The annual Nigerian Breweries sponsored and Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop which is led by internationally renowed Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie is scheduled to hold from June 16 to June 26, 2015. Prolific Kenyan author and winner of the Caine Prize for African writing, Binyavanga Wainaina, Norwegian writer, Aslak Sire Myhre and the author of ‘Fine Boys’, Eghosa Imasuen have been listed to co-facilitate the workshop with Adichie.
Over 1000 entries were received for this year’s Creative Writers Workshop, out of which 21 were selected. To enter, applicants were asked to send a writing sample of between 200 and 800 words of either fiction or non-fiction, and a few sentences about themselves to enter for this year’s edition.
The 2015 Creative Writing Workshop will take the form of an interactive class session where participants will be assigned a wide range of reading, as well as daily writing exercises. The participants will also be exposed to creative techniques to help them bring different perspectives to the art of storytelling. At the end of the workshop, participants will be presented with certificates at a literary evening of readings that will be opened to the public. The literary evening is slated to hold on Friday, June 26, 2015.
Since 2009, Nigerian Breweries has sponsored the Creative Writing Workshop in partnership with Farafina Trust. The Workshop has helped to discover and sharpen literary skills in Nigeria. It has trained over 120 creative writers and has featured several international writers. The list of international writers include; Jeffery Allen, a Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York and an instructor in the Writing Program at The New School. Robert Spillman, Editor of Tin House, a ten-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine that has been honoured in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. Amah Ata Aidoo, award winning Ghanaian writer, Chika Unigwe and Binyavanga Wainaina have also been part of the literary workshop since its inception.
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