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Sunday, May 24, 2020


Deadline: 16h00 on May 29, 2020

Twist Projects, in association with the National Arts Festival, will hosting their annual writer’s project this year as an online process, in line with the 2020 virtual NAF.

The Novel-Script Project brings together (online) selected writers from Sub-Saharan African countries in a dynamic professional writer’s development programme. The seven-day programme is a master-class for writers, mentored by the award winning poet and playwright, Kobus Moolman. Participants will be provided with data, mentoring, a great sense of community and an invaluable experience.

We are looking for six Sub-Saharan African script writers to participate in the project from Friday June 19 to Saturday July 4, 2020.  This will involve five full days of online workshop activity from June 19 and further online engagement on dates TBC during the festival.  

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 two of their own original scripts on the professional stage;

-Computer literacy, own lap-top and access to internet for the duration of the project;

-Openness to constructive criticism and workshop processes;

-Full availability over the period Friday June 19 to Sunday July 5, 2020;

-The project does involve some preparation, and participants must be ready and willing to complete an assignment in early June.

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 in English (please do not send the full script).

Please do NOT add any other attachments.

Applicants will be contacted by the end of May 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.

Applicants should email an application to before 16h00 on May 29, 2020.

For more information contact Emma Durden on 082 673 6662 or email: