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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.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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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