Connect with us


It’s Time To Enter For the 2014 Farafina Creative Writing Workshop | Deadline is 30th June 2014



If you’re a writer, or you have an interest in learning some of the finer elements of the writing craft, then this is one opportunity you don’t want to pass off on.

Orange Prize winner, Chimamanda Adichie is the creative director of the Farafina Trust; and together with some other notable writers like Kenyan Caine Prize winning writer, Binyavanga Wainana and Aslak Sira Myhre, they will run a ten-day writing workshop. The Farafina Creative Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Nigerian Breweries PLC, will run from August 5 to August 15 2014.

According to the press release:
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 The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling.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 June 30 2014. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by July 22 2014. 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.

At BellaNaija, we encourage you to send in an entry. The workshop has been a valuable resource to BN Columnists like Glory Edozien, Wana Udobang and Gbenga Awomodu. Other BN contributors who have passed through the workshop are Pemi Aguda and Uche Okonkwo (who recently won Inaugural edition of the Etisalat Prize for Flash Fiction). Popular blogger and 2013 Caine Prize shortlisted writer, Elnathan John, is also an alumni of the workshop!

So start working on your entries!We wish you the best.


  1. Ene

    April 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I applied some years back,Wasn’t selected. let me give it another shot. A lot of water has passed under the bridge, Not even sure i have 10 days to spare anymore, but am still off to apply. See you chimamanda.Muaahh

  2. Ada

    April 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Nice Opportunity. Applied sometime ago but wan’t chosen. Will apply again.

  3. Kharis

    April 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Although, this will be my first time of applying, I’m confident I will get in. A big thanks to the organizers of this seminar for this lovely opportunity to empower Nigerian writers!

  4. Nduka Augustine

    April 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I’m off to apply. Not upbeat about getting accepted but I’m applying anyway. Big thanks to Farafina, nigerian breweries, and Bella Naija for this wonderful opportunity.

  5. Tolu Agunbiade

    April 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    It’s a great opportunity. Totally worth it! I got in last year and it was the highlight of my year. Amazing facilitators, diverse participants, plenty things to learn. Fun, fun, fun!

    • Amanda Madumere

      January 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Hi, Tolu.
      Do you happen to know if the workshop holds this year, 2015?

  6. Makepeace Deorji

    May 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you Chimamanda, thank you Nigerian Breweries Plc and thank you Binyavanga and Aslak for his huge opportunity you are making available to creative writers to get to learn and actually use more perspective approaches to their writings.

  7. albert afeso akanbi

    May 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This is a good initiative….thanks to Adichie and NB…it will be my 3rd time applying…I hope am admitted to participate this time…kudos


    May 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Wow! what a wonderful opportunity,though this is my first time but no matter what i gonna go for it.

  9. Angela

    June 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for this info BN, am going to apply right away and am very positive that i will be taken.

  10. Derek

    July 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Hello there, just how can one be sure not to have missed the return mail?

  11. Achoda Linus

    August 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Never knew of this untill I watched a video of your talk on ‘the dangers of a single story’ recently. Wishing this year’s participants a successful seminar. Hope to apply next year

  12. isima richards

    September 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Morning, is another one coming up.

  13. Leo

    November 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Pls is this going to hold next year??

  14. sopuruchukwu

    March 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    thanks to adiche and nigeria brewies for organizing farafina and encouraging young writers.please how can i apply

  15. Muddassir S Abdullah

    April 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    One of the first thing came to mind while going across the link above is the quote of the British Scientist Newton read “If I see further, it is by the standing on the shoulders of giant ” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my giant for years her books like Purple Hibiscus(2004), Half Of A Yellow Sun(2007), The Things Around Your Neck(2007),and the latest Americanah (2013) which according to the Guardian of UK is among the Top 10 Books of the year. Coming to Kenyan Caine Prize Winner (2002) Binyavanga Wainaina is my man and a brother becouse we share the same blood running through our veins for years. One thing about his book “One Day I Will Rite About This Place ” is what the African father of Literature Ngugi Wa Thiongo’o says about the book and the author “………….Wainaina is the singer and painter with the words, he makes you feel,touch,smell,the world of Africa……….”

  16. Muddassir S Abdullah

    April 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Please I was a little confused about the exact date for the ten-days workshop. Some given link gives 20-29th May 2016 as the date, while other link says it is from 5-15th August 2016 and another gives a different date. Please! What is the exact date for the workshop? Hope to receive my answer early for the preparation. Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tangerine Africa

Star Features