Fierce Womxn Writing - Inspiring You to Write More

Nana Nkweti - Author of Walking on Cowrie Shells, a collection of stories in varying genres, which depict a variety of rich characters

June 03, 2021 Sara Gallagher - she/her Season 1 Episode 79
Fierce Womxn Writing - Inspiring You to Write More
Nana Nkweti - Author of Walking on Cowrie Shells, a collection of stories in varying genres, which depict a variety of rich characters
Show Notes

Nana Nkweti is the author of Walking on Cowrie Shells, a book that spans genres – literary realism, horror, mystery, YA, science fiction – and features complex, fully-embodied characters. The stories aim to entertain readers while also offering a counterpoint to prevalent “heart of darkness” writing that too often depicts a singular “African” experience plagued by locusts, hunger, and tribal in-fighting.

“Boisterous and high-spirited debut stories by a talented new writer.” - Kirkus Reviews

In this episode, we discuss her writing process, and:

  • Keeping runnings lists on your phone
  • Staying engaged with the world as a writer
  • And more

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This week’s writing prompt: Close your eyes. Imagine your body. Do a complete and full inventory and think of all the things that make you you. Hone in on scars, physical and emotional. Write from the perspective from that scar, or about how you received that scar. Let that scar tell you about yourself and your life.

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