Using the novel, The Ones With Purpose by Cynthia Jele as the starting point to inspire writers, Twist Projects invited writers from across Africa to a week-long writers’ workshop, where they received mentoring and feedback from other writers, directors and actors. The result is five finely tuned short scripts that explore issues of love, loss, family and responsibility from the perspectives of five very different writers. In this zoom meeting, the writers and mentors discuss the process of writing and rewriting for theatre, share their learnings from the Novel-Script writer’s development programme, and take questions from the public.
For more information on the 2020 Novel-Script project and to listen to readings of the six scripts, visit
This work is freely available to the public
Moderator: Emma Durden