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Cassava Republic: African Women’s Editorial Workshop 2024 (South Africa)

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Cassava Republic is calling for African women editors at all stages of their careers. From 28 August to 8 September 2024, they will be facilitating a 10-day residential workshop in South Africa for African women editors based on the continent. This skills-development workshop will be in support of Cassava Republic’s anthology of non-fiction by African women writers on the theme of ‘Taboo’.

The editors will work on the essays for the anthology developed by writers from the African Women’s Non-Fiction Writing Workshop. The published anthology will be on the theme of Taboo, with a collection of essays exploring this topic from different angles.

Led by Ellah Wakatama, editor-at large-for Canongate and Chair of the Caine Prize for African writing, the workshop will be a highly interactive opportunity for participants to hone their craft, to edit a piece of commissioned non-fiction in ‘real-time’ with expert support, to obtain on-going mentorship and for their work and to be featured and credited in the forthcoming anthology. Wakatama is an editor, publisher and educator with over 25 years’ of international experience.

Applications are welcome from women (and non-binary) editors working across the African continent with at least two years’ editorial experience, including as an editor, copyeditor or proof-reader. This need not be exclusively non-fiction, or within the publishing industry. Cassava Republic encourages applications equally from those already within publishing houses who are seeking skills development; from freelancers seeking to improve their practice; and from academic editors wishing to develop the skills to edit for a more general readership. This is not a workshop for writers seeking a way to publication and the organisers encourage applicants to be clear in demonstrating their experience, abilities and career ambitions as an editor.

Travel, accommodation, and meals will be provided.


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