Sunday, October 25, 2020

Aspiring local writers receive shot in the arm

As one of the platforms that promote local literary talent, The Bessie Head Heritage Trust in collaboration with Diamond Educational Publishers will host a seminar aimed at educating writers on how to get their work published on Saturday, 15 October at the University of Botswana.

The seminar, which is a first of its kind in Botswana, is designed to address the problems that both new and established writers face in deciding how and where to publish their work, says trustee Mary Lederer: “Such an event is meant to stimulate literary form and concise language in writers who are learning to put their works together. It will be an in-depth look into forms of fiction and what is required to be a published writer,” she explains.

LedererÔÇöan independent scholar who has edited a number of articles and books, also stated that the seminar is comprised of four sessions: “Two of them will be led by Lauri Kubuitsile, whose most recent novel, The Scattering, was published by Penguin earlier this year. Kubuitsile has published on different platforms, and has a great deal of experience working with publishers and choosing different places to publish her work. She will lead a session in the morning on different kinds of publishing and how to decide which one is the best for your work. In the second session, she will discuss the writer’s rights and responsibilities with regard to having work published.” 

Conducting the third session will be Goememang Mogapi, the Publishing Manager at Diamond Educational Publishers where she is responsible for all aspects of the publishing processes from identifying and developing potential projects to promoting, marketing, and managing copyright. “Mrs. Mogapi will discuss this traditional publishing process as well as a publisher’s responsibilities towards its writers,” stated Lederer, who will also lead a session on editing your own work and preparing your manuscript for submission and publication.

 “This event is free and open to anyone who would like to know more about how to work on getting published. There is no registration, and you do not need to bring anything except a notebook and pen. Tea will be provided in the morning and afternoon, but participants will have to arrange for their own lunch.”

For more information on the seminar contact Mary Lederer at [email protected] or 72 423 774 or at www.bessiehead.org. The venue of the seminar will be Block 252, adjacent to the University of Botswana Student Centre, in Lecture Theatre 4 (LT4), on the ground floor behind the courtyard.

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