The 2016 Kampala Writers’ Conference

The 2016 Kampala Writers’ Conference
31 Jan 2016

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Dates: October 9-15, 2016
Faculty: TBA on 1 February
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Registration: Applications open 1 March

Join us for the second-annual Kampala Writers’ Conference, an intensive, week-long gathering for writers.

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The Kampala Writers’ Conference is at the heart of the thriving East Africa literary scene.  With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers guided freewrites; morning workshops presented by vital, contemporary writers; afternoon school visits to teach creative-writing workshops to the next generation of writers; and parties, gatherings, and other community events–as well as a lot of downtime for reading, writing, rest, and enjoying all that Kampala has to offer.

Whether you’re new to writing, and seeking an inspirational environment to create new work; looking for advanced workshops; or simply desire to renew and recharge yourself in a writing retreat, the Kampala Writers’ Conference gives you the craft and connections to make breakthroughs in your work, as well as give back to the next generation of writers.

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Registration applications open on 1 March, 2016. All Conference participants stay together on-site Lunch is provided for all participants each day: each participant is responsible for their own breakfast and supper. If you would like housing provided, indicate this on the application form.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 9
5-8: Welcome gathering, introductions.

Monday, October 10
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits

Tuesday, October 11
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits

Wednesday, October 12
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
Afternoon: Visit to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Thursday, October 13
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits

Friday, October 14
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits
6 pm: Celebratory bonfire, farewell gathering, and open-mike for participants in each of the workshops.

Saturday, October 15
Departure

FACULTY:

Kagayi Peter

The Poet and the Society
In this class, we shall discuss the roots and diverse history of spoken word (oral poetry) in various societies, study the oral poetry scene in Uganda (and evaluate its foreign influences), explore the use our real life stories through oral expression (the poet and the society), write poems and have poetry critiquing sessions, and have poetry performance trainings. At the end of the class, all participants shall participate in a spoken-word show set up for a public audience.

Kagayi Peter is a Ugandan, lawyer, teacher, poet, critic. A former grandaunt of the school of law from Makerere University, he is currently is the coordinator of the Anglophone programs at the Centre for African Excellence (CACE,) the organisation which distributes African Literature fiction, runs an African Short Story Award for young writers after taking them through a mentorship program, runs the Writivism Festival, Ubuntu Conversations, African Dialogue of Tongues (ADOT) and the Schools Pre-text Program. His body of works includes poems, short plays and short stories. Also a blogger, he is one of the leading figures of Uganda’s contemporary poetry generation, his poems have been enjoyed by many readers and listeners alike as favourite. He has directed, produced (or performed in) over 15 poetry theater productions at the Uganda National Theater. He is also credited for initiating successful poetry initiatives in a number of secondary schools and mentoring a number of many teenage poets. His works have been published in various on-line magazines, and poetry anthologies. His first poetry collection will be released soon. He now lives in Kampala, where he also runs a tri-weekly poetry night at the Uganda National Theater.

Two more faculty TBA. Stay tuned!

For more details visit http://kahini.org/the-2016-kampala-writers-conference/

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