The Rari workshop is an intensive craft-enhancing experience aimed at stimulating the creativity and productivity of participating poets. Over the course of four weeks, poets will complete weekly writing assignments and receive constructive and dynamic feedback from other participants in a unique peer-learning model. You will work side by side with other poets to sharpen your eye for good writing. We will provide tips and tricks on how to make your poems stronger and more effective and these will help you turn your drafts into stunning poems .

Participating poets will also engage with existing African poetry as they read and discuss works works by both established and emerging writers. Each writer will leave with a portfolio of finished works and the Rari team will offer individualized tips on publication and journal submissions.

We will be hosting writing workshops once a year starting January 2020.

How Can I Join The Workshop ?

We will put out a call for submissions for the January 2020 session in September 2019 (subscribe to this blog and you’ll be the first to know). You will be required to submit three to five poems for consideration. We will review each submission and if you are selected, you will receive an acceptance email by second week of December 2019.

How Many People Will Be In Each Workshop?

There will be a maximum of 8 people per workshop. We want to make sure that we can pay enough attention to each individual and their work.

Is the workshop online or in person?

The workshop will be online.

Is There A Fee To Join the Workshop? 

No. Rari workshops are free.

When is the January 2020 session? 

Jan 12 to Feb 22

What are the submission requirements? 

To be considered for this workshop you must:

  • Be of African descent
  •  Submit 3 poems. Each poem should not exceed one page.
  • Write a 250-word essay on either of the following:

– Your approach to poetry
– Your favourite poem

  • Submit profile via the google form below by October 31, 2019, at 00.00 am CST.

Okay, I think I’m ready to join the workshop. Where do I start ? 

Start here. 🙂

Got Questions? Ask here. We would love to hear from you.