The 2015 Storymoja Festival
Storymoja Festival: 16th - 20th September in Nairobi

The Storymoja Festival started out as a small gathering of 300 people in 2007, and has grown to a vibrant gathering of the greatest minds in Kenya and beyond, celebrating ideas and culture. The festival offerings are dynamic and diverse to cater for all age groups.

Books are brought to life through poetry, storytelling, lively discussions with local and international artists, music, workshops, film and much more. In addition, topical issues such as health, careers, politics, technology, human rights, environment entrepreneurship and youth empowerment are presented in very interactive and stimulating sessions.

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00:01 Masterclass Series

The 2015 Storymoja Festival Masterclass Series features sessions on poetry, creative writing, blogging, photography, dance, careers, library management, creative entrepreneurship and theatre.
 
Masterclasses are scheduled in the afternoons of Wednesday 16th September, Thursday 17th September and Friday 18th September. You can only attend one Masterclass per afternoon.
 
Each Masterclass costs 500/-. You can buy your ticket online at ticketsasa.com or via MPesa Paybill number 779741.
 
Places are limited. Please register for your Masterclass.
 
N.B: Day tickets to the main Storymoja Festival (Saturday and Sunday) are also available on ticketsasa.com at KES 1000/-

00:02 M1 – Transitioning from a Poetaster to a Popular Poet

Poetry appears easy and the assumption is that anything can be chopped into verse, deign to rhyme or altered to sound purposeful by syntactic subversion. If anything can be manipulated to be poetry, then anybody can be a poet! Dami Ajayi (Nigeria) and L-Ness (Kenya) will lead training on the positioning of contemporary poetry.
 
Wednesday 16th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Koko Riko Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in the Masterclass here.

00:03 M3 – Branding and Resume Clinic

Struggling with packaging a CV and a brand that is guaranteed to open doors for you? Join HR Expert Brendan Molloy (US) in a resume and branding clinic.  In partnership with American Reference Center.
 
Wednesday 16th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Life Skills Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in the Masterclass here.

00:04 M4 – Spoken Word with Raymond Antrobus and Raya Wambui

Want to hone your spoken word skills? Learn from the best of the best Raymond Antrobus (UK) and Raya Wambui (Kenya).
 
Wednesday 16th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Careerpedia Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in the Masterclass here.

00:06 M6 – Traffic Jam! A Creative Writing Masterclass

Is Nairobi traffic your worst nightmare? Does it drive you mad? Why not pen a novella, a short story or just a nice piece of literature while in matatu? Dominic Otiang’a (Germany) will share insights on how to turn this dreadful experience into an exciting writing career.
 
Thursday 17th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Koko Riko Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot on the Masterclass here.

00:07 M7 – Setting up Child Friendly Libraries in Schools

Do your students dread the library lesson and consider it a punishment? Come and learn how to create a welcoming and exciting space for children in your library. In partnership with Book Aid International.
 
Thursday 17th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Kanga Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in the Masterclass here.

00:08 M8 -Playwriting with Donald Molosi & John Sibi Okumu

Donald Molosi (Botswana) and John Sibi Okumu (Kenya) are both renowned theatre people in their own countries and beyond. Let them draw you in on some of the preoccupations which they confront as writers and performers for the theatre.
 
Thursday 17th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Life Skills Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in the Masterclass here.

00:09 M9 – Knowing You Knowing Me

A fun and interactive masterclass will help you to understand yourself and discover your career. Facilitated by Margaret Waithaka & Vicky Wainaina. In partnership with Discover Your Career.
 
Thursday 17th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Careerpedia Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in this Masterclass here.

00:11 M11 – Storytelling with Mobile Phone Photography.

This groundbreaking and in-depth masterclass on storytelling with mobile phone photography focuses on storytelling, mobile phone photography, how to draw the needed inspiration and creativity out of ones cultural and social environments, and the central part that mobile technology plays in creating a seamless creative workflow that integrates both blogging and social media. This masterclass is also accompanied by a special online micro-site that provides extra learning material. With Photographer Msingi Sasis
 
Friday 18th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Koko Riko Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in this Masterclass here.

00:12 M12 – Dance

Have you experienced a creative koroga of poetry and dance from the Czech Republic? Come and learn from an award winning dance instructor and performing artist Martin Dvorak (Czech Republic)
 
Friday 18th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Kanga Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in this Masterclass here.

00:13 M13 – Online Content Creation and Monetization

Desire to turn your creativity into money? Come and learn how to unlock the businessman in you! Facilitated by James Wamathai, Njeri Wangari & Kennedy Kachwanya. In partnership with BAKE.
 
Friday 18th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Life Skills Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in this Masterclass here.

00:14 M14 – Creative Entrepreneurship

Business training for artists from across genres to discover the business opportunities available in arts. Led by Brian Banda (Zimbabwe)and David Muriithi (Kenya).
 
Friday 18th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Careerpedia Tent – Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in this Masterclass here.

00:15 M15 – Journalism

Are you a journalist or blogger and want to improve your skills? Come and learn from the best. Journalist Jeff Koinange and Stephen Buckley (Head of Professional Development Programs at Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communication) share their insights in an interactive workshop.
 
Friday 18th September 2015
2pm to 5pm
Storymoja Festival
Arboretum Park, Nairobi, Kenya
 
Limited Spaces Available. Please reserve your spot in this Masterclass here.

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