Brittle Paper fam, South African author Keletso Mopai needs our help. She is raising funds to attend graduate school.

According to a statement on her GoFundMe page, Mopai had been offered several spots at top universities to study creative writing. However, as a result of inadequate funding, she was forced to give them up. This time, she has been accepted to the University of Capetown for an MA in Creative Writing. The two-year program would cost her approximately USD 14,000, which is the least expensive of her offers.

Mopai is a geology graduate, in addition to being a remarkable writer and storyteller. Her debut work If You Keep Digging was published in 2019 to considerable acclaim. Most of the stories in the collection have either won or have been shortlisted for awards, including the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction.

The fundraising campaign is run by Bianca Marais, fellow South African author and instructor, as part of the Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative. As an added incentive, Marais has a deal for writers. For each $20 you donate, you’ll get one ticket into a draw to have a full manuscript evaluation done by her. The higher the donations, the more tickets given and the higher the chances of winning.

The funds raised in this campaign ($9,300) will cover Mopai’s first year of study, including residency fees.

Donate by clicking HERE.