Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2012 FARAFINA TRUST CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: Nine reasons you should apply

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The 2012 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop has been announced. As an attendee at last year's workshop, I know a few reasons why you should apply - that is, if you're a writer seeking learning/improvement.

1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She's an amazing teacher and writer, and the opportunity to learn from her is something you don't want to just pass up.
2. You'll be well taken care of, in terms of lodging and transportation. No need to worry your writer's head about that.
3. You'll make new (and probably awesome) writer friends.
4. You'll be pushed/motivated (I know I was).
5. If you had any doubts, you'll be convinced you're not a crazy person for pursuing "this writing thing".
6. You'll get comfort from realizing - if you hadn't before - that there are others like you.
7. You'll get to write new (maybe wonderful, maybe not) stuff.
8. Application deadline is June 25, so you have enough time to give it your best shot.
9. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; in case you didn't get it at number 1.

Start preparing now o; I hear time flies. 

See details below...

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda 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 The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling.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. 

Submission details:
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 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 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. 


  1. How much is it? And where exactly is it gonna hold?

    1. There's no fee; all you need is for your piece to be accepted. It holds in Lagos.

  2. Hi am chinwe n am so excited abt dis opportunity farafina trust is giving out! I no my dreams n aspiratns r tied around writin which is my first luv n i luv any opportunity 2 improve.tanx chimamanda..lookin 4wrd to being in d house..