Monday, February 27, 2012

Apply for a place at the Breadloaf Writers'Conference

The conference will take place from Wednesday, August 15 to Saturday, August 25. 
During the Conference, writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are the core of the curriculum. Each faculty member conducts a small workshop, most often of ten contributors, meeting for five two-hour sessions over the course of the Conference. All participants also meet individually with their workshop leader to amplify and refine what was said in the workshop itself.
The conference offers many opportunities for you to inform yourself about the world of publishing. Early in the Conference, guest editors and agents give overviews of the industry, describing the functions of agents and literary editors, answering questions, and offering guidelines on how to submit book proposals and full-length manuscripts. You may sign up to meet with an editor or agent in small groups.
Magazine editors, publicists, grant specialists, and other guests offer a range of presentations on topics related to publishing.

There are a number of fellowships available. They include the Fairbanks International Fellowship or Tuition Scholarship Applications for African and Caribbean Writers. The Fairbanks award supports a writer living in Africa or the Caribbean to attend the Conference. The Fairbanks award covers tuition, room, and board at the Conference; in addition, this special award covers travel expenses.The application deadline for this particular award is April 2 (please note that this deadline is later than the usual Bread Loaf deadline, which is March 1). 

Learn more about the conference here and here.
What She Thinks: All the best!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fiction Friday: Five Stories For You!

It is the last friday in february, the month of love ** :) . Just because I love you, this friday I invite you to read five fascinating stories about what life might be like in 2025. I hope you enjoy them.
The stories are:
The Good Listener by Micheal Marshall Smith
Life in 2025 by Marcus Sedgwick
The Last Ladybird by Kate Harrison
Eternal Bliss by Markus Albers
Twentytwentfive by Lesly Lokko

Find the five stories right here.

What She Thinks: Where will you be in 2025?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fiction Friday: A Visit by Presca Ahn

This exquisite story unfolds in  a cemetary. Beautiful writing, you should read it. Presca Ahn is currently a David T Wong fellow at the University of East Anglia. It reads like an excerpt from something bigger and I would definitely want to read the rest of it.

Read the story here.

What She Thinks: What will you be remembered for?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Writers Speak- Okparanta, Tshuma, Ibrahim

Do read the following interviews for what emerging African writers have to say about writing, publishing, sexuality and much more.

Chinelo Okparanta talks to Yuka Igarashi about her work and Nigeria here.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim speak to Emma Iduma about their writing here and here.

What She Thinks: Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fiction Friday: Runs Girls by Chinelo Okparanta

Today, I invite you to read this new story on Granta's website. Ms Okparanta writes a touching story about a young woman who struggles to care for her sick mother. I think you will enjoy it. Read the story right here.

What She Thinks: What would you sacrifice for your loved ones?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Back On The Blog

As we say, long time! Happy new year, eku subsidy and everything.
Where have I been? Well, not to london to see the Queen. I've been so busy with school work. I am back now and hope to update this blog as often as I can.
While I have been away from the blogosphere, so much has happened and wonderful people like Chioma  have been keeping you (and I) updated about the world of literature. 
If you have not been keeping up with her blog, do go there now and check out some of the information she has up there.

Saraba's Sex and Sexuality issue

Saraba Magazine’s 11th Issue will explore the subject of sex and sexuality – sex as ‘being’ and sex as ‘doing.’ How does sex manifest itself as a question of personhood, difference, affection, rights, protest, etc.
The Publishers and Editors hope to recieve diverse submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction that reflect the open-ended parenthesis that surrounds/reflects the diversity of sex and sexuality. Our bias is for work that is experimental in form and organic in outlook /subtleties. Learn more here.

Artists working in any medium and writers expressing themselves in any form or genre are invited to submit work for the tenth issue of ITCH Online. The "theme" is: ≠
You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.
Submissions will be accepted until 29 February 2012. Learn more  here.

Tune in tomorrow for Fiction Friday!

What She Thinks: All the best!