elements which you must adhere to or establish for your story to hold? Etc… One can go on to explain how the metaphor reveals how and where the writer places themselves in their writing and defines a sense of direction.

If you’ve never did this before, take the challenge and you will see it will start to show you, at the very least, how well you understand or have taken some things for granted in your writing. This process might be spontaneous and mysterious for many but within that there is great room for a writer to understand the workings behind it. Try new things, learn how to stimulate yourself and your writing. We might not have figured out the secret to teach writing but we know how to enable the process. So take a chance. Write a metaphor you think would best explain your process and post it here. You might be amazed at something small you discover about your writing.

Is this important?
Well, you decide.
Date: 4 March 2013 (5 – 8pm)
At The Wits Writing Centre
See the link below for more info:

Writing Works

WritingWorks is a joint initiative undertaken by the Wits Writing Centre and MistryWorks.

The goal of this website is to provide a platform for new and established writers and poets in South Africa to interact, publish their works and exchange ideas. You can publish your work, share ideas with other writers, connect and broaden your network.

Please visit the website below:

http://www.writingworks.co.za/

 

 

The Wits Writer’s Club

About

The goal of this webpage is to provide a platform for new and established writers and poets in South Africa and internationally to interact, publish their works and exchange ideas.
 
Description

If you have your own writings you want to read during the session, then the facilitator must be notified so that we can plan it into the programme. We don’t want the sessions to drag without any sense of direction, so for each meeting I will select a facilitator who will prepare a guideline for us. We want you to get the best out of each session!

The facilitators will be from a range of writing disciplines so that we can cover everyone’s particular interest: poetry, short stories, novels, playwright, scriptwriter, song writers, essayist, journalism, etc.

 
General Information

We meet twice every month.
Each session will be led by a writer who will take us through their approach, techniques and general process as a writer.

 
Membership
The Wits Writer’s Club is for anyone (Witsie or not) who wants to work on their writing.
If you think that writing is a critical skill that needs to be nurtured and developed, then this platform is for you. Come and share your writing and ideas with us!

For more info, visit our FB page below:

http://www.facebook.com/WitsWritersClub

British Council callout for playwrights

New writing opportunity with international theatre, Royal Court
Applications deadline Sunday 14 April 2013.

The British Council is offering South African playwrights the opportunity to work with one of the UK’s leading national theatre companies for a new writing project. There are 12 places for emerging playwrights who can show evidence of a track record of writing plays regardless of whether they have been published or performed. The applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of representatives of the British Council, Royal Court and South African theatre professionals.

Royal Court will travel to South Africa to host the workshop (held in Magaliesburg from 6 July to 14 July) which aims of to support each playwright in writing a new contemporary play. The workshop will be designed for the needs of each writer, explore individual interests, and by the end of the week each writer will be asked to propose an outline of a new idea for a contemporary and original play.

Following the workshop, the participants will be asked to submit their play to the Royal Court who will continue to work with playwrights over the coming two years to develop the plays.

The London-based Royal Court runs long-term play development projects in many different countries, helping to stimulate new writing across the globe.

MAKING AN APPLICATION

Please send your application, with the below items, to Lois Anguria (lois.anguria@britishcouncil.org.za):

  • a brief statement (motivation letter) of why you would like to attend the workshop
  • a single page CV including your date of birth and gender
  • one scene from a recent play you have written and a synopsis of that play
  • two letters of recommendation.

We ask that the application be in English and the workshop will be conducted in English but samples of your work can be written in any language and we will arrange for appropriate translations to be made.

DEADLINES

12 March 2013 – Open call
14 April 2013 – Application deadline
7 May 2013 – Announce participants
6 July – 14 July 2013 – Workshops

There will also be further activities beyond the workshops, so by applying you are committing yourself to being involved in the project for up to two years.

FURTHER INFORMATION
The workshop will be a residential in Magaliesburg, South Africafrom 6 – 13 July 2013. Accommodation, food and workshop spaces will be provided.The British Council office in Johannesburg will facilitate travel.

