Introduction to the project
Femrite held the first Creative Non-fiction workshop from 21st July to 31st July 2014 in Entebbe, Uganda. The workshop was organised under the theme, Writing for Social Justice. This was a project initiated by AWDF who partnered with Uganda Women Writers Association – Femrite to implement the project.The workshop was run with one major aim; to strengthen voices and expand communities of African female writers and creative artists.
Twenty young African women participated in this workshop including, Beatrice Lamwaka-Uganda, Ritah Atwongyeire – Uganda, Amina Doherty – Nigeria, Kechi Nomu – Nigeria, Olutimehin Adegbeye – Nigeria, Comfort Musa – Cameroon, Deborah Frempong – Ghana, Fafa Yvonne Quashigah – Ghana, Ritah Nketiah – Ghana, Eunice Kilonzo – Kenya, Hannah Wanja Maina – Kenya, Njoki Wamai – Kenya, Tiffany Mugo Kagure – Kenya/South Africa, Jennifer Thorpe – South Africa, Florence Khaxas – Namibia, Valerie Bah – DRC, Tendai Garwe – Zimbabwe and Moiyattu Banya – Sierra Leone.
The topics covered in the workshop included; Inspiration and how to access it, The Psychology of writing, the power of writing, writing fact: genres of factual writing (memoirs, true-life stories, biographies, autobiographies, articles), writing craft (fiction and non-fiction), Identity and Imaging, Audial – Visual media platforms, and Going Public.
The methodology used in the sessions throughout the workshop were very participatory especially equipping the participants with a number of skills; facilitation skills, presentation skills, public reading skills, team work, performance skills, and many others.