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From 2 to 15 December 2020, Don’t Shut Up Jacana Masterclasses will offer a series of seven two-hour seminars for interested readers, practicing writers and publishers longing for a fresh take.

Jacana has signed up the best to deliver well-constructed, thought provoking and decidedly helpful masterclasses.


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The Art and Practice of Poetry with Sandile Ngidi

On Wednesday, 2 December Jacana will host Part 1 of The Art and Practice of Poetry. This Masterclass, will take place over two consecutive Wednesdays. South African poet and literary critic Sandile Ngidi will present a seminar on poetry as a lived experience and craft. For those keen to enhance their grasp of poetry, you will learn how to make pain and anger speak, laugh and dance itself away, how to draw notes from your work, how to elevate everyday observations into poetic conversation points. You will be expected write a poem during the week which may be chosen for anonymous evaluation in the second group session.

Who should attend?

Those who are keen to enhance their grasp of poetry as lived experience and craft. Songwriters who sense that something is lacking in the quality of their lyrics. Those who feel strongly about a personal loss or moment of uncertainty that they believe poetry would be a possible outlet. Those who are excited to discover ‘new’ linguistic worlds through translation from other languages (isiZulu in this case). Those who are willing to have their work anonymously evaluated online. Poets who are open minded and keen to learn from a wide range of other poets.

Part 1: Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 16:00–17:30
Part 2: Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 16:00–16:45
Cost: R250 (for both sessions)

The Delicate Art of the Short Story with Rémy Ngamije

Thursday, 3 December is the date to keep to meet with Rémy Ngamije. Rémy is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. His debut novel The Eternal Audience of One was published by Blackbird Books in South Africa and is forthcoming from Scout Press (S&S). He is the editor-in-chief of Doek!, Namibia’s first literary magazine. His short stories have appeared in Litro Magazine, AFREADA, The Johannesburg Review of Books, The Amistad, The Kalahari Review, American Chordata, Doek!, Azure, Sultan’s Seal, Santa Ana River Review, Columbia Journal, New Contrast, Necessary Fiction, Silver Pinion and Lolwe. He has been longlisted for the 2020 Afritondo Short Story Prize and shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines in 2019.

Sign up for real insights into story, shape, character, opening lines and what to do with your stories once they are written. Rémy will entertain you, open your minds, and you will leave this class stimulated, empowered and ready to write the world.

Who should attend?

Aspiring and emerging short story writers working in all genres who are interested in writing short stories for submissions, competitions, and short story collections. Short story writers who are editing their drafts or compiling their short story collections. Novelists who seek to transition to the short form.

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2020, 16:00–18:00.
Cost: R250

So You Want to Find an Agent? And Why with Anna Soler-Pont

What do writers Efemia Chela, Imraan Coovadia, zp dala, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Kopano Matlwa, Thando Mgqolozana, Irene Muchemi-Ndirita, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Hope Netshivhambe, Masande Ntshanga, Megan Ross, Minna Salami have in common?

They are all represented by The Pontas Agency, founded by Anna Soler-Pont, who is with us on Saturday, 5 December. Come and strut your stuff, and find out just what agents look for, what they do, how they do it, and why writers are better with one than without.

Anna, from an interview in Publishing Perspectives on the 25th anniversary of Pontas:

‘I’m proud of the success of the authors we represent and of providing good international service to our clients so they can devote their lives to writing. I’m also proud of having succeeded in the most challenging journey of all: going from a personal and self-made project to a professional and profitable business without losing passion or the will to learn every day.’

Who should attend?

Aspiring and/or emerging writers who are keen to get their work published. Writers who have completed a novel but are unsure of how to submit or whom to submit to.

Date: Saturday, 5 December 2020, 10:00–12:00
Cost: R250

Categories Fiction Non-fiction South Africa

Tags Anna Soler-Pont Creative Writing Jacana Media Poetry Pontas Agency Rémy Ngamije Sandile Ngidi Writing Writing Advice

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