Out Of Africa: Nigerian Publisher Cassava Republic Press Invites Aspiring Women Editors To Apply For Its African Women’s Editorial Workshop

Leading African publisher Cassava Republic Press is hosting a residential editorial workshop this September for African women living on the continent who are interested in editing non-fiction.

This workshop is part of Cassava Republic’s mission to increase Black women’s participation in the nonfiction space.

Participants will get to work closely with the critically acclaimed editor Ellah Wakatama and edit an essay to be published in an Anthology.

The residential workshop will take place in September over 10 days. Aspiring editors will have the opportunity to learn all the skills and techniques to be great nonfiction editors; they will share and improve their editing skills, culminating in a final essay that they will edit to be published in an anthology by Cassava Republic Press. Travel, accommodation and food will all be provided for, and participants need only bring themselves and a willingness to learn!

The editors will work on the essays for the anthology developed by writers from the African Women’s Non-Fiction Writing Workshop. The published anthology will be on the theme of “Taboo”, with a collection of essays exploring this topic from different angles. This could be a historical or theoretical exploration of the origins of different taboos, a more journalistic piece on the effects of breaking an existing taboo or if the theme hits closer to home, perhaps a personal essay on navigating a taboo and the felt experience.

Applications should be made via Cassava Republic’s Submittable link. Requirements include a CV and cover letter. The cover letter should include your editorial philosophy – what do you believe the role of an editor is and how do you approach a piece of writing as an editor?

Cassava Republic Press was founded at Abuja, Nigeria in 2006, and has established itself as one of the most successful publishers in Africa. It has published some of the continent’s finest authors, including Chigozie Obioma (whose novel The Fishermen was short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize), Elnathan John (whose debut novel Born On A Tuesday won a Betty Trask Award in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Republic Of Consciousness Prize), and Ayesha Harruna Attah.

Applications for the African Women’s Editorial Workshop close at 23:59GMT on Wednesday 10 July, 2024. To read more about it, click here.


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