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The James Currey Society, in cooperation with University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre, is proud to present the James Currey Society Writing & Publishing Workshop. This workshop, consisting of four half-day sessions, will be facilitated by Stephen Embleton, James Currey Society Fellow to Oxford, 2022. The workshop builds on the unprecedented legacy of the original African Writers Series and James Currey’s prolific contributions, which resulted in a diversity of storytelling, themes of colonialism versus traditional beliefs (e.g. Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”), folktales, oral storytelling and speculative approaches (e.g. Samkange’s “On Trial for my Country”) emerge. Stephen will explore the role of African cosmologies, storytelling traditions, African language translations and social movements as methods of decolonising writing and publishing of creative works in all literary forms. Though centering on African themes and storytelling, the workshop is open to all writers of fiction looking for a different perspective.
Whether you have existing published works, have a work in progress, or are wanting the tools to get started, please submit your motivation statement (along with any available works) for us to review. Please submit a motivation statement of 300-400 words to the following email address, no later than 5pm on 5 January 2022: firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation is limited and we look forward to your submissions. Please indicate if you wish to participate in all four sessions or specify which sessions you wish to participate in.