In June, BookArtArea, the educational initiative of Angels and Muse, the popular artists’ co-working space in Lagos, called for applications to a free prose-writing masterclass. It was to be taught by Harvard creative writing professor Teju Cole, whose reflection, “Distance of Days,” we published; Saraba editor Emmanuel Iduma, whose nonfiction book A Stranger’s Pose was recently nominated for the Ondaatje Prize; and Ayobami Adebayo, whose debut novel Stay with Me recently received the 9Mobile Prize for Literature.

Nine writers were eventually selected: 20.35 Africa poetry series editor Ebenezer Agu, Thursday’s Children anthology co-editor Adams Adeosun, Kemi Falodun, Roli Afinotan, Ifediba Zube, Yinka Elujoba, Mariam Sule-Izuagbe, Tolu Daniel, and Joy Notoma. The masterclass took place at Angels and Muse, 5 August to 9 August, and closed with a public reading by the participants and a conversation with the facilitators.

The photos are by the Angels & Muse team.