Windhoek Writers Club It all starts with words...

…and some writers.

Started by Peter Orner in January, 2017, as an informal writers’ group, the Windhoek Writers Club (WWC) provides a space for Windhoek-based writers to share their passion for storytelling.

Membership is free and open to all writing disciplines.

The WWC, at present, meets once a month at a pre-determined venue. Its members take turns submitting writing for constructive critique – this is the group’s primary objective. Where submitted stories are strong enough for publication, they may be shortlisted for eventual publication in Doek! or other international publications and competitions.

The WWC’s strengths are the diversity of the group’s lived experiences, the varied and curious reading interests, each member’s passion for literature and their dedication to writing, and their commitment to collaborative editing.

Pieces submitted and critiqued by the Windhoek Writers Club have found their way to Litro Magazine (UK) and The Johannesburg Review of Books (RSA).

Doek!’s vision is to have every town in Namibia hosting its own local writing club, with all interested writers working towards submitting to Doek! or their own local publication.

Founding members

Kavena Hambira is a Namibian writer and the chairperson of the Namibia Institute of Democracy, an independent institution promoting civic education, civil society development, socio-political surveys, and research in Namibia. Kavena is a former Fullbright Scholar from Golden Gate University in San Fransisco, USA. He is also a consultant working in the institutional capacity building, skills development, corporate affairs, civic education, and training fields.

Kavena is a current member of the WWC and a Doek! contributing editor.

Instagram: @kavilier

Coletta Kandemiri is a Zimbabwean writer and a PhD candidate at the University of Namibia (UNAM). She graduated with her Master’s degree cum laude from UNAM in 2018, winning the Chancellor’s and the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards at the end of her studies which merged eco-criticism and post colonialism in the analysis of literary text set in the colonial Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe). Coletta is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Studies focusing on how contemporary glitches in present day Namibia could stem from the 1904-1908 Herero-Nama Genocide.

Coletta is a current member of the WWC and a Doek! contributing editor.

Pancho Mulongeni is a Namibian writer and health communications specialist currently pursuing his PhD in public health, focusing on alcohol and other drug use amongst young people in Australia, at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Pancho completed his Master’s degree in public health at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as well as a fellowship in adolescent health at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Pancho has participated in public dialogue surrounding public health by contributing to The Namibian, choosing to focus on the political determinants of health.

Mutaleni Nadimi is a Namibian writer, filmmaker, and publishing professional. She currently serves as the editorial and production manager at UNAM Press, the University of Namibia’s publishing unit. Mutaleni holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and a BA in Film Studies, Scriptwriting, and Literature from Bennington College in Vermont, USA.

Mutaleni is a current member of the WWC and a Doek! contributing editor.

Twitter: @lushdreamer

Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian columnist, essayist, short-story writer, poet, photographer, and the author of The Eternal Audience of One. His short stories have appeared in Litro Magazine, AFREADA, The Johannesburg Review of Books, The Amistad, The Kalahari Review, American Chordata, Doek!, Azure, and Sultan’s Seal.

Rémy is a current member of the WWC and Doek!‘s editor-in-chief.

Web: | Twitter/Instagram: @remythequill Facebook: Remy The Quill

Peter Orner is an American writer and the author of Esther Stories; The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo; Love and Shame and Love; Last Car Over The Sagamore Bridge; and Am I Alone Here? His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, and McSweeney’s among others.

Peter is the recipient of numerous literary honours including a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction; the Young Lion’s Award from the New York Public Library; the Bard Prize for Fiction; the California Book Award; and two Pushcart Prizes. Peter was also a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Awards. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

Web: | | Twitter: @peterorner Facebook: Peter Orner

Emily Schlink is an American writer, nurse, and traveler who lived in Namibia. She made her foray into writing eight years ago when she landed in Romania. She learned her writing craft through blogging and newsletter editing. Her fortes are travel and memoir writing.

Emily is a Doek! contributing editor.

Selma Shiyoka is a Namibian writer and secondary school English teacher. She has a degree in English from the University of Namibia. Her short story, “The Unconquered”, was published in Fourteen Hills 24. It was also nominated for the 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

David Smuts is a current Justice of the Supreme Court of Namibia and the author of Death, Detention and Disappearance, a forthcoming book about the rule of law in pre-independence Namibia. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. Justice Smuts received an award as a Human Rights Monitor from Human Rights Watch in 1990 and was elected an Orville Schell Jr Fellow at Yale Law School in that same year. He was recently chosen as a member of the American Academy for Arts and Science in 2019.

Justice Smuts is a current member of the WWC and a Doek! contributing editor.

Tuulikki Tammi is a Finnish writer. She lived in Namibia where she was part of the Windhoek Writers Club. She studied creative writing at Orivesi College of Arts in Finland and holds a MPhil from the University of Helsinki. She is current working on a young adult’s fantasy novel written in Finnish.

Join the the Windhoek Writers Club

Membership is free and open to any interested storyteller with a passion for writing. Please fill in the form below so you can be added to the group’s mailing list and receive notifications about meeting times and venues.