Saturday, April 22, 2006

ana abuja on the move

The Nigerian writers' body in Abuja, under its new chairman, poet Emman Usman Shehu, is forging ahead with new and exciting initiatives that should enrich the literary scene in the city and beyond. There are plans for a 5-week Short Story Writing Workshop in July. The branch is also reaching out, in a bid to establish closer links with Nigerian writers based abroad. Details below.

ANA Abuja would like to notify Nigerian writers, critics, scholars, artists and cultural activists living abroad that as part of the ongoing re-engineering, the chapter would gladly have the aforementioned do a reading, give a talk, participate in a workshop or stage an exhibition in Abuja whenever they are visiting the home country. Already Unoma Azuah has kindly agreed to kick-start this collaboration by doing a reading here in Abuja when she visits in June.

We are also starting a library for the chapter and would like donations of books published abroad by Nigerian writers, and subscriptions for quality journals including Sentinel Poetry Quarterly.

We also welcome any other forms of collaboration and suggestions which have not been mentioned. Our desire is to provide innovative service with integrity and improve the lot of the Nigerian writer in our little way. Feel free to share this information with others.

Kindly contact anaabuja@fastermail.com if you would like to collaborate with us.

Cheers,
Emman


ANA Abuja is pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Abuja Literary Society, a five-week Short Story Workshop will take place from July 1 -29, 2006.

The five- week workshop is designed to teach participants the craft of the genre through close exploration of character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, voice, theme and other related techniques in developing a short story from conception to conclusion and publication.

The workshop will use a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor(s) and classmates to ensure the participants get a firm grounding in all the basics of fiction writing, especially the short story.

Those who wish to write novels will find this course essential before taking the Fiction Workshop. Material developed in this course can eventually end up in a novel in the Fiction Workshop. By the end of the Short Story Workshop participants will be more knowledgeable and skilled as short story writers.

Participants are expected to bring a set of biros (blue/red/black & green), a spiral bound notepad, a notebook and a copy of their favourite short story.

A list of recommended reading texts will be made available.

On each day of the workshop, there will be two sessions lasting two-and-a-half hours each, with a 45 to 60 minutes break in between.

Contact anaabuja@fastermail.com for more details.

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