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One of the most difficult part of fiction writing is finding and choosing the right words to convey the complex lives and worlds of your characters. Language and style is also how you define your voice and what makes you “you” as a storyteller. If you are an Africa writer, you have probably considered the challenges of incorporating African languages and cultural identities in your writing. Ellah Wakatama, an academic and editor-at-large at Cannongate, has decades of experience in editing. In this course, she teaches you how to pay attention to the ways you use language to bring your characters and their worlds to life.

Instructor Bio: Ellah P. Wakatama is the chair of the AKO Caine Prize for African writing. She is also Editor-at-Large for Canongate Books and is the Creative Manchester Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. She was the founding Publishing Director of the Indigo Press, deputy editor of Granta magazine and Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape Random House. She has judged a number of international literary prizes including the International Dublin Literary Award and the Booker Prize.

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