All the writing events you can attend this weekend

 

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Hello, Sparkle Writers! There are a number of amazing events holding this weekend.  Check them out.

The FCT Book Fair

It is the first of its kind in Abuja so apart from getting the opportunity to hangout with book lovers, buy good books and have a great time, you’d be part of history. Is that not amazing? 

The Book Fair will feature a picnic, games like scrabble, monopoly and chess. There would be toys and bouncing castles for children. Authors and bookstore owners will make sure to bring great books you can buy. We think this would be a good way to have wholesome fun with your family and friends.

The fair would hold Sunday, August 27, 2017

The venue is Event Centre, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti Street, Srea 3 Garki Abuja.

Follow @FCTbookfairNg on Twitter for details. 

 

Tomi Adesina’s Book Launch

 

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Whoop! If you have been following us for a while then you’d know that we have featured Tomi on our #WriterSpotlight.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that she is launching her book George’s Pieces Of Me. 
The launch date is Sunday 20th August 2017  by 3:00 pm.

Tomi writes so beautifully you’d love her event.

 

If you want your event for writers to be featured on our blog, please send an email to thesparklewriters@gmail.com.

Writing events you would love to attend

Every weekend there is an amazing event for writers and readers. Check out these weekend’s events. 

The Author’s Talk 

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This is an annual event powered by @kateekanem @katetalesfoundation. 

The talk will be addressing the central theme of “Unpacking Your Diversity In Stories”, and tackling sub-themes like feminism, art as a mirror of society, gender bias and sexual orientation. Creatives like Chimdinma Adriel Onwukwe, Amarachi Atama Amu , Sophia Jerome amongst others will be present.

There will be spoken word performances and poetry readings too. If you want to attend this talk, register here

 

The Medina Special Anniversary Bookference

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Medina Book club will hold its anniversary bookference Saturday, August 12th 2017. This event will feature a book chat and panel session, spoken word and a special meet and greet of book clubbers. 

Venue is P.A.G.E Book Connoisseurs, 23, Opebi Road Ijeka Lagos. 

If this is something you would love to be a part of don’t hesitate to join them. 

Words are Work Fiction Masterclass

 

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Fiction writing is not so difficult but some writers are still having issues creating great fictional characters. To this effect, Words Are Work and The Future Africa have teemed up to bring you an amazing master class that teaches you how to do just that. 

If you know you need this class send a mail to info@thefutureafrica.com.

This class will hold Saturday August 12th , 2017. 

Writing Events This Weekend!

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Hello Sparkle Writers!

Every Friday, we will bring you events and training for writers that we think you should be aware on a weekly basis. There’s no reason for you to miss out on great events anymore. 

This week, we have the following events;

White Lagos Book Party

You may have heard of the award winning travel writer in Nigeria, Pelu Awofeso, but we are not sure you have seen his new book White Lagos! 

The book is a beautiful documentation of the popular Eyo Festival in Lagos and to officially launch it, Pelu will be hosting the White Lagos Book Party this Sunday, July 23rd 2017 at Page Book Connoisseurs 

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, Steve Ayorinde, will be a special guest at this event. 

Want to attend? Purchase a copy of his book and you get an instant invite. 

For more information about this event, kindly visit Pelu Awofeso’s twitter handle (@PeluAwofeso)

 

OkadaBooks Writers Association Masterclass

OkadaBooks is hosting a Masterclass this Sunday to teach writers how to create book covers for free. How awesome is that? This is a great opportunity to learn how to create amazing designs for that book you are writing. 

You don’t need to own a complex graphic design software or have a degree in Graphic Design to create beautiful images. Just attend this masterclass. 

In this free session, you will learn how to create beautiful book covers and fliers with a program as simple as Microsoft Word.

This class is ideal for authors who want to design simple but beautiful book covers without shelling out thousands of Naira.

This class will hold at Workstation in Victoria Island. Spaces are limited so RSVP as soon as possible by sending a mail to okada@okadabooks.com.

 

If you have an event or training for writers that you would like us to feature, please send an email to thesparklewritershub@gmail.com. 

Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block

Hello, Sparkle Writers! 

