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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, literary journalist, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Transition, and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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