Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Adichie
Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie will be the lead at the Farafina Trust creative writing workshop in Lagos, Nigeria from June 21 to July 1, 2016.  She will be accompanied by Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc.

Farafina Trust is a non-profit organization established to promote reading, writing, and a culture of social introspection and engagement through the literary arts. It’s trustees are Uzodinma Iweala, (Beast of No Nation), Jide Bello, legal practitioner in Lagos, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, (Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah), and Muhtar Bakare of Kachifo Limited. The organisation’s patrons are Gbolly Balogun, Funmi Iyanda and Louis Edozien.

This isn’t the first time that the workshop is being hosted having run from 2009. Some of the writers who have taken part in the workshop in previous years include award winning writer Onyinye Ihezukwu, Kelechi Njoku, Efe Paul Azino, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Yewande Omotoso.

So how will it be done this year? It will take the form of a class with participants assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspective to the art of storytelling.

If you want to attend one of the most highly regarded workshops then you want 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. Take this one very seriously people!

Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by June 10, 2016. 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 1, 2016.

Good luck!