We are so excited about our writing class coming up on Saturday 1st July and we hope you’ll find it useful. 

Before we talk about the class, let’s tell you why we decided to have it. 

One thing writers complain about when they reach out to us (or during their coaching sessions with our writing coach) is their struggle with writer’s block. Oh, writer’s block. It has limited so many writers from reaching the pinnacle of their talent. 

We’ve provided certain tips on our blog to help writers deal with writer’s block and we have also given one on one advice but do you know what? There is nothing like putting into practice the tried and tested tips for overcoming writer’s block. 

And that’s why we are having this class at The Sparkle Writers Hub. 

You are going to learn how to overcome writer’s block in the most practical and fun way possible. This is not a workshop. It’s a time to exercise your writing muscles and beat writer’s block!

Now that we’ve said that, here are all the details you need to know about the writing class. 

Theme – Exercise Your Writing Muscles and Beat Writer’s Block

Date – Saturday 1st July

Time – 11 am

Fee – N3,500

Venue – Will be sent to confirmed participants.

To book a seat, please send an email to thesparklewritershub@gmail.com. There is no deadline for registration but once all the seats are taken, we will stop accepting bookings.

Don’t be left out and see you soon!

Elis Publishing is raising Warrior Writers and Teachers with a Pen

If you are a woman, a Christian, you feel the call to write and publish books, you are totally unaware of how to get started, and how to put pen to paper or you are fearful, unsure whether your message matters, and you are not sure who to turn to? Then you need to attend the Elis Pen-Writers workshop.

Presented by Elis Publishing, the workshop will help you to;

  • Identify and accept your call to write 
  • Deal with the basics of book writing 
  • Learn how to spiritually carry your book and much more. 

Elis Pen-Writers desire to see that the creativity of God is shown forth in His writers (scribes). This workshop is for first time authors, aspiring authors and soon-to-be authors. It aims to encourage, train and equip people as they journey to becoming authors. The following will be dealt with – fear, rejection, finding your voice, understanding your call, knowing your message amongst others.

There will also be practical lessons on discipline, refining your manuscript, preparing your manuscript for editing, figuring the best publishing route for you, how to financially prepare to publish your book and much more!

The workshop will hold at the Shoreditch Platform on Saturday 5th August and it costs £15. 

Now is the time for you to birth that book and spread the message that God has given to you through writing. This workshop is only open to women and there are 30 spaces left.

To register, send an email to info@elispublishing.com. 

Attend Ouida books’ Readings and Discussions

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Hey Sparkle Writers, 

If you love books as much as we do then you’d want to attend this event. On Sunday May 14th 2017, two writers, Ayobami Adebayo and Odafe Atogun will be at Patabah Books to read and discuss their books, Stay with me and Taduno’s dance. 

Although both books are debuts there have been really great reviews from readers. Stay with me has even been nominated for the Bailey’s price. 

The time is 3pm. 

The session will be moderated by Kola Tubosun and we believe that it will be an amazing event. 

If you can make it please do. 

 

 

You should participate in The Okike Prize for literature contest.

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We love it when we see initiatives that are set up to encourage creativity and writers so you could only imagine our joy when we heard about the Okike prize for literature.

The Okike prize for literature is a new initiative based in Nigeria which seeks to reward literary excellence to Nigerian University students in three genres: poetry, prose and drama. Isn’t that amazing?

So if you meet that criterion (Nigerian undergraduate) you should start getting your entries ready.

Here are a few rules to note: 

  • Any work of prose of prose shall be fiction and not exceed 1,500 words
  • The work if poetry must be limited to 1,000 words
  • The work if drama must not exceed 3, 000 words and acts and scenes must be clearly demarcated.
  • Clearly state your word count on the upper side of the work and your name must not be written on the work or in the attachment
  • Your cover letter should be written in the body of your mail and should contain your name, email address, university and phone number.
  • Please note there will be an award giving event and winners have to attend as your work will be published in an anthology.
  • The deadline for submission is June 5th 2017
  • Submissions should be made to okikieprize@gmail.com

Incased you are wondering what the prize is, its N 50,000 to winners in each category

There is no particular theme for this submission call. So writers and visual arts are encouraged to be as creative as possible.

