Kwani Lit Fest – Nairobi & Lamu, Kenya – August 1-15, 2008
Description of Events
Week long Craft workshops
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KWANI LIT FEST: REVISIONING KENYA
NAIROBI and LAMU, KENYA
AUGUST 1-15, 2008
Manuscript required (about 15 pages). An intensive critique, discussion and
exchange of opinion on your work in a dynamic group setting. Taken by
experience authors, each workshop will focus on essential craft attributes.
Fiction – An exploration of the elements of writing, demands of literary
genres, differences between the short story and the novel. Focus will be on
character development, plot, conflict, dialogue and story telling.
Designed for essayists, writers of memoir, this will explore the art of telling
true stories. Developing scenes, holidng interest, voice, narrative arcs will all
Creating racy plots, compelling storylines, believable plots. This workshop
will focus on the lucrative and exciting genre of crime writing. It will look at
Discussion of poetry, performances, structure, elemental issues. Please bring
a max of 6 poems
A guide to news and feature writing, journalistic techniques, how to produce
a story and sell it to a newspaper or magazine. Citizen journalism and
blogging will also be touched on.
Voicing your Work
Readings are a vital part of an author’s creative life these days. The abilty to
bring the works on the page to life is critical. A day’s guide to how best to
use your voice, to engage your audience and to make the best of your work.
Yoga and Writing
Freewriting is the best way to disengage that inner writing critic that can
snuff out or stifle creative writing. Emotions can also be released and guided
in this process by yoga. Different asanas engender different responses which
are visible in the writing. Especially when freewriting. The idea is to explore
the links between mind, body and emotion using both yoga and
freewriting. More to be revealed in the process…
Description of Events
How to set up your blog, chose your subjects, deal with comments, make
thigns interesting and get your blog to stand out among the millions added
daily to the internet. A successful blogger tells all.
Discuss the role of children’s literature in shaping the next generation. What
are the new ‘morals of the story’ in the 21st century? Can children’s books
help to build bridges between cultures/tribes in this globalised world? Try
your hand at creating one
A look at writing poetry for yourself, public performance and for school
children. Some tips on selling and a performance of his own work from Nii
Parkes. Bring a poem if you want.
Ever fancied writing for Conde Nast? Or Lonely Planet. A look at the
requirements and methods to write interesting travel stories complete with a
trip to one of Kenya’s tourist sites to practise for yourself
A one day symposium featuring the best and most innovative speakers in
their fields. Hear inventors, economists, farmers, social entrepreneurs, ICT
experts, intellectuals, businessmen, creatives and more outline their vision
for the way forward in Kenya. Be inspired! Find a template, discuss, take part
in the vision to move Kenya to a better place. Prominent guest speakers tbc
Literary Lunches – A delightful lunch with an author, complete with
readings, and interview. Ask questions, get your book signed, sip the wine
Literary Dinner – Interviews, mingling with authors, this sell out event is
back. Meet writers, see performance poets, purchase books, all in a delightful
Book Launches – An opportunity to hear the latest talent. Come here the
author read and discuss their work, and get yourself a signed copies of their
Panel: Making Sense of Violence
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How does one reconcile the mundane acts of everyday life with acts of daily
violence and horror? Writers who struggle to make sense of humanity in
times of overwhelming calamity discuss how to capture the enormity of these
events in fiction.
Panel: The Fallacy of Post-Colonial Fiction
“There’s nothing post about colonialism. Merely a shift in the modus
operandi,” says Adib Khan in A Spiral Road. Is post-colonial fiction a
construct of western publishers and the literary community? Does it deny
writers their history and nationality in order to position their work purely in
relation to their colonised past? Writers discuss time, placement and history.
Your opportunity for a one-on-one 45-min intensive ‘super’ session about
your completed manuscript with a published writer. Unsure what to do with
your completed manuscript and how to approach publishers? This is a
fantastic opportunity to get advice from someone with excellent inside
knowledge of the publishing industry. Bring the first chapter of your
manuscript and any other material you think is relevant to the interview. And
come with questions! By appointment only.
See some of Kenya’s best know sites in the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru and
Tsavo in our literary safari. Travel with a Kenyan writer, find inspiration and
guidance from our expert help and the extraordinarily beautiful surroundings.
The final week of KLF will allow writers and students to interact and process
information from the intensive workshops and fora and to focus on their own
writing. We will move to the island of Lamu, explore the archipelago, have
readings, launches, and many events centred around inspiration and writing.