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The 2014 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

The 2014 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop


Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organised by award winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 12 to August 22 2014.

The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc.

The Caine Prize winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others 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 The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling.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.

Deadline for submission 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 on August 22 2014.

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 may be either fiction or non-fiction.


Update. This post has been edited to correct the change in dates for the workshop. Originally slated to start on August the 5, they have been moved by circumstances beyond the organiser’s control to August the 12th 2014. Accordingly, the Literary Evening will hold on the 22nd of August 2014.

43 Responses

  1. Wow, so happy it’s another season of Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. I can smell selflessness here in wanting to help upcoming creative writers. I’ll make sure I apply again this year. Kudos to Farafina.

  2. Pls, Farafina,can one be disqualified if one send a writing sample more than once? That is clicking on a particular sample up to two or three times to make sure it has been sent? Thank you for ur prompt response.

  3. Farafina, can someone who has sent his writing sample correct an error he dictated (paragraphing error due to copy and paste) and resend his work without any alteratio? Thanks for your reply.

  4. If I’m accepted how much would be the cost of all services for the whole ten days?

  5. Hello farafina, Is the workshop specifically for those residing in Lagos or is it applicable to all the 36 States of the federation? I live in Abuja and i want to apply. please can i apply?

    1. As is expected, we appreciate it if you send what you consider to the best sample of your writing. We have no specific policy about the number of entries. But sending many may be a way to upset the very hard-working submissions editor who has to slog through thousands of entries. Send one entry, your best.
      The workshop is a prose workshop and requires that you send a sample of either fiction or non-fiction.

    1. All emails receive an automated response if they are received into the inbox folder.
      if the go into spam, they will still be read. So long as your email provider marked the email as sent, we will read it.

  6. Dear Farafine, I think i just sent the wrong sample the with more than 800 words… Is it alright if i re-send a new with the wright number of words or have i been disqualified? Thanking you in advance for reply.

  7. OMG!!! I am so anxious, have been checking my inbox since Monday hoping to see a reply,Please do you the exact period of calling for participation, the automated response said second to third week of July.

    1. Congrats to d qualified candidates. I could only make d shortlist of seventy frm 1076 entries bt i’m glad i got d msg 4rm Chimamanda herself.

  8. Have you selected the writers for the 2014 workshop? I hope I am able to participate in this year’s workshop.

  9. Congrats to d qualified candidates. I could only make d shortlist of seventy frm 1076 entries bt i’m glad i got d msg 4rm Chimamanda herself.

  10. Hello Farafina, I applied for the 2014 creative writing workshop but didn’t make it. It would be helpful to get some feedback so that I might improve my writing skills and try again next year. Thank you.

  11. Over the years, you’ve done Prose workshops. I think there is the need to consider other genres of Literature. Should we expect a Poetry workshop anytime soon?

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