Celebrating East African Writing!

Kwani? Open Mic Moves to Phoenix Players

Featured Poets: Teardrops and Wanjiku Mwaurah
Featured Band: H_art the Band
MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: 3rd March 2015
Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre


Oyunga Pala, Chris Lyimo, Mwalimu Andrew, Biko Zulu & Mwalimu Andrew at #CreativesAcademy

Renowned writers Oyunga, Biko, Mwalimu Andrew & Chris Lyimo will be discussing “Careers in Writing” this Saturday, 28th February 2015 at Creatives’ Academy. The session, which will be held at … Continue reading

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Voices – Part Three [Finish The Story Friday]

Read Part One Read Part Two Voices – Part Three [By Ivy Nyayieka] “I’m Shiku, nice to meet you,” Mwas’ date says, stretching her hand out. I don’t know if … Continue reading

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We Broke the National Read Aloud Record!

Yes, we did! Storymoja and Start a Library took one more step towards breaking the world record of Most People Reading Aloud at the Same Time, from the Same text, … Continue reading

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It is three days after Valentine… – February Short Story Call Out

It is three days after Valentine… Your story should not be less than 1200 words; not more than 1600 words long. Send in your work in a word document attachment … Continue reading


Announcing the 2015 Storymoja Festivals

The Storymoja Festival is a platform to showcase, discover and nurture local talent while providing an opportunity for interaction with international talent. This festival started out as a Nyama Choma … Continue reading


Set Yourself Up with True Love This Valentine’s Day

  Looking for love? Tired of doing the same things over and over again and getting the same unpleasant results?itment Don’t set yourself up for heartbreak and disappointment. It’s time … Continue reading


Revising Fiction – A Workshop with Keguro Macharia, PhD

Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers. He has taught a variety of courses in writing and literature at … Continue reading


Voices – Part Two [Finish The Story Friday]

Voices – Part Two [By Mildred Apenyo]

I stiffen the shiver that is snaking up my spine and fix indignation into my eyes before turning to face him. I have nothing solid to say. My eyes, the disloyal fools, can’t even focus. I sound like I am panting. Do I honestly have to breathe so much?

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Editor’s Choice – The Relations Between

Wow! We just love it when the writers submitting to the blog not only entertain us, but also challenge us! The Blog Editors had quite a time deliberating on what … Continue reading

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Relations Between – 7 Stories

Seven Writers attempt to explain: What is the relationship between family curses, bride price and funerals? We asked you for fictional accounts that connects the dots between family curses, bride price and … Continue reading

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Job opportunity at Storymoja

APPLY NOW! An opportunity for 3 local talented, energetic, dynamic and highly motivated ladies & gentlemen to centrally contribute to and learn from being part of a team that will … Continue reading


The Storymoja National Read Aloud (30th January 2015)

Join us on 30th January 2015 at 9:00 am for 15 minutes as we read aloud with children in different schools.


Voices – Introducing Finish the Story Friday East Africa

Voices – Part One [By Shiro Gaitho]

Suck it in. Smile, don’t grimace, smile. Try to look like you’re breathing, without actually breathing. Did you say you feel a bit fat? Well you should have thought about that while you were eating that chocolate and drinking wine by the bottle.

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In Front of the Camera – Part Four

“After reading three stories [Part One, Two, Three] from the Southern Africa celebration, I wanted to do portrait of a woman, because I like portraits. But, I wanted one of a black … Continue reading

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The Relations Between – January Short Story Call Out

What is the relationship between family curses, bride price and funerals?

Deadline: January 30th 2015


While Ages Course Along – Holiday Short Story Collection

First and foremost, please allow us to wish you a happy and prosperous 2015 from the Storymoja Family! This year, we look forward to sharing with you more wonderful stories … Continue reading


Poetry Workshop: On the Line with Keguro Macharia, PhD

Dr. Keguro Macharia is a developmental editor and writer. He has over 15 years experience working with writers in one-on-one and group settings. He has also taught a variety of … Continue reading


In Front of the Camera – The Behind: Part Three

Read The Behind: Part One and Part Two I love my country like you will not believe. It is absolutely where my heart resides. But the corruption and lack of accountability … Continue reading

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A Science Fiction Student Holiday Performance at The Carnivore

Directed by Keith Pearson.

DATE: December 15th, 16th and 18th (2 shows per day)
1st Show: 11am
2nd Show: 4pm

COSTS: Kes 500 ticket only, Kes 1, 200 lunch ticket combo.

VENUE: The Carnivore Play Ground.


Holiday – December Short Story Call Out

Deadline: December 29th 2014

Selected Stories will be published on 5th January 2015. The story selected for Editor’s Choice wins KES 1000/- Airtime.


In Front of the Camera – The Behind: Part Two

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


In Front of the Camera – The Behind : Part One

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

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Winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes Announced

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


Internship At Storymoja Festival (Careerpedia Edition) In Nakuru 28th & 29th May 2015

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!


Finish the Story Friday

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

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Golden Baobab Prizes announce 2014 Shortlisted Writers

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


The Writing Life – Abigail Arunga

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


Call Out For Submissions: Storymoja Reality Check! Series (Life Skills)

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


Phalluses of London & Other Stories – October Showcase

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!


The Writing Life – Ciku Kimeria

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.

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PBS Feature: Storymoja Festival celebrates flourishing African literature

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


Job Opportunities at Storymoja

Brand Manager
Promotions Manager
Deadline for Application: 30th October 2014


October Short Story Call Out

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


2014/2015 Writers’ Blog [Submission Guidelines]

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


Wole Soyinka’s Lecture in Memory of Wangari Maathai at the Storymoja Festival

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


Storymoja Festival in Photos

The 2014 Storymoja Festival happened September 17-21, 2014 at the Nairobi National Museum.


2014 Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Winning Poem Announced

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


Shortlist: 2014 Storymoja Festival Page Poetry

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 – Film, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Live Art & Music

Afreeka! A Storymoja Stir-up to raise money for 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.


Announcing the Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest Longlist

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

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 Kiubunifu

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

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

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

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

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


Thank You – Storymoja Festival/ Hisia Zangu Page Poetry

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


Guerrilla Marketing for Writers – Masterclass

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


Shi Marima & Muthoni Garland – Publishing Perspectives at Daystar Creatives Academy

Open to All

Saturday, February 21, 2015

9:00am – 12:00pm

DAC 105

February 19, 2015

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