 

 

The Sparkle Writers were at the National Spelling Bee and this is what happened

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If you follow us on Instagram you’d know that we attended the Lagos Regional Finals of the Spelling Bee  some weeks ago. Well we were invited to the National Finals of the competition and we couldn’t turn down the offer.

We arrived at NECA Hall to an already packed hall and the competition was just about to start. There were thirty contestants at the beginning and each one of them had to spell a number of words before their scores were collated.

After this round, scores from a previous round the spellers had in camp and this round were collated to determine who moved to the next round.

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Twenty out of thirty spellers qualified for the next round and then the elimination stage began. Every wrong word spelt meant the speller was out of the competition.

Oh, we forget to mention that the lyrics of the theme song were quite nice. This is one line we absolutely love. “Be a word slayer, believe in your dreams, know your ABC and know that you are a champion.”

After about six rounds, we finally had a winner and spellers in second and third place.

It is interesting to note that the winner of the competition Adedipe Tirenioluwa was at the competition last year and came second. Her determination brought her to the competition this year and her win was truly memorable.

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Everyone was super happy for her. Even the Sparkle Writers.

We even have a video of when she spelt her winning word ( You’d have to go to our instagram page to watch that.)   

The winner, apart from getting a cash prize for herself and teacher, also received an all expense paid trip to The Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington DC.

Aghomi Favour and Kokobassey Ephraim came 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

The event was beautiful we think the organizers did a fine job.

 

Sparkle Writers, this is your opportunity to become a paid critic.

 

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Hey Sparkle Writers, the maiden edition of The Critic Challenge 2017 is here!The challenge is an annual call for critics that aims to bridge this divide and discover talented critical writers in order to set a standard for the cultural and creative industry in Africa.

The subject of critiquing has been neglected for a long time in the cultural economics in Africa. Whereas there is proven influence of published critical judgments on consumption levels, increase in cultural demand and a significant positive effect on revenues accrued in international scenes.

Wondering how you can participate? 

  • Select a preferred category from either films, music or books 
  • Choose 2 out of the 5 subjects in your preferred category to critique.
  • Send in your reviews of not more than 850 words. See submission details HERE.
  • Entries will be judged based on the following criteria;
  • Clarity with regards to understanding the universe of the subjects.
  • Constructive criticism with regards to social political, cultural and economic discourse of the subjects.
  • Originality. Plagiarized entries would be disqualified.
  • Accuracy of language, historical references and facts.
  • Narrative flow.
  • Relevance of thematic expressions.

Please note that submission of entries closes at 12 midnight on May 15th 2017.

What’s more fun? Top 10 entries from each category would be selected by our judges and published on the CREETIQ website and users would be able to vote their favorite entry.

Remember that there are cash prizes to be won so take this very seriously. 

For more information visit the CREETIQ website 

4 reasons why outlining is important for writers

How many times have you read a story, poem or article and you had to stop halfway because something was not just right? You stopped probably because the article did not flow well. 

You may even have experienced something similar with your work. You wrote something but didn’t think it fit quite well. This and many more problems can be avoided with an outline. 

Here are four benefits you stand to gain from taking the time to outline your work;

Focus

An outline helps you focus your attention. It helps you determine what to write. It gives you a roadmap from start, through the middle, and to the end.

Outlining actually helps you write more quickly, more effectively. 

Flow

It is far easier to review the flow of your information over a page or two than over hundreds of pages. Even for shorter documents, like a blog post or e-mail message of substance, it is a good idea to at least jot down an information outline.

What do you need to tell your audience? Is it in the right order? Are the transitions logical? What are the relationships between topics and subtopics? Is the hierarchy transparent?

Balance

Reviewing an outline makes it easy to determine if the right amount of emphasis is placed on each topic. Simple enough. You might find that you need to move things around to get the right balance, or perhaps you will decide to remove information.

 Completeness

An outline is much easier to review for any gaping holes. You will not have to go through the whole document looking for those holes. You can look at the topics and subtopics to ensure you have covered everything you must tell your audience.