Read The Behind: Part One Argh, I’m watching her now Shingi. So dramatic! Kucheka hembe dzeku Truworths kudaro! That pair of scissors was huge! I wonder what the wardrobe lady … Continue reading
Whenever Zukiswa was in front of the camera, everyone focused on her behind. It didn’t matter that she had an arts degree from the country’s prestigious university. It didn’t matter … Continue reading
The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced the 2014 winners: Portia Dery, from Ghana wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, Grandma’s List. Mary Ononokpono, from … Continue reading
Are you a creative mind who is discombobulated by the status quo in Kenya? Do the devastating statistics about the current state of literacy give you sleepless nights? Do you turn blue with rage when people laugh at this horrible joke: If you want to hide money from a Kenyan, hide it in a book? Do you desire to see a Kenya with a vibrant knowledge and creative economy? Then you need to be part of our team!
Storymoja and the #BlackWomenBeLikeSeries are pleased to present Finish the Story Friday – a series of the stories between the lines of stereotypes about black African women. On the second … Continue reading
Accra, November 2, 2014 – The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced their shortlisted writers for 2014. Established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds … Continue reading
Abigail Arunga describes herself as “a passive aggressive narcissistically inclined writer who hopes her dreadlocks will one day grow to the length of Maxi Priest’s hair despite her dear mother’s … Continue reading
The Reality Check! Series is a book series meant for teens and young adults (13 – 19 years of age). Through entertaining and thought provoking stories, the series explores and … Continue reading
The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is pleased to present to you the October 2014 Showcase of Short Stories. The October showcase represents a varied range of writing styles under different topics. We could not feature all stories submitted but we sure hope you enjoy these!
Ciku Kimeria is the author of Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges. She lives and works in Kenya as a consultant focusing on international development issues at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. In her free time, she enjoys writing and traveling. The Storymoja Writers’ Blog recently had a chat with Ciku about her writing life.
October 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM EDT In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also … Continue reading
Deadline for Application: 30th October 2014
The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is back! For guidelines on what, when and where to submit, please see our submission guidelines. For October, please send in your short stories which should … Continue reading
The Writers’ Blog will feature your short stories as well as book reviews and conversations with your favourite East African authors. Short Stories Every month, we will make a call … Continue reading
His speech was all encompassing, touching on not just the environment, but issues affecting the African continent in general. Issues including leadership or lack thereof, terrorism (Al Shabaab, Boko Haram … Continue reading
The 2014 Storymoja Festival happened September 17-21, 2014 at the Nairobi National Museum.
The Storymoja Festival in conjunction with Hisia Zangu announced the Judges’ Choice for the 2014 Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest at the Kenyan to the Kore Workshop … Continue reading
The Storymoja Festival in partnership with Hisia Zangu Poetry is pleased to announce the 2014 Storymoja Festival Page Poetry Shortlist! An Urgent Poem by Sanya Noel (Read) O Pendulum, Go … Continue reading
Jaza Matatu na Vitabu Music Concert starring Sauti Sol (Kenya), Berry Heart (Botswana) and Dizreali(UK).
Courtyard 7:00pm till late Premium event tickets Ksh 800/ in advance. Ksh 1000/ at the door. Jaza Matatu na Vitabu Music Concert starring Sauti Sol (Kenya), Berry Heart (Botswana) and … Continue reading
Afreeka! A Storymoja Stir-up to raise money for http://www.startalibrary.org Starring Teardrop, KIU and Ayrosh! A multimedia show with film, spoken word, storytelling, live art and music celebrating the energy and creativity of our youth as they mentally break free from shackles of the past.
