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Sample new reads from Africa & Asia

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Words for the World | MAI

May/June 2012
C O N T E N T S : 
< South African Writing Journeys 
< A Friend in a Thousand 
< One Big Family Reunion
< Write to Win: the LittWorld writing contest

Hi, Friend! 

In this issue, we are pleased to introduce two fiction writers from Nepal and from South Africa. Sample their works and join us in celebrating their creative gifts and faithful use of their talent. How sweet it is to enjoy the fruits of these writers' labors!

Read more talent from Spain, Kenya, the Philippines and beyond in the latest updates on our new blog, LittWorldOnline.
-Dawn Herzog Jewell, Editor

South African Writing Journeys  
Towering mountains and nighttime star displays inspired 25 African writers from South Africa and Namibia at a March writing and publishing workshop organized by Allen Goddard of A Rocha, a Christian environmental group, and MAI.

The writers gathered at Wortelgat Conference Centre near Hermanus, South Africa, for four days of teaching, fellowship and writing in four tracks: fiction, poetry, autobiography and Bible engagement materials.
“In the quietude, we heard afresh the Lord's call on us to write for humanity,” said MAI’s Africa regional trainer Lawrence Darmani, one of four trainers from various groups.

<<Read the full article

<<Why South African Joan Campbell started writing young adult fantasy

<<Read an excerpt of Poison Tree Path, Joan's young adult fantasy manuscript

Photo above:
Writer Joan Campbell gets feedback from MAI trainer Lawrence Darmani. 
Write to Win: the LittWorld Writing Contest

You can win up to $300 USD by submitting your blog article in the LittWorld 2012 writing contest, "Blogging for Global Impact." In 300 words or less, respond to one of five writing prompts.

>>Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2012. See the complete guidelines.

>>Read recent blog post submissions to the writing contest from Kenya, the Philippines, Spain, Uganda and beyond on LittWorld Online.
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A Friend in a Thousand
What beautiful writing. That was my thought reading Pratibha Manaen’s poignant first novel. A Friend in a Thousand (ISPCK India, 2011) describes an Asian girl’s struggles in a patriarchal culture to go to school and live out her dreams.

Raised in Nepal as the daughter of Indian missionaries, Pratibha has been writing since age 8.  I first met her in the Philippines at our LittWorld 2004 conference.

"I have found my vision to write for women in a country where vision is curtailed by the hardships of her life," she wrote afterwards.

At a subsequent MAI workshop in Nepal and LittWorld 2009 in Kenya, Pratibha made additional contacts with gifted editors and writers, some of whom offered valuable input on her manuscript.  

Pratibha works full-time for INF Nepal, a non-profit that serves leprosy patients and marginalized groups, so her novel writing must be done on the side. MAI awarded Pratibha a modest grant to work on a second novel from our David Alexander International Author Fund.

Meanwhile, Pratibha is already “giving back.”  From her book royalties and donations, she set up Manushi Funds to help rural Nepali girls attend school. (Manushi in Sanskrit means woman.)

Thank you for helping Pratibha in her journey to becoming a published author through your support of MAI.

>>Read an excerpt of A Friend in a Thousand.


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LittWorld 2012 - publishing for global impact

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