05 August 2010

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Presents Lady Porcupine Arts Journalism Workshop

Post date: 05 August 2010
When: 23-27 August 2010
Where: South Africa


In celebration of Women’s Month and the legacy of women journalists in South Africa’s popular media, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will again be offering a five-day practical workshop for women arts writers as part of the event’s educational programme.

The Lady Porcupine arts journalism workshop, which takes place from August 23 to 27 in Newtown, will be run by Gwen Ansell, music/jazz writer and journalism trainer. Guests include poet and creative writing facilitator Myesha Jenkins and Ceri Moelwyn-Hughes, historian of women in jazz, plus others still to be confirmed.

The workshop title honours Johanna Pahlane, who wrote for Bantu World under the pen-name ‘Lady Porcupine’ in the 1930s while also directing the Merry Makers vaudeville troupe.

Jazz is the content focus, but the skills are transferable; candidates may use what they learn to write about any arts genre. The curriculum is based on Mappp-Seta Unit Standard (117541) Specialist Journalism of the SAQA-accredited L5 National Certificate in Journalism. Learners, cadets or interns at a media house will be able to add arts stories to their assessment portfolios.

The course is aimed at women over the age of 20 and based in Johannesburg who are journalists or media students, cadets or interns; musicians or music students or working or hoping to work in the publicity, NGO or heritage sectors and dealing with arts, culture or music.

The week-long course is offered at a fee of R1200 which covers all teaching and materials. Scholarships are also available. For more details email sisgwen@iafrica.com. Put the words ‘Women writers’ workshop’ in the subject line. Entries close on August 10.

Lady Porcupine is part of wider educational programme linked to the Joy of Jazz. Also included in the programme are development workshops with the international artists appearing on the line-up who teach youngsters and musicians the intricacies of the craft.

More information here.
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