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Budding Writers Society of Namibia launch a success!

    Budding Writers Society of Namibia officially launched

The Budding Writers Society was successfully launched in Windhoek, Namibia on the 31st October 2008. The launch took place at the Garden Lounge of the National Theatre of Namibia.

Representatives from some of the local schools, various organizations, members of the public, published authors and poets as well as the media were present. In addition, representatives of the main sponsors of the event, Nedbank Namibia and Macmillan Publishers were also at the event.

The launch was officially opened by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Vickson Hangula. Two poems were read by aspiring authors that are also members of the executive committee of the society (Jemima Beukes and Viviane Kandundu).

The keynote speech was presented by Ms. Neshani Andreas, author of The purple violet of Oshaantu. The evening was closed with a vote of thanks and a toast to the new society.

The launch was well attended and opened many doors for the society. An offer was made to design and maintain a website, free of charge, for the Budding Writers Society and it should be up and running in January 2009. Macmillan publishers offered to publish an anthology of poetry by local poets from the society. The challenge for the society is to select the poems for publishing by the end of 2009.

Currently the society is compiling a database of contacts including members, editors, publishers and proof readers. The calendar of events for 2009 has been compiled and will be posted on bwnamibia soon. It includes many exciting activities such as peer reviews, creative writing workshops and much more! To the executive of the society, good luck and well done on an enjoyable and successful evening!

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Women of Courage writing workshop very succesful

Womens’ Leadership Centre – Courage writing workshop
24 – 25 October 2008

The Womens’ Leadership Centre (WLC) hosted a two day workshop for women interested in writing stories for their upcoming anthology with the theme: Courage and risk taking in our lives.

Below participants from the workshop during discussions:

The workshop was hosted by the Director of the WLC, Elizabeth lKhaxas, who is a feminist and also conducts writing workshops. After introductions participants were given a brief introduction to other material published by the WLC. Thus far the WLC has published two anthologies of writing by Namibian women, in 2005 and 2008 respectively. In addition, women infected and affected with HIV have been trained in Photography and a book of photographs was published depicting pictures from their everyday lives.

Below a picture of Elizabeth holding one of the anthologies:

In 2008, six workshops were conducted in other regions around Namibia. This workshop was the seventh. The aim of the workshops is to get the silent stories in the lives of Namibian women out. We were asked to think deeply about our own lives and to share our experiences during the workshop.

We started with a definition of courage as well as listing emotions or feelings associated with courage. A few of the emotions or feelings suggested: fear, strength, hope, doubt, overcoming, power, persistence, determination, loss, respect and healing.

Thereafter we were asked to share some acts of courage in our lives to personalize the emotions and feelings with which we could relate.

On the second day women were given an opportunity share two or three of the stories that were written and get some feedback from the rest of the group about content and structure of our stories which was exciting and very helpful.

Below, two of the participants sharing what they had written with the rest of the women:

The workshop was well received by participants and in fact we are hoping we can meet together again as women, just to share and learn from each other. We are so grateful to Emily, Sonja, Marna and Elizabeth for organising this workshop for us.

A final group photo before concluding the workshop:

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Womens Leadership Centre writing workshop

Dear all,

Just a short note to inform you that the Womens Leadership Centre (WLC)will be hosting a writing worskhop in Windhoek. The title of the workshop is: Are you a woman of Courage?

The aim of the workshop is to train women in writing skills and to encourage them to write on how they have acted courageously in their lives.

The details are as follows:

Date: 24 – 25 October 2008

Venue: Tabitha Centre

Presenter: Elizabeth Khaxas (Director of WLC)

Please call Sonja on 061 – 22 11 06 to book a place at this workshop.

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Official launch of Budding Writers Society of Namibia

Dear all,

Just a quick note to let you know that the date for the official launch of the Budding Writers Society is set.

Date: Tuesday, 30th October 2008

Venue: to be confirmed

Time: 18h00 for 18h30

Dress: smart casual

RSVP: nabukenya on

I know this is not that much information but entrance is free and there will be light snacks served after the main events!

See you there, oh and watch this space for more detailed information!!!

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