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Novelist Yewande Omotoso. Image from Mail and Guardian.

Mawazo Africa Writing Institute is accepting applications for its second annual “Writing the Novel” course. Mawazo Africa Writing Institute is a creative arts company based in Entebbe, Uganda “whose mission is to nurture African writers so as to enhance literary production across the continent, with a particular emphasis on creative writing workshops in all genres.”

“Writing the Novel 2,” open to writers across Africa, will be facilitated by South Africa-based Nigerian writer Yewande Omotoso, author of the 2017 Baileys Prize-longlisted The Woman Next Door and the 2013 Etisalat Prize-shortlisted Bom Boy.

In an email to Brittle Paper, Mawazo Africa Writing Institute co-director Farida Bagalaaliwo explained that it would be a 3-month online programme and would take place between October 2018 and January 2019.

Novel manuscripts submitted must be at least 80,000 words.

The submission period is from June 1 to July 30, 2018.

For more details, visit mawazowritingafrica.com.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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