In May and June, South African-born writer, Jon Elkon (now based in the UK), hosted two writing workshops (on zoom) with the aspiring young writers at Afrika Tikkun. The workshops provided some tips and guidance on how to tackle the creative writing process and both sessions saw wonderful engagement from the youngsters.
Following the workshops, the young people were encouraged to submit their entries to Jon’s Megagsaga Competition – a challenging feat to create an entire story in just 100 words!. We are thrilled to announce that one of Afrika Tikkun’s students, Wanayi Jenje (pictured above), came out top in the junior category and won the £25 prize for her stories, Little world big child, Vengeance’s bitter confection and Peculiarly strange world.
I am Wanayi Jenje, I reside in Johannesburg, South Africa, and am currently schooling at The National School of Arts. I am a bibliophile with an undying passion for literature and art. I enjoy baking and playing violin. I especially have a knack for analyzing people’s thoughts and behavior, mostly fictional characters (I really wouldn’t want people to think of me as creepy). In my free time, I avoid human contact, read and analyze books and write as much as I can. I have no vivid memory of when I began writing, but I know it was all sparked by my 7th-grade play script and English teacher. I aspire to become as influential and expressive as I possibly can through my writing and hope to evoke reactions and thoughts from a large audience
You can read Wanayi’s and the other shortlisted stories here.
Thank you to Jon for sharing your passion for writing with our youngsters and a huge congratulations to Wanayi and all the young people who entered the competition. Afrika Tikkun has certainly got some talent!
Source: Afrikka Tikkun