CONTACT
Please contact Lois Anguria, British Council South Africa, on lois.anguria@britishcouncil.org.za or011 560 9340 if you have any further queries.

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our 7,000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. We earn over 75 per cent of our annual turnover of nearly £700 million form services which customers pay for, education and development contracts we bid for and from partnerships. A UK government grant provides the remaining 25 per cent. We match every £1 of core public funding with over £3 earned in pursuit of charitable purpose. For more information please visit www.britishcouncil.org. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through www.twitter.com/britishcouncil and www.blog.britishcouncil.org.

D&F Academy: The Theater Project

Are you excited about reaching out to people through the medium of theater? Do you want to start a venture that will impact people in your home country? Then apply for the unique one year D&F Academy Theater Project with German director Nils Daniel Finckh and other eminent experts.

Come to the D&F Academy Hamburg for ten weeks and learn how to write and stage a theater piece. During the subsequent ten months you will create your own venture in your home country as part of the D&F Academy DreamMaker Program.

Starting in April 2013, up to 20 Fellows from all around the globe will learn from their Project Friend Nils Daniel Finckh how to create a theater play and how theater can facilitate positive social change. As a Fellow, you will have the unique opportunity to meet experts and practitioners – from actors, directors, and writers to costume designers and activists – to learn about all aspects of creating a play, and about the social impact that theater can have when it addresses both current and universal issues. At the conclusion of your ten weeks in Hamburg, you will return home and, with the support of the innovative online curriculum and an experienced mentor, implement a project idea you are passionate about.

The prestigious D&F Academy Fellowship is a unique opportunity for young people aged 18 to 28 who are eager to make a change. To apply for a D&F Fellowship for the Theater Project, you must submit your application by January 7th, 2013

at www.dfacademy.org.

The Man In The Green Jacket

When everything else goes wrong, hope is the only thing left to count on. Set against the backdrop of a labour unrest in the middle of nowhere, this play delves into the small life of a miner who lives on the edge of obscurity with a father who has lost all hope. A son, Oupa Ledwaba, has to defy his father in order to fight for a better life for his children.

How far will you go to keep your hopes alive?
“For its often refreshing originality, its successful subtleties of theme and character and its determination to provoke discussion rather than violence; I think The Man in the Green Jacket is a must see play” Maurice Posniak
Catch the premier of this new play at the Hillbrow Theatre.
For more info, see the link below:

Press Release

Press Release

Stage reading: The Man In The Green Jacket

By Eliot Moleba

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Background

Last year South Africa was hit by a tragedy on the 16th of August where a group of striking miners were shot during a confrontation with the police leaving 34 of the miners dead. The incident has shocked the country (and the international community) as it is the first time so many lives were lost all at once in South Africa since 1994. It is unfathomable how something like this could happen in democratic state where ‘striking’ is a legal action which is recognized and enshrined in our constitution. In the media coverage, this event has been dubbed as the ‘Marikana Massacre’. The tragedy will leave many families and children stranded because most of the dead miners were their sole breadwinners. It has been a few months but we have yet to hear a course of action from both the mining company and the government as to how they plan to help or support these derelict families. The strikes have mushroomed across the mining sector and have left more miners dead whose families are also left to face the same uncertainties about their futures.

As a result, this project is a fundraising campaign to raise support for all the children of the mining workers who were killed during the 3 month-long labour unrest in the country. This is an international theatre project which is expected to be staged within a few sub-Saharan regions.

The Man In The Green Jacket

This project is a production, which is, in part, a response to the Marikana massacre. It is set against the backdrop of the mining landscape in South Africa; it deals with the personal and political dilemmas of miners, today. It further probes how such a seemingly deliberate tragic event will affect the immediate (and extended) family members of the late miners, especially the children and their education.

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Cast

Pusetso Thibedi

Jacques Mushaandja

Music:
Yogin Sullaphen

Venue:
The Wits Writing Centre (Wartenweiler Library, ground floor)

Date:
22 February 2013

Time:
5pm – 8pm     

And another one:

Venue: The Wits Nunnery
Date: 04 March 2013

Time: 12 – 2pm

Theatre For Change

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