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Bakwa magazine invites applications for a creative writing workshop which will take place on October 29 at the Goethe-Institut. This workshop, which falls within the framework of Bakwa magazine’s mission to celebrate emerging writers from Cameroon, will incubate 24 writers (who write in either English or French).
Bakwa magazine has always been interested in creating space where high-quality writing— from fiction, long-form journalism and reviews— from Cameroon (and the rest of the world) can be published.
The workshop will explore the importance of new narratives and the writers will be expected to work on several exercises that will help them mould their narratives.
It is our hope that at the end of the workshop, these writers will be able to comprehend how new narratives should reflect our ever-changing society. The best stories by participants will be considered for one of two forthcoming anthologies by Bakwa in 2017.
Interested participants should send a writing sample of at least 1000 words, as well as a short biography to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll be receiving submissions from October 3 – October 22.
Babila Mutia holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and a Ph.D. in English from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. His short stories and poetry have been featured in anthologies and reviews worldwide, and his work has been broadcast on the BBC. In 1993 Mutia was a guest of the Berlin Academy of Arts for an international short story reading. He has been a visiting Fulbright scholar in Western Washington University, Bellingham, US (1996/97); visiting professor of African literature, Bayreuth University, Germany (2000/01); and visiting professor of African literature and creative writing in Dickinson College, Carlyle, US (2003/04). Mutia is an international, professional storyteller who has performed his stories in Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario); Belgium, Germany, the US (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington State) and South Africa. He currently lectures Creative Writing, African literature, and Research Methods in the English department at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon.
Jean-Claude Awono was born in 1969 in Sa’a, Cameroon. After obtaining a Baccalaureat (equivalent of the GCE Advanced Level) in the arts series, he enrolled in the French Modern Letters department of the University of Yaounde I, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French Modern Letters with English language and Civilisation as elective in 1993. He then entered the Yaounde Advanced Teacher Training College, where he graduated two years later as a language and literature teacher. Since then, he has served in various public high schools. In addition to this professional career, he and other Cameroonian poets founded La Ronde des Poètes du Cameroun in 1996. This association, under his leadership, gave rise to Hiototi – a Cameroonian poetry, language, and culture review –, the Observatoire camerounaise de la culture, the Centre culturel Francis Bebey, and the Festival de Poésie des Sept Collines de Yaounde.
A literary critic and chronicler, he is currently director of Éditions Ifrikiya. He has participated in poetry festivals in Africa, Europe, and China. In 2011, he won the Prix international de poésie de Bretagne-Réunie in France. His poems, several of which have been published in collections and anthologies, have been translated into a number languages, including Romanian, English, Creole, Breton, etc.