After many conversations, discussions, and votes to reach a consensus the judges to the Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest Richie Maccs, Clifton Gachagua and Stephen Derwent Partington … Continue reading
Masterclass: The Inner Life of Sentences – A Fiction Masterclass With: Okwiri Oduor and Teju Cole Time: Fri 19th September 2pm – 5pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum Not all narratives are equally memorable. … Continue reading
Masterclass: Siri ya Kuandika Kazi za Kibunifu With: Ken Walibora Time: Thursday 19th September 2pm – 5pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum Ubunifu ni kuona yale ambayo hayapo na kuyafinyanga mpaka yawe kama yapo, … Continue reading
Masterclass: Fiction for Beginners With: Doreen Baingana Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum Do you have lots of stories mulling in your mind but you can’t seem to … Continue reading
Masterclass: The Art of Storytelling With: Ernest Wamboye & Mshai Mwangola Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum Everyone can tell a story but not everyone is a storyteller. … Continue reading
Masterclass: The Blockbuster – The Perfect Antidote to Writer’s Block” With: Kwame Dawes & Phyllis Muthoni Time: Friday 19th September 2pm – 5pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum The “Blockbuster: The Perfect Antidote … Continue reading
Masterclass: Healing Through Writing With: Beatrice Lamwaka Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum Writing can heal the body and soul. ‘Healing through Writing’ is designed to explore … Continue reading
We would like to thank everyone who submitted their poetry to the #ToBeKenyan Page Poetry Contest. The Judges will now sort through your entries. A Longlist will be announced on … Continue reading
Page poetry is intended for the eye, whereas Spoken Word engages both the eye and the ear. Some poetry that is originally meant for the page is sometimes suitable for … Continue reading
Getting published or thinking about it? Congratulations – but there’s more. After the writing, the real work begins: marketing! Learn tips and tricks for how to promote your works and brand yourself as an author. Develop an outline of a promotional strategy in this interactive workshop. – With Vered Ehsani & Alexander Nderitu
Interested in publishing that manuscript? Not sure where to start? Join us for a lively discussion about self-publishing, the pros and cons, and how to do it. – With Alexander Nderitu & Vered Ehsani
Masterclass: Critiquing & Editing Poetry With: Matthew Shenoda (Egypt/USA) & Ladan Osman (Somalia/USA) Time: Thur 18th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Venue: Nairobi National Museum One of the most essential elements … Continue reading
Storymoja Festival Masterclass Series : Documentary Film Production With: Kenny Mann Time: Wed 17th September 2:30pm – 5:30pm Do you have great ideas for a documentary film but get bogged … Continue reading
1. You have two chances to catch our current touring show KIMBIA in Nairobi, at 2pm or 5pm on Saturday the 26th of July at The Theatre Company Studio, The … Continue reading
The Deadline for registration for the SLAM (Spoken Word) Contest has been pulled up to 11th July. A Pre-SLAM will be held on 13th July at Words Galore at PAWA254. You can register as a Slammer by calling this number 0720 785 173 or 0736 564 538 by Friday, 11th July 2014 or email email@example.com. Email subject line should read “52nd Slam Application” .
The judges have finally decided! The winning story is: Lucky No.7 by Christine Yienya Explaining their decision, the judges wrote: A good story, a good short story, does not force … Continue reading
Ndiritu Wahome is the author of The Sad Artist and Other Fairy Tales. The Writers’ Blog had a chat with him about his writing and his newly published book. How … Continue reading
Phew! What a reading experience! The Storymoja Judges finally have a shortlist of 8, but haven’t made a verdict on the winning story yet. Why don’t you read through the … Continue reading
We hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Looks like we are going to spend our holiday Monday sorting through entries to the Lunatic Express Short Story contest. The shortlist … Continue reading
Dear Friend of the Storymoja Festival, Do you have a blog, or wish to own a blog where you can air your thoughts on pertinent issues with regards to literature, … Continue reading
Kwani Trust invites applications for a residential fiction workshop to be held from June 24th to July 6th. Following Kwani?’s pursuit of developing new contemporary fiction, the workshop will incubate … Continue reading
Author Richard Crompton lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and their three young children. A former BBC journalist, Crompton left London several years ago when his wife, a human … Continue reading
This month we are looking for fun – out-of-the-ordinary, maybe a little scary, with surprising twists, and turns – stories. And yes, we have deliberately referenced East African Cultural Lore … Continue reading
The Storymoja Writers’ Blog is delighted to announce the winner of the Poetic Pains Contest. In addition to the KES 1000/- airtime, the winner will also have a chance to participate in a poetry masterclass led by a seasoned poet who will feature in the 2014 Storymoja Festival.
The Storymoja Festival is pleased to announce that the next Ideagasm will be on May 10, 2014 at 10am to 1pm at the Storymoja Offices in Springvalley, Westlands. This event … Continue reading
The judges have deliberated and the Storymoja Writers’ Blog is delighted to announce the Shortlist for the Poetic Pains Contest. The five poems chosen were among many other impressive entries. … Continue reading
I started writing as soon as I learned how to write. I was always writing little stories to please my mother, many times, not finishing them. I thought that everyone … Continue reading
There is a pleasure in poetic pains Which only poets know. – William Cowper Finally it is here, a chance to craft and share our poetry on this forum. … Continue reading
Deadline: 8th April 2014
To apply you should be 18 – 35 years old and based in Nairobi