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Write Your World course is open for applications

By joe melia, Wednesday Jan 16, 2019

A free 8-week Literature and Creative Writing Course at St Paul’s Learning Centre run by Bristol University’s English Department starts on February 6. The course follows on from last year’s successful collaboration between the University and the Somali Resource Centre in Barton Hill as the University seeks to increase its involvement in Bristol communities

The sessions will be led by Billy Kahora, a Kenyan writer and academic, who is a lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Bristol. He is the author of the non-fiction novella titled The True Story Of David Munyakei and has twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. He is also Managing Editor of Kenya’s leading literary publisher, Kwani Trust, and is a judge for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize. His short story collection,  The Cape Cod Bicycle War and Other Stories, will be out later this year.

Students taking the course will learn how to write a short story based on their experiences and their imaginations. They will learn the techniques of the short story and how to apply them to what they observe in their daily lives.

The course will look at short fiction from Bristol in addition to examples from the Caribbean and the African continent to help participants apply these techniques.These will include the basic elements of short fiction: plot, point of view, setting and description, and characterisation.

Those participants who successfully complete the course will be presented with a letter of recognition from the University of Bristol. Also, support will be available to apply for the University’s new Creative Writing MA.

For more information and to register for the course, contact Valentine Jackson at Bristol University on (0117) 928 8924 or by e-mail at

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