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Masterclass Writers Workshop To Be Held in Durban PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2016 15:06

The Minara Aziz Hassim Literary Award (MAHLA) together with Minara Chamber of Commerce and the Global Forum 4 Literacy will be holding a Masterclass Writers Workshop in Durban. It is big, it is the best featuring Writers, Academics, Business leaders, and award winning writers in the writing and publishing industry. Be there, and enjoy this free Masterclass before submission for the awards.



Calling all writers or aspirant writers to our inaugural workshop. Special shout out to all established writers who would want to do a presentation for the workshop and publishers who would want to mentor and coach our aspirant writers. It's all happening in Durban the City of literature.



Date: 22/23 October 2016

Location: 45 Cutting, Sherwood , Minara Chamber of Commerce Offices

Time: 8h30 to 3h30 pm on Saturday & 08h30 to 2h00pm on Sunday


All interested participants and attendees, can contact Fiona M. Khan: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Alternatively, one can add one’s email addresses to the posting on the Minara Aziz Hassim Literary Award's Facebook page.



David Schmahmann PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:45

David Schmahmann grew up and went to high school in Durban. His mother was one of the founders of the Progressive Party and ran for Parliament as its candidate in Berea. He served in the Fifth South African Infantry in Ladysmith, and then left the country. Schmahmann graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976,and Cornell Law School in 1979, and ended his law career as a senior partner in the Boston law firm founded by Justice Louis Brandeis.

To date he has published four novels: Empire Settings: A Novel of South Africa (2001), Nibble & Kuhn (2009), Ivory from Paradise (2011) and The Double Life of Alfred Buber (2011). Schmahmann has also contributed legal publications on issues such as animal rights, Burmese corporate law, and American constitutional legal issues.

Despite no longer living permanently in the country, KwaZulu-Natal remains close to his heart. In terms of the influence the province has had on his life, he told the project:


KZN didn't simply influence my writing; two of my four novels are set mostly in Durban, and while the stories are largely allegorical, at base they're about this extraordinary time, and lingering thoughts of the evocative place. My second novel, Ivory from Paradise, is in fact about history, and largely the history of KZN: to whom does the history belong, who has a right to recount it, and to lay claim to it, and can whites ever hope to have any real connection to indigenous history or are they simply visitors and their experience entirely ersatz?


Schmahmann has two daughters, Olivia and Annabel, and currently lives in Weston, Massachusetts. He is currently working on his next novel, The Color of Skin, which is loosely based on John Dunn’s life. The novel is written from the perspective of a descendant of Dunn’s, who lives in America, and is trying to come to terms with his origins.



Enter the African Pen Short Story Competition PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:57

You are invited to enter your Short Story into the African Pen Short Story Competition!


Writers must satisfy one of these criteria:

1. Born in Africa

2. Living in Africa

3. Working in Africa

4. Of African descent and living outside Africa


Writing format guidelines:

  • Arial Font, 12 pitch
  • Line spacing 1.5
  • 10 - 12 pages
  • MS Word


Please include the following:

1. Passport-size photo of the author/writer

2. 150-word profile of the author/ writer



  • First prize: R5000
  • Second prize: R3000
  • Third prize: R2000


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