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Words run the world: On the internet, and in novels, magazines, films, songs, and even love letters. How do you make your own collection of words and sentences standout? How do you become a better writer? How do you make money after becoming a good writer?

Award-winning writer, journalist and culture critic Oris Aigbokhaevbolo will facilitate a writing workshop where those and other questions will be answered. The Write with Style Workshop will focus on how to write reviews, interviews, reportage, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Here are specific points to be covered:

– How to write a good sentence

– What is style?

– What is euphony?

– How to use the semicolon and other punctuation marks

– Who pays writers?

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards and was a finalist for the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Nonfiction. A writer-in-residence at the island of Sylt in Germany, his work as an editor has been awarded by the Felabration Organising Committee. His creative nonfiction, humour writing, journalism, and wide-ranging reviews have appeared in The Guardian UK, Catapult, and Chimurenga. He is currently West Africa Editor at Music In Africa, a Goethe Institut-supported platform.

Here are further details of the workshop.

Date: 25-26 August, 2018

Venue: Ouidah, 3C, Oba Dosunmu Street (opposite Protea Hotel), off Isaac John Street, GRA Ikeja

Fee: 15,000 naira per participant (10,000 naira for early candidates before 19 August)

Participants are required to send 500-word writing samples to styleandsentences@gmail.com. Only successful candidates will receive further information and payment details.

Potential participants who would like to recommend more points for the class can fill this form.

For more details, please send an email to styleandsentences@gmail.com.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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