African Writers Trust in partnership with Commonwealth Writers will conduct an Editorial Skills Development workshop in Kampala, Uganda, from 16th to 20th June 2014. Led by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, a book editor with over fifteen years experience at Penguin, Random House and Granta in the UK, the training will target editors from the East Africa […]
Writer In Residence
Following the Tightrope
EXCERPT: Long, black, straight lines of ink. There’s atonement in words. In writing to the secret imagination of a forgiver, who will listen without response, question, or furrowed brow and will, at the end, forgive. This is all really a forgiveness game. A small bet with an empty room and a silent, heavy filament light. […]
Open Road Review Invites Submissions
“Open Road Review publishes short fiction (including translations), creative nonfiction (CNF), poetry and artwork at the present time.” OPEN ROAD REVIEW literary journal invites submissions from short story writers who haven’t had a full-length book published for the OPEN ROAD REVIEW SHORT STORY PRIZE 2014. Five finalists will be published in Issue 9 on 1 […]
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“The reassuring solidity of the mahogany dining table provided much-needed support, though Laila was not conscious of leaning against it as she listened to her mother’s splintered voice spilling out the story: her sister Shaheen, an accident on the highway, and the clinical silence of the intensive care unit as a terrified family huddled together for comfort, waiting for news.”
You can read the rest of Farah Ghuznavi’s gripping new short story “Getting There” here.
Also, do check out all nine posts from Farah’s time as our Writer in Residence for information on ‘negotiating with your muse’ and the ‘road to publication’.
“For you to ask the question, ‘why fiction?’ Why not fiction? I don’t see what it can’t do.”
“When you think about societies that have been locked in seemingly endless cycles of violence, one of the reasons is because of the failure of imagination to see an alternative narrative, an alternative way of being and of living together.”
Melina Nathan, UNDP
“A short story needs to be a perfectly formed drop of water… it should not be stretched out and turned into a rainstorm”