Writers' meeting tomorrow

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Writers Association (ZWA) will tomorrow hold their bi-monthly meeting at the British Council tackling the current constitution-making process.

It will be held under the theme, “Unpacking the Copac draft constitution for writers and artistes”.
Guest speakers will be writer and lawyer Petina Gappah and the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Law Professor; Lovemore Madhuku.

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University, and the (UZ).
Her short fiction stories and essays have been published in eight countries.

She lives in Geneva, where she works as counsel in an international organisation that provides legal aid on international trade law to developing countries.

Her story collection, An Elegy for Easterly was published by Faber in April 2009.

She is currently completing The Book of Memory, her first novel.

Both books will be published in Finland, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

The writing industry is growing with another sector, the Zimbabwe Women Writers (ZWW) launching a DVD with stories told by women members as part of their training on Digital Story Telling (DST).

ZWW has in the past two years trained women and school children in digital story-telling to move with the modern times of technology.

It is also aimed to keep the writers informed and bring them into the digital age and e-publishing.
More than 300 women in various parts of Zimbabwe have had their voices recorded in print since the project was started.

Tainie Mudondo, ZWW National coordinator said they have decided to embrace technology.

“ZWW has realised that it has to go with the times, the reason for getting into DST is a way towards e-publishing.

“The focus is to train school children and women on DST so that they use this forum for their school magazines and to tell their stories respectively.

“Those students that have undergone these DST workshops have shown appreciation to ZWW and Keresia Chateuka, their head facilitator as DST solved some of their current challenges and anxieties in producing school magazines and for personal empowerment,” she said. - ENTERTAINMENT WRITER

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