Writing workshop with Niq Mhlongo
6pm to 8pm, at Bridge Books
Niq Mhlongo, author of the best-selling short story collection Affluenza, will spend five days at Bridge Books working with a small group of writers to perfect their own short stories.
Writers should submit a draft of their story by 10 February. There are no preconditions for joining the workshop: just a desire to write, to work hard at writing, and to have fun doing it.
By the end of the week, writers should have a polished story ready for submission to contests and publications. Bridge Books will help with contacts for literary magazines and contests.
"My advice to wannabe writers is to write, and do not try to sound like any writer except yourself. The world is waiting for your unique story that is still trapped in your head. Get it out before it drives you insane. How did I get there myself? There was a story that was troubling me and giving me sleepless night. After getting it out, I felt healthier again. Reading a lot of literature will only help boost your confidence and give you an idea of how to write. But you must still write. I write stories that get published because I believe in my stories. I don’t tell the story like other writers. I use my original voice." (Interview in Panorama Magazine)