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Exciting Opportunity for Beginner Writers in Malawi

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The Writer 2016 competition was honestly one of the best experiences in my writing career so far. It transformed me by challenging what I mistakenly thought was the limit of my writing capabilities. Despite many self-doubts, I did it! I wrote 4 stories, given only a week to complete each one, and built up the discipline needed to finish any of my writing projects faster. 

Since the competition, many of you were bold enough to touch base and ask me for help in your own writing. This woke me up to the fact that despite popular belief, many of us are writing fiction, right here in Malawi, but without proper guidance, discipline, and publishing opportunities, many of our stories stay parked on our desktops, or worse, get stuck in our heads.

Thus, the Creative Writing Workshop was born. 

If you are a struggling writer, I am ready to meet with you to teach what I have learnt about finishing and polishing a short story. We will cover the subject over 2 days, providing opportunities to:
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Ebook Release: Montague's Last, A Short Story

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Readers of Strange Horizons and Omenana.com have in the past year enjoyed my short story "Montague's Last" about a dying slave seeking redemption, both as an e-magazine and in audio form. And now I am proud to bring you Montague's Last, my first ebook, available on Amazon.com! 
The ebook cover has been decked out by amazing Malawian artist Simon Banda II, who describes himself as an afrofuturist. Simon has done justice to the Montague I imagined when the story first flowed onto my keyboard. 
To get "Montague's Last" in your digital collection and show your support, head to the book's page on Amazon.com Tell your friends too! 



Check out my Bibliography page as well for more of my fiction :-)

"The Elephant in the Room" With a New Illustration

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The Elephant in the Room is the first short story I've ever written, and in this reintroduction, I have an exciting new illustration! Dominic Kampezeni is the artist behind it, he specialises in cartoons and comic strips.
If you haven't yet done so, read about the misadventure of Sylvester Gondwe, a Malawian college student in Cape Town who finds an unconventional vacation job in a newly discovered parallel universe... 
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Disclaimer: reference to any real persons in this story is purely fictional
It was going to be big. Actually, it was going to be Big’s fat older cousin, Colossal. The Prince’s Ball was rumoured to be one unlike any there had ever been – or ever will be, as economists predicted the whole Kingdom would dip into a four…

"The Elephant in the Room" With a New Illustration

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The Elephant in the Room is the first short story I've ever written, and in this reintroduction, I have an exciting new illustration! Dominic Kampezeni is the artist behind it, he specialises in cartoons and comic strips.
If you haven't yet done so, read about the misadventure of Sylvester Gondwe, a Malawian college student in Cape Town who finds an unconventional vacation job in a newly discovered parallel universe... 
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

The Elephant in the Room By Ekari Mbvundula


Disclaimer: reference to any real persons in this story is purely fictional
It was going to be big. Actually, it was going to be Big’s fat older cousin, Colossal. The Prince’s Ball was rumoured to be one unlike any there had ever been – or ever will be, as economists predict…

About Me! A Video Interview

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Check out my interview at Classic Desserts in Harare Zimbabwe, I talk about The Writer 2016, my favourite books, favourite celebrity, and future writing projects... 



To read my stories, visit my Bibliography page for a list of everything I've published.

Meeting Kansiime Anne!

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When a writer meets a comedian...

Kansiime Anne came to Malawi again! Anyone who doesn't yet know this Ugandan comedy force of nature needs to catch up and fast. She is best known for her online skits, portraying the crazy sides of Ugandan life, but which all Africans and beyond can laugh at. Tickets were quickly sold out for the occasion. 




The Writer 2016 Week 4: Creative Non-Fiction

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I got through to the final Week of the competition! I could barely believe it and was totally over the moon about the support I received!

So in Week 3 I had wondered what on Earth could be left remaining after Speculative Fiction seemed to sweep up all the possible genres in one go (sci-fi, fantasy, horror... eek, nothing left!). It turns out I had a reason to be afraid. Week 4's theme turned out to be Creative Non-Fiction, a genre I have no experience in.

The Writer 2016 Week 3: Speculative Fiction

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Speculative Fiction is a little bit of an insider term - it really just means anything that is not possible in the realm of reality. Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, wherever the writer's mind can go to morph reality. I liked that we were given a choice, although it made me worry about Week 4, should I make it through. What genre on Earth will there be left to write if they are all compounded into Week 3? But I had to worry about the present first.

The Writer 2016 Week 3: Speculative Fiction

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Speculative Fiction is a little bit of an insider term - it really just means anything that is not possible in the realm of reality. Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, wherever the writer's mind can go to morph reality. I liked that we were given a choice, although it made me worry about Week 4, should I make it through. What genre on Earth will there be left to write if they are all compounded into Week 3? But I had to worry about the present first.

The Writer 2016 Week 2: Political Drama

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Creative burnout is a real thing. I realised this is the first time I have had to create a new story so soon after finishing one. Usually I have time to rest mentally, bask, absorb other stories through reading or TV... But this time I had to keep going when the creative well was all but dried up. I had a bit of a panic session as the deadline drew closer, but got it done in the end!