Every year, Farafina Trust organizes a literary workshop in Lagos. Aspiring writers are invited to a ten-day intensive writing retreat facilitated by Chimamanda Adichie.

You get a chance to receive training and mentorship from Adichie. As you can imagine, it is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for those who are lucky enough to get in.

Most people who have attended in the past return with glowing testimonials about their experience.

Read Eloghosa Osunde’s piece on her experience here. See photos from the 2015 session here.  Read Akwaeke Emezi’s piece on meeting Adichie here.

See below for all the details on how to apply.

Good luck! Deadline is May 20.

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 June 21 to July 1, 2016. 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 The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspective to the art of storytelling.

Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

To apply, send an e-mail to udonandu2016@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 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!



Brittle Paper is not responsible for the organization or further promotion of this workshop, neither do we have a stake in its popularity. Address any inquiry to the email included in the post.

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11 Responses to “Opportunity for African Writers | Apply for a Chance to Study With Chimamanda Adichie” Subscribe

  1. Adaora 2016/04/11 at 11:25 am #

    Two things I wish I’d known before taking part in the Farafina Workshop:

    1) Don’t be dismissive of your writing and the writings of your fellow participants; the future will surprise you.

    2) Don’t worry about being or not being any tutor’s favourite. Those things don’t matter at all in the long run.

    Good luck!

  2. Grace Okpo 2016/04/11 at 11:51 pm #

    Well, here it comes again! Hope a chance is given for budding writers to get their works published for free!

  3. Kuda 2016/04/12 at 4:42 am #

    Is the workshop only open to Nigerians? I am Zambian.

  4. LaBelleHereuse 2016/04/12 at 11:40 am #

    Hi Kuda, I think anyone on the continent can apply, by sending an entry written in English. I saw an interview where Chimamanda said diversity was important to the workshop and she had had participants from Ghana and South Africa before. Good luck!

  5. Ndongolera 2016/04/13 at 4:01 am #

    Does this sponsorship cater for travel expenses of the participants?

  6. Thato Mongweotsile 2016/04/13 at 10:20 am #

    Do we have to write in english only or we can use other languages?

  7. M'theto 2016/04/14 at 2:34 am #

    I am excited.

    Giving this a shot. Already have it a serious thought.

    What matters for now is to participate.

    My Malawi the Warm Heart of Africa, Africa and the world stands to benefit.

  8. Ainehi Edoro 2016/04/14 at 9:00 am #

    Dear All,

    As stated in the post, Brittle Paper is not responsible for the organization of the workshop, so we are not in a position to answer any question you might have. Please address all inquiries to the email provided in the post: udonandu2016@gmail.com



  9. Bright NTAKKY 2016/04/15 at 9:53 pm #

    Awesome. Thank you for the initiative and congrats to all who will make it.

  10. Peter 2016/05/18 at 4:48 am #

    Pls how can I apply? What are the processes of this application? I have been searching all round but can’t find it. A great process by Chima Amanda. Thanks.

  11. Oludiya Oreoluwa 2016/09/06 at 6:51 pm #

    Please when does the application process for the workshop start each year?

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