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The Next Soyinka, Achebe or Adichie? Apply for the 2010 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop



elan chimamadaFarafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from May 20 to May 29 2010. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Guest writers who will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie are the Caine Prize Winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, Chika Unigwe – winner of a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing, South African writer Niq Mhlongo and celebrated Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo.

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 The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

To apply, send an e-mail to [email protected]

Your e-mail subject should read ‘Workshop Application.’

The body of the e-mail should contain the following:

1. Your Name

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 submissions is April 22 2010. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by May 6 2010. 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.

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  1. roundrobin

    March 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

    aww, i wish i could attend this, been waiting for such an oppurtunity.. but i’ll be at law school by that time. arrrgghh!

  2. Myne Whitman

    March 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

    She looks lovely. A role model indeed.

  3. bukky

    March 28, 2010 at 12:38 am

    obviously an Ituen Basi dress

  4. Vicki

    March 31, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Yeah, my thoughts exactly, “Adichie in Ituen Basi.” Thanks for the info, would give it a try.

  5. Onyez Ibe

    April 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I ve been looking for a helping hand from Adichie: checking her out at Farafina, sending her e-mails, maybe this is my chance, I am coming with a manuscript I think is a winner but thats if I get invited.

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  7. Kc

    August 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I missed out. When is the next compettion?

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    February 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

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