Fes­ti­val calls on pupils to en­ter work

The Witness - Wheels - - BOOKS & ENTERTAINMENT - — Arts Edi­tor • arts@ wit­ness. co. za

THE 18th Time of the Writer in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val of writ­ers, hosted by the Cen­tre for Cre­ative Arts at the Uni­ver­sity of KwaZulu- Natal Howard Col­lege cam­pus, is invit­ing high- school pupils to sub­mit sto­ries for the an­nual Schools Short Story Com­pe­ti­tion sec­tion of the fes­ti­val.

The closing date for en­tries is Fe­bru­ary 27.

Held in con­junc­tion with the Time of the Writer fes­ti­val, the Schools Short Story Com­pe­ti­tion is open to all South African high- school pupils and aims to en­cour­age cre­ative ex­pres­sion in young peo­ple while func­tion­ing as a spring­board for the fu­ture writ­ers of SA.

Win­ners will be awarded cash prizes, book vouch­ers and com­ple­men­tary tick­ets to the fes­ti­val.

The Time of the Writer takes place from March 16 to March 21.

As one of the coun­try’s long­est- run­ning lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­vals, it brings to­gether some of the best au­thors, pub­lish­ers and ed­i­tors from around the world, while fo­cus­ing on pro­vid­ing a plat­form for KZN tal­ent. In ad­di­tion to the nightly show­cases at the El­iz­a­beth Sned­don Theatre, the fes­ti­val also or­gan­ises a broad range of free daily ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing an ed­u­ca­tional and en­ter­tain­ing pro­gramme of work­shops, read­ing ses­sions and panel dis­cus­sions.

This in­cludes the Ed­u­ca­tor’s Fo­rum with teach­ers, on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of lit­er­a­ture in the class­room; the Com­mu­nity Writ­ing Fo­rum with mem­bers of the public in­ter­ested in lit­er­a­ture as well as vis­its to schools by the fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pants. This year’s event will also in­clude a Sto­ry­telling Fo­cus in part­ner­ship with Gci­na­masiko Arts and Her­itage Trust.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val or the com­pe­ti­tion, con­tact the Cen­tre for Cre­ative Arts at 031 260 2506/ 1816 or e- mail schools@ cca- ukzn. co. za


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