09 January, 2012

Second South African Writers' Symposium - Call for Papers

Striving for Excellence in South African Literature" - 8-10 March 2012


The Centre for the Book is hosting the second South African Writers' Symposium from 8 – 10 March 2012 in Cape Town.

Members of the public, publishers,

librarians, booksellers, printers, authors, academics, and all other relevant stakeholders are hereby invited to submit their proposals for presentation at the symposium. The proposal should include the title of the paper, outline of the proposed presentation (no more than 350 words), name(s) of presenter(s) and position or title of presenter(s).

  • Advance writing and publishing interests of South African writers
  • Provide South African writers with a platform to network
  • Encourage writers to write for children as well as people with special needs
  • Discuss intensively how to develop reading interest in local languages
  • Provide better understanding to writers on book development stages
  • Equip writers with marketing and distribution strategies
    Below is a list of topics that will be addressed at the symposium.  The list provides a guideline and is not cast in stone.
    • Writing and Publishing in Indigenous Languages
    • Building a nation of readers
    • Publishing in South Africa: self, mainstream and electronic
    • Resources for people with special needs
    • Intellectual Property and Public Interest
    • Support for Writers and Publishers
    • Developing Children's Literature
    • From a Manuscript to a Book
    • Marketing and Book Distribution
    Papers presented will be considered for publication. The closing date for submission of the proposals is 31 January 2012 submissions should be forwarded to Ms Nelisa Lunika at email nelisa.lunika@nlsa.ac.za or Bukelwa Baba at bukelwa.baba@nlsa.ac.za
    For urgent queries please contact Ms Nelisa Lunika during office hours at 021-4232669

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