I was among the pioneer students of this workshop and would gladly recommend it to any aspiring creative writer, regardless of whatever genre your interest lies in. It was there that I met Tolu Ogunlesi, Jumoke Verissimo, and Eghosa Imasuen, who was in fact my roommate. Eghosa has just published his second novel, Fine Boys, which seems to be the rave in town. And guess what? It was published by Farafina Kachifo. And, of course, I meant the awesome Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the so-incredible Binyavanga Wainaina.
Here is the detail of the Workshop for those who are interested:
ANNOUNCING THE 2012 FARAFINA TRUST CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from August 14 to August 24 2012. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Guest writers, including the Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Jeffery Allen, 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 The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling.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.
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. The deadline for submissions is June 25 2012. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by July 31 2012. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend 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 August 24, 2012.
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:
1. Your name
2. Your address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample can be either fiction or non-fiction.
You can get Eghosa's book in bookshops across Nigeria and on Amazon: