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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Deadline: February 19, 2016

Twist Projects, in association with the National Arts Festival, hosts an annual writer’s residency in Grahamstown during the NAF. The Novel-Script Project brings together selected writers from South Africa, the Netherlands, Zambia and Zimbabwe in a dynamic professional writer’s development programme.

This year’s programme is centred on the novel We Need New Names by Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo. The seven-day programme is a master-class for writers, mentored by the award winning poet and playwright, Kobus Moolman. Participants are provided with travel, accommodation, a per deum, and an invaluable experience.

The organisation is looking for three South African script writers to participate in the project from June 27 to July 4, 2016.

This is a professional development programme, and the application process is highly competitive. Writers must be mid-career, and meet the following criteria:

•Fluency in writing and conversing in English;
•Experience with having staged at least 2 of their own original scripts on the professional stage;
•Computer literacy, and own lap-top for the duration of the project;
•Openness to constructive criticism and workshop processes;
•Full availability over the period June 27 to July 4;
•The project does involve some preparation, and participants must be willing to complete an assignment in May.

Applicants should email an application to by February 19. Applications MUST include the following:

1.    A short one-page (only) Curriculum Vitae containing the following: Personal Information; Relevant Education and Training; Theatre Writing Experience

2.    A short, half-page motivation for acceptance to the workshop, with names and contact details of two theatre-related referees

3.    A short 3 - 5 page sample of an original theatre script (please do not send the full script).
Please do NOT add any other attachments.

Applicants will be contacted by the end of March regarding the outcome of the selection process.

The Novel-Script Project is co-ordinated by Twist Theatre Development Projects in association with the National Arts Festival. Twist Projects is funded by the National Lotteries Commission.