Celebrating East African Writing!
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. How does a story go from something that is simply told to something that takes hold of the reader and won’t let go? Okwiri and Teju will work with twenty-five students to show how editing can help transform an ordinary story into something special.
Okwiri Oduor is the winner of the 2014 Caine Prize for her short story “My Father’s Head”. She is a 2014 MacDowell Colony fellow. Okwiri Oduor published her first novella, “The Dream Chasers”, in 2011. It was highly commended by the Commonwealth Book Prize, 2012. She is currently at work on her debut novel.
Teju Cole is writer, art historian, street photographer and the author of Every Day is for the Thief and Open City. His novel Open City has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It has also been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature.
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