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Writer-in-Residence in Austria

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Photo: © Moiz Alvi

Eliot Moleba is invited to develop a new play for a young audience by The Federal Chancellery of Austria, in cooperation with KulturKontakt Austria. The thematic focus of the piece will be on (im)migration, illegal settlements and occupation. The work will explore how such a dense for-ever-contemporary political topic can be made accessible to a younger audience that is living in a world that is increasingly building walls to separate “them” from the “others”, rather than bridges – interlocutors – to help us overcome these differences.

As part of his stay in Austria, Moleba will also conduct workshops with schools, teaching and training teachers.

To read more about the residency program, click here.

To read more about the school project, click here.

 

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International Writing Competition

Call For Writers Deadline April 30, 2013 – International Writing Competition

Three prizes of $50, publication in ArtAscent Magazine including your name a link to your website, as well as exposure in ArtAscent website and social media.

The competition theme is Emergence. Emergence can mean the gradual beginning or coming forth; the event consisting of the start of something; a growth in strength or number or importance; the becoming visible. How you interpret it – literally or symbolically – is up to you.

This call for entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words). Your submission may be previously published, but must be your original creation. Non-winning entries will not be published. You retain rights to your work.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013
Entry $7

See http://www.artascent.com for submission details and to enter.

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