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Pacific Writing Workshop

Posted on 04/11/2014
By Commonwealth Foundation

South Pacific Islands (with text)
Commonwealth Writers, in association with the University of the South Pacific, will run a week-long residential writing workshop between 23 and 28 February 2015 in Suva, Fiji.
The workshop is for writers wishing to tell stories through prose fiction and creative non-fiction. It will focus on short form writing.
This workshop is open to writers over 18 living in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu (who are citizens of those or other Commonwealth nations). The workshop will be free to attend and support offered to writers travelling to Fiji for the workshop.
Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of writing portfolios they submit (see guidelines below). The workshop will be designed in response to the writing submitted and up to 12 writers will be selected to participate. There will be opportunities for you to concentrate on fiction or non-fiction depending on your own interests.
The workshop will include activities to generate new writing as well as detailed feedback on your writing (both from the workshop leaders and the group). We hope that the workshop will help you to develop the writing you are doing at present, as well as introduce principles and skills you may apply to future writing.

To apply

Email s.galappatti@commonwealth.int with the subject line PACIFIC PROSE WORKSHOP.
Please include in the email your name,age, nationality, country of residence, contact details (postal address, telephone, email) and any special requirements you have.  Also let us know if you are principally interested in writing fiction or non-fiction? (Answer fiction/ non-fiction/ haven’t decided/ both). If you are selected for the workshop we will at that stage require proof of identity and address.
Please also send us the writing samples requested below, attached as one or many Word documents:
Tell us about yourself (up to 500 words). What experiences of living and working do you bring to your writing?
Submit a finished piece of creative writing (up to 3000 words). If the piece you are submitting is an excerpt of a longer piece, please include a paragraph explaining the longer work from which it is taken.
Submit an idea for a future piece (up to 300 words) and whether you feel you would like to write this new piece as fiction or non-fiction (up to 200 words).
Optional: if you are currently working on a story (fiction or non-fiction) that you would like to develop further at the workshop, then please also submit this work in progress (up to 3000 words).
Please ensure that your name is given on all documents and it is noted which of your submissions is the work in progress. Please know that if you are selected your writing submissions will be shared with the rest of the group for constructive feedback and workshop activities.
If you do not have access to email it would be best if you make your submissions through someone else’s email address/connection. Because this workshop involves partners in several countries, with tight deadlines for selection and organisation, we regret we are not able to accommodate submissions by post.
If you have any questions please contact Sunila Galappatti at s.galappatti@commonwealth.int. We would be glad to hear from you even if it is to express an initial interest and follow up with your submissions later.


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