(Re)membering Africa: Creative Writing Workshop

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Empire Studies Collective, English & Creative Writing Departments at University of Houston
contact email: 

Calls For Papers: (Re)membering Africa: Creative Writing Workshop

deadline for submissions: December 1, 2018

name of organization: Empire Studies Collective, English & Creative Writing Departments at University of Houston

contact email: Novuyo Tshuma (nrtshuma@uh.edu)



Keynote Speaker: Susan Andrade

Featured Speaker: Tsitsi Dangarembga

March 28 - 30, 2019

University of Houston



In his book, Re-membering Africa, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o states that


“the history of Africa has not simply been one of deprivation, dispossession and exploitation but also one of resistance and struggle. At the centre of this struggle has been the quest for re-membering Africa so brutally dis-membered...”


(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent and Beyond is a workshop for African literary and media criticism and it seeks to engage in this continuing quest to counter “deprivation, dispossession and exploitation” and to prioritize engagement with history, politics, critical theory, postcolonial theory, feminist theories and theories of literature in order to center African discourse in the long struggle of African people to reclaim and recover the continent.


Thr first mode of interaction is an academic workshop, with precirculated papers, which can be found here: (Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent and Beyond (https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/10/09/remembering-africa-...)


The second mode of interaction will be a creative writing workshop. This workshop is predicated on the fact that the default creative writing pedagogical approach is rooted in a Eurocentric model presumed to be universal. Our creative writing workshops will follow many of the prototypical workshop conventions and simultaneously introduce a level of epistemic diversity, commonly unseen in community, graduate and advanced workshops around the country. Our workshop will privilege the commonalities shared by writers from the Global South (i.e. Chinua Achebe, Yvonne Vera) and minority writers that live(d) in former metropoles and past or present diasporic communities (i.e. Alice Walker, James Baldwin). Writers from all backgrounds (minority and non-minority writers alike) are encouraged to apply. Our goal is to serve as innovative, creative and critical workshop leaders while taking the aesthetics and/or methods of “peripheral,” minority and/or African writers as central. The participants in the creative writing workshop sessions will pre-circulate stories they’ve written and discuss them in terms of these writers and their unique aesthetics. The workshops will be run by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Shadows, 2013; House of Stone, 2018) and Wanjiku wa Ngugi (The Fall of Saints, 2014).  


We invite short stories from writers who would like to experience epistemic diversity within the creative writing workshop.

Submit a writing sample of creative fiction or nonfiction (10 pages or less), a one-page personal statement and a brief bio (up to 150 words) by the deadline of December 1, 2018 to https://goo.gl/forms/XVlNtL4T8AYlY2O13

We welcome differently abled persons. Please indicate specific accessibility needs and preferred accommodations.

For more questions about the creative writing workshop, please contact the workshop convener, Novuyo Tshuma (nrtshuma@uh.edu).