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AGENDA ONLINE WRITING (article first published : 2005-11-14)

With the joint success of the Agenda Writing Programme and the Agenda Website at www.agenda.org.za, the Agenda Feminist Media Project has decided to start the first annual Online Writing Programme.

“At Agenda we believe that developing women's ability to write is essential to enabling women to express their needs, wants and demands effectively and to influence the development of society,” says Agenda’s Christine Davis. ”The creation and dissemination of information about gender is essential for both men and women to challenge the gender status quo. The Writing Programme has two primary objectives: to develop the writing skills of women from Africa and to contribute to the development of gender-informed writers producing gender-informed media.”

The Online Writing Programme begins in late November and runs through to May 2006. Twelve writers will be selected from various African countries to write about a gendered topic in a language they choose. All pieces will be published onto the Agenda website and regular meetings will take place through the Agenda website's community section. In this way, Agenda hopes to increase the publication of African languages online.

All applicants must be fluent in written English as they will be communicating with the Agenda Writing Programme Coordinator on a regular basis.

Applicants must have regular access to a computer, email and the internet as the programme will take place online. Writers must choose a mentor who will be able to meet with the writer on a regular basis to develop the piece. This mentor will also be required to edit and proofread the article before publication. The mentor’s name and contact details must be included in the application.

Applicants must write a letter of motivation, in English, explaining the topic of their article; the style in which they want to write, ie: academic, creative, journalistic, prose, etc. as well as the language they wish to write in. Also included should be the applicant’s geographical location and the reason they feel they should be chosen for the programme.

All applications must be emailed to Christine Davis at editorial@agenda.org.za The deadline for applications is November 25.

Further information from Christine Davis, Writing Programme Co-ordinator Agenda Feminist Media Project on 031 304 7001, fax 031 304 7018, e-mail: editorial@agenda.org.za or visit www.agenda.org.za




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