African Writers Abroad: Creative Writing Courses



*Creative Writing Residential (Devon)*

The AWA/Arvon course is a special partnership residential taking place for
AWA members and prospective AWA members. We are in an exciting time for writers of African descent and invite you to join us.  The week long course will be held in Devon at Totleigh Barton, a thatched pre-Domesday manor house surrounded by farmland in one of the most peaceful and beautiful parts of Devon.

Jacob Ross is a novelist, short story writer and a tutor of Narrative Craft.
He is the author of acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone and A
Way to Catch the Dust
. He currently lectures in creative writing in
international literature at home and abroad and is a regular tutor  at The
Arvon Foundation and a sought after mentor. In 2006, he was selected as a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was a judge for the V.S.
Pritchett Memorial Prize in 2008, the Tom-Gallon Award. His first novel, Pynter Bender was highly acclaimed in the National Press. He is currently working on his second book, A Village Above the Wind.

Dorothea Smartt, a respected Black British poet of Barbadian heritage, is the author of two books of poetry; Connecting Medium
and Ship Shape. She has also been published in several anthologies
internationally and has performed her work across the globe.  Most recently,
she has been anthologised in Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry. She
is the poetry editor for SABLE Litmag, and co-director of Inscribe, Peepal
Tree Press’s Black and Asian writer development programme in Yorkshire.

Nii** Ayikwei Parkes is co-founder and senior editor at flipped eye
publishing.  Nii has been shortlisted for the UK Young Publishing
Entrepreneur award. In 2007, he was awarded Ghana’s National ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy. Nii is on the board of the Arvon Foundation.
He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. His debut novel is Tail of
the Blue Bird
and his forthcoming poetry collection is The Makings of Me.

The week will include:
 – Fiction Masterclasses
 – Poetry Masterclasses
 – Workshops on Publishing and Editing
 – Time and space for your own writing
 – Strategic Planning for AWA

Places are limited.  If you are interested in becoming a member of AWA and joining  us on this course, please contact us now<>

A 5 Day course for young people aged 16-25 from 16-25 August.
A unique summer course that combines music, art, politics and human right. Bring your ideas to life and stir things up as a performance poet, dj or video
maker. Places are FREE but please register by 6 August.<>or
phone him on 0208 100 2815

 NAWAL EL SAADAWI : Weekend Course

Creativity, Dissidence and Women
19-21 November
Goldsmiths College, London

Creativity, Dissidence and Women is Nawal el Saadawi’s trademark course –
teaching it in London for the first time.  She will be in the UK in
November, courtesy of AWA,  with funding assistance from Arts Council
England, and in collaboration with SABLE LitMag and Mslexia magazines and
the assistance of Dr. Deirde Osborne of Goldsmiths College, University of

For more information and bookings, visit the
or contact us on
Discounts available for AWA members, full time students and subscribers to
SABLE LitMag and Mslexia. Members of AWA receive discounts to all courses and events organised by AWA but space is always limited, so please book early. For information about AWA and how to be involved and details of membership please visit the website


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