Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from June 21 to July 1, 2016. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. The Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie.
The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspective to the art of storytelling.
Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.
To apply, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your e-mail subject should read ‘Workshop Application’. The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
2. Your Address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample must be either fiction or non-fiction.
All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please DO NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified.
Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by June 10, 2016. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend for the ten-day duration of the workshop. A literary evening of readings, open to the public, will be held at the end of the workshop on July 1, 2016.
Farafina author, Obari Gomba, will be hosting an evening of poetry and mentoring – tagged ‘Obari Gomba and Friends’ – for aspiring poets and poetry lovers in the city of Port Harcourt. The event will feature poetry readings by the author, as well as light refreshments and discussions on creative writing (particularly poetry), getting published and literary prizes.
Date: Sunday, 10 January 2016
Time: 4.30 PM
Venue: Witty E-Cafe, 25 Nnewi Street, Mile I, Port Harcourt
Obari Gomba (PhD) teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt. His poetry collection, Length of Eyes, was listed by the jury of the Nigeria Prize for Literature as one of the best eleven poetry books in 2013. His poetry collection, Thunder Protocol, was published by Farafina Kamsi in 2015.
Kachifo Limited will be supporting Ake Arts and Book Festival, in collaboration with Vee Global Concepts Ltd, Sabi News and Freedom Park, to raise $10,000 for Binyavanga Wainaina – writer, activist and dear friend – who recently suffered a major stroke.
There will be a fundraiser for Binyavanga this Saturday, November 28, at the Members’ Lounge of Freedom Park in Lagos, from 12 noon to 6 PM. There will be readings, signings, an art auction, food and drink courtesy of Kitchen Butterfly, and more.
Kachifo titles will be sold at this event, as well as books from the Ake Festival book store. A percentage of Kachifo’s sales proceedings will go to Binyavanga’s medical fund.
Please come out, lend your support, buy a book.
If you cannot attend the fundraiser, you may send donations to Book Buzz Foundation, organisers of Ake Festival:
Bank: Guarantee Trust Bank
Account name: Book Buzz Foundation
Account number: 0127306840
Branch: Oba Akran, Lagos
Ref: For Binyavanga
Please spread the word.
The 2015 edition of Ake Festival is set to hold from 17 to 21 November, with the theme “Engaging the Fringe.” This year’s festival will focus on “genres and creative endeavour that are not regarded as ‘mainstream’ in spite of their growing popularity and availability.”
The festival organizers have announced the guests for this year, which include Farafina authors Binyavanga Wainaina, Eghosa Imasuen, debut author Elizabeth Adeolu, and A. Igoni Barrett, Tendai Huchu and Efe Paul Azino, whose books will be out this October from Farafina.
A. Igoni Barrett
Efe Paul Azino
To see the full guest list and learn more about the festival, please visit the Ake website.
To mark the end of the 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, there will be a literary evening open to the general public.
Date: Friday, 26 June 2015
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos
Admission is free and open to all, and your favourite Farafina titles will be available for sale. See you there.
Igoni Barrett, author of Love is Power or Something Like That and Blackass (long-listed for the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award and to be released in Nigeria this year from Farafina) will be joining Chibundu Onuzo, Ben Okri, Ellah Allfrey and several others at Africa Writes 2015.
Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual African literature and book festival. The festival will run from Friday July 3 to Sunday July 5, 2015 at The British Library in London.
The following applicants have been selected to participate in the 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop:
- NERISSA ANIDI
- ADAEZE EZENWA
- SHIELA CHUKWULOZIE
- EDWIN MADU
- ELOGHOSA OSUNDE
- TEMITOPE OWOLABI
- EMILOMO NWAFOR-OHIWEREI
- JOHN KARANJA NZISA
- AYODEJI ROTINWA
- DORIS ANIUNOH
- ENAJITE EFEMUAYE
- NARO OMO-OSAGIE
- PHIDELIA IMIEGHA
- JILL MNENA ACHINEKU
- NIYI ADEMOROTI
- AMARA NICOLE OKOLO
- OLORUNFEMI OWOYEMI
- ISAAC OTIDI AMUKE
- MODE ADERINOKUN
- OLUTIMEHIN ADEGBEYE
- AKWAEKE EMEZI
- FESTUS OKUBOR
- BADE AYOADE
- ABIODUN NKWOCHA
- FAREEDA ABDULKARIM
The workshop will run from June 16 to June 26, at the end of which there will be a Literary Evening open to the public.
Congratulations to the selected participants!