Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop 2012: Application Deadline – June 25th

Application Deadline: Monday 25 June 2012

The 2012 edition of the annual Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop is scheduled to hold from August 14 to August 24, 2012. Organized by award-winning writer and Creative Director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, and sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc., this year’s workshop will feature Guest writers, including the Caine Prize Winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina and Jeffery Allen, who will co-teach alongside Adichie.

Workshop Format & Aims:
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 The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling.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.

Submission Rules & Guidelines:
All materials 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 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 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 August 24, 2012.

To apply, send an e-mail to Udonandu2012@gmail.com

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.

Good luck with your application!

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is coming to Town!

Chimamanda & I

This is not Christmas, but my heart is leaping for joy. I have yet another chance to get a second autograph from a writer I love and respect so much – Chimamanda Adichie.

I saw her physically for the first time last year at a book reading/signing event at the Silverbird Lifestyle Bookshop on Victoria Island. She had drawn a lot more crowd than had been present in previous editions of the event. All I could do was just listen and look on in awe as she read a short story from one of her participants and shared a few jokes. She left before the actual end of the programme and when I had another opportunity to learn up close, the following day, during a 90-minute interactive session with her courtesy The Future Project Creative Writing Workshop, all I did was do a video recording, get an autograph on my copy of “The thing around your neck”, and pose for a quick shot. Perhaps, I was just too shy.

This weekend, Chimamanda is coming to town again and I’m going to get my new copy of “Half of a Yellow Sun” signed whilst offering a prayer (in my mind) that I make the cut for this year’s edition of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, which she will be coordinating alongside Kenyan author and Caine Prize Winner, Binyavanga Wainaina. Here are the event details, for those who will be in Lagos this weekend:

Date: Saturday 19 March 2011
Time: 3PM
Venue: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
See you there!

Apply to Join Chimamanda Adichie & Binyavanga Wainaina in the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop 2011

Chimamanda Adichie

The fifth edition of the annual creative writing workshop organized by Farafina Trust will hold from June 23 to July 2, 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria. Award-winning writer and Farafina author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be teaching alongside Kenyan writer & Caine Prize Winner, Binyavanga Wainaina. The workshop, sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc, will afford participants a golden opportunity to learn a lot via a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The workshop aims at improving the craft of Nigerian writers and encouraging 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 Udonandu2011@gmail.com. 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 27 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by June 15 2011. 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 2, 2011.

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Guest Post: Two Quick Book Reviews! by Lanre Shonoiki

It’s been almost a week since I made a post. My few final weeks in the University are already filled with several deadlines and my examination time table is out! But I’ll ensure there’s at least one new post every week.  For the first post this week, I share two quick book reviews by Lanre Shonoiki my witty friend and classmate. The Thing Around Your neck and Eko Dialogue are two of my favourite books read so far (this year)… Enjoy!

THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK (written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

Here, Chimamanda transitions from the novels, Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, into a collection of short stories, told in the effective, simple language she is highly reputed for. Skepticism on the minds of her fans about her ability to rightly tell bits of narrative doesn’t make it beyond “Cell One.” Characters practically walk out of the pages and lead you through experiences so real that you sometimes fear you turned the last leaf over yourself. The exuberant youth who learns from the shattered to value life (Cell One); the retired lecturer whose life resonates with wraiths of friends and lovers past (Ghosts); the faraway wife on the verge of “adopting” a “younger sister” (Imitation); the as-like-as-chalk-and-cheese writers on Jumping Monkey Hill; the re-dejected Kamara with autistic lesbian tendencies and a handful of others all resound the depth of Adichie’s knowledge of the situations, challenges and psyches of Nigerians. Accounts presented are rich, personal, convincing, seamless and above all beautiful in all their circumstantial imperfection. By the end, readers would find themselves culturally and essentially educated, critics would be rendered speechless, publishers and editors would have found a new standard of reference and writers would have found a higher level of story-telling to aspire to. Thumbs up Ngozi! The hat trick is complete.

EKO DIALOGUE (written by Joy Isi Bewaji)

Simply hilarious!

Some would describe this book that’s barely twice this whole review as ‘small’. ‘Effective’ should be the word. Joy manages to share the true Lagos experience in a hundred and twelve twenty-line pages. (A handful of BBC’s best reporters have tried in over a million words and the thesis is still on the drawing board.) Eko Dialogue is a collection of broken “gossips” on the lives of unrepentant survivors as they rive through the Lagos city cum hive, tricking and treating barely living bodies and semi-nobodies in a bid to make it back home at night… for the next day’s dose of the city’s travails. A fine broth spiced with slangs, grammar-murdering bus conductors, unforgivable vanity junkies and people who haven’t the faintest idea who they are, Eko Dialogue is a book you will keep not just for reference (I bet some of the stories bring personal experiences to mind), but for the occasional laugh you need to fix a broken day.  A few typos make the read slightly bumpy, but be rest assured that you would get good value for your money… or the minutes of cajoling it would cost you to borrow a friend’s copy (no one would let this book out easily). You’ll be through with the book in a few hours, but the book will linger a little longer… to punctuate the next time you haggle the fare with the conductor or listen to the pastor bid you sow “special seeds”.