Celebrating East African Writing!
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 Friday of each month, a new story by a writer from a country in an African region the #BlackWomenBeLikeSeries is celebrating will be posted on the Storymoja blog.
The second Friday after that, another writer from a different country in the same region will complete the story written by the previous writer, by adding 750-1000 words to that story. Extra bonus points for introducing a new lead character, connected to the previous story’s one!
This will continue bi-weekly and regions are celebrated quarterly. All the stories written in each three month period will come together to make one nuanced story about the black African women of that region.
We’re presenting and looking for stories that challenge us and the current stereotypes being presented in literature, mainstream and new media about black women, particularly African women. Stories that do this by exploring new internal conflicts, present depth of character in the women and tell us what is important for the women of a particular region.
We’re looking for characters we recognise, would like to meet and can fall in and out of love with.
Writers should focus on the experience of these women rather than race, although we realise that race is an important factor of experience. All stories will be centred on a black African woman. Writers have to be black African women to present their account and also avoid potential offence.
Artists can also complete the story in a series of pictures and artworks instead of words.
The programme will run from 2014-2015 following the schedule below:
|Nov-Dec 2014||Jan-Mar 2015||May-Jul 2015||Aug-Oct 2015||Nov-Dec 2015|
|Southern Africa||East Africa||West Africa||Central Africa||North Africa|
#BlackWomenBeLikeSeries is a series of books, short stories, opinions, artworks and productions to be created by black women to inundate mainstream and new media with more accurate images of black women in 2014/2015. This work will appear quarterly on various platforms the series has partnered with, as black women showcase how they see themselves and each other.
Five black African women writers from the six African regions will have their books published in 2015. Interviews and book reviews will also be published on the Storymoja Platforms.
You can follow the movement: @BlackWomenBLike on Twitter and Black Women Be Like on Facebook.