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Friday, April 27, 2007

Writing Workshop

Two-Day Writing School

A crash course for novelists of all genres - romance, mystery, family
or relationship dramas…all types of fiction are welcome!

In just one weekend, you’ll learn how to write your book and sell it.
Subjects you’ll cover include: Characterization, Plot, Dialogue,
Pacing, Setting and the business of book publishing.

Instructor: Anita Diggs -
City: New York
Dates: Each weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in June, August and September
Cost: $300

Bonus: You’ll receive four novels and a writer’s workbook FREE!

To Register: Send your name, address, phone number, your preferred
weekend and a three page writing sample to:

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Three Sistahs Press

Here's an article I wrote for the City Paper about Three Sistahs, an independent press based in Baltimore. Check them out online at

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Writing Workshop

Six-week writing workshop with Susan Willerman
Tuesdays, May 15-June 19 from 7:00-9:00pm

Designed for both the beginning and experienced writer, this six-week
workshop uses life experience as the source. Instructor Susan Willerman
will utilize storytelling, sense memory and creative writing techniques
help participants navigate through personal stories to create polished
written work that can be used for anything from developing a personal
memoir to performance.

Fee: $150
To register, call BAX at 718-832-0018.

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, arts and artists in progress, is a
multi-faceted community arts center located at 421 Fifth Avenue (at 8th
Street) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. By subway, take the F train to Fourth
Avenue or R to Ninth St. For information please call (718) 832-0018 or

Monday, April 09, 2007

2nd SABLE International LitFest

The 2nd SABLE International LitFest - in The Gambia!

The 2nd SABLE International LitFest takes place from 13-15 July 2007 at Cape Point in The Gambia, West Africa.

As SABLE LitMag features writers of colour from across the globe, we decided that SABLE LitFest should travel throughout the world, too!

Writers taking part in the 2nd SABLE LitFest include a stream of internationally, renowned writers, who have also been featured in SABLE, such as the esteemed award winning Nigerian novelist, Buchi Emecheta, and the equally renowned, award winning poet, Malawian Jack Mapanje.

Other writers and performance artists, include Dorothea Smartt,, Courttia Newland, Nathalie Handal, and Binyavanga Wainana and a number of Gambian authors. SABLE LitFest will also host a launch of Reading the Ceiling, the debut novel by the Gambian female author, Dayo Forster, published by Simon and Schuster in May 2007. Other events include, creative writing workshops, discussion and talks on Gambian literature, Getting Published, Black British Literature and a panel of international women writers from Australia, USA and the Caribbean, across various genres of writing. There will be a series of storytelling events for children and adults, a storytelling trip to Lamin Lodge, and a visit to St James Fort, a slave port. And a beach party! Combine these for an amazing celebratory weekend of literary, and cultural activities!

The 2nd SABLE International LitFest in The Gambia, has full support from the Gambia Tourist Authority who said that,

"Gambia Tourist Authority, seeks to develop tourism such that the destination becomes attractive to various segments, including your target audience, the artist. This will also give a boost to literary development in the country. The Gambia is very rich in terms of human resources and we welcome people with a literary mind to sample the hospitality of Gambians and experience the unique culture. This hospitality is manifested in various ways to the delight of all visitors. We have no doubt you will all have cause for a second visit." Lamin Saho, Director of Marketing, Gambia Tourist Authority.

Background to SABLE LitMag, SABLE LitFest and SABLE Writer's HotSpot

SABLE LitMag is a 132 page black and white international publication, for writers of colour, produced by S.A.K.S. Media. S.A.K.S. Media also offers training through e-internships on SABLE, professional development for writers through its courses and workshops, and a Reading Series, that brings SABLE LitMag 'live and off the page' with regular performances and readings around the globe.

SABLE LitMag was founded by Kadija George in the late 1990's. The first issue was published in 2001 as a literary publication for new voices - a quality publication that says writers of colour would not be confined to the margins.

To date, SABLE has profiled major internationally renowned writers on its covers, including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Buchi Emecheta, Niyi Osundare, Marita Golden, Chinua Achebe, Sonia Sanchez, Kamau Brathwaite and Walter Mosley. Forthcoming issues will feature, Dennis Brutus, Nawal el-Saadawi and Caryl Phillips.

Kadija George also started the popular Writers Hotspot trips in 1996. The first of these was at Tendeba Camp, in The Gambia, where we have visited on numerous occasions. Workshop participants will then return in time for the festival.The Writer's HotSpot's have also included trips for writers to New York and Cuba.
The Writer's Hotspot resume on Friday 6 July at Tendeba Camp, in The Gambia.

"Literature is the most beautiful of countries."
Jose Marti Poet and Essayist, 1853-1895

For more information on SABLE contact Kadija George on or 07980 269 138

Details of how to enter our competition to win a place to attend SABLE Litfest can be found on

Details of how to book for SABLE Litfest can be found on

For bookings contact: Funmi Akisanya
M: + 44 (0)7951 261 087

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