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The second edition of Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s Write with Style Workshop took place in Ikeja, Lagos on 24 and 25 November 2018.

Aigbokhaevbolo, who was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards and enjoys a reputation as one of Nigeria’s top culture critics, maintains that the Workshop is for “anyone using the English language in writing.” Currently an editor at Music in Africa where he received a media award from the annual Felabration festival, he has published literary essays and journalistic pieces in Chimurenga, The Guardian UK, and The Africa Report and has been twice shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Aigbokhaevbolo. “And so far we have had several kinds of workers: lawyers, business journalists, one student of economics and one science fiction writer at the workshop. I’d like to think they got something from attending. The idea is to help you write well, whatever it is you want or need to write. That could be a love letter, a novel or a business proposal. All of these require sentences and the workshop can give you the tools needed to write better sentences.”

The first edition of the Workshop had happened on 25 and 26 August and the third edition will take place in early 2019.

“We are considering making the workshop a little more regular,” Aigbokhaevbolo said. “Maybe have specific classes for, say, business writing, film criticism, fiction or creative nonfiction or maybe just as session for students even. It’ll probably require sponsors and some restructuring. Let’s see what happens next year.”

Interested participants should send an email to styleandsentences@gmail.com or call 08079056897.

Read our Q & A with Oris Aigbokaevbolo on the first workshop.

Read a report of the first workshop.

See photos from the workshop below. Credit: Adeyinka Yusuf.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. 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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