Who is ready for the African Writers Meet?

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There are a few opportunities in Nigeria, where budding writers, bloggers, authors, content writers, and poets can come together to network, learn from mentors and pitch their dreams to people that have the power to propel their careers into a quick start. The African Writers as an organization was created to bring these writers together and help them learn more about their craft so that they could grow and become recognized. The African Writers Meet was born out of the need to see these new voices rise to limelight.” – Faith Moyosore Agboola, Founder The African Writers.

THEME: TURNING YOUR WRITING INTO AN ENTERPRISE.

DATE & TIME: OCTOBER, 28, 2017, 10:00AM.

VENUE: ONIKAN YOUTH CENTER, KING GEORGE V ROAD, TBS, LAGOS, NIGERIA.

ENTRY:  FREE

The African Writers Meet “17 is packed with amazing activities. The first being the Conference and Panelist Session where notable figures in the literary space like the revolutionary Poetpreneur and Founder of i2x Media, the organizers of Word Up, Olumide Holloway, Top fiction blogger and author of bestseller novels including The Guardians of the Seals, Tunde Leye, Social Media Strategist and relationship and lifestyle blogger Elsie Godwin of elsiesy.com and Editor, Writing Coach and Founder of the Sparkle Writers Hub, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi will each give talks on how writers can build their brands in the different writing fields. It will involve practical lessons and detailed description of personal experiences which will be followed by a Question and Answer session to ensure the writers get the very best.

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The second activity, which promises to be very memorable will be the Pitch Your Dreams where aspiring authors, bloggers, content writers and poets will pitch their dreams to a group of panellists. These panellists will pick the most convincing and promising participants who will get amazing career boost opportunities from partnering brands. The authors will get free e-book publishing and promotion courtesy AW Publishing, the bloggers will get a complete rebrand of their blog and free SEO optimization courtesy OV Media, the poets will get free Audio recording of their spoken word pieces and the content writers will get a free individual and group masterclasses and placement for job opportunities in the Sparkle Writers Network courtesy the Sparkle Writers Hub. Others include performances by talented young poets and soulful artists who will serve as a source of entertainment and there will also be giveaways for winners of mini-challenges at the event. Amidst the numerous value it promises to provide, it will also be an opportunity for writers to network with one another and meet possible people to collaborate with.

The event is free but it is important to register to attend as only 250 spaces are available. Only registered participants will be allowed into the venue.

To Register click here:

 

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#WriterSpotlight – “I hope that through my work, the world will understand love, practice kindness and experience peace.” Ibe Blessing

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With every writer, there is fresh insight, undiluted truth and wisdom for ages. Blessing’s interview is not any different. This is #WriterSpotlight. Enjoy! 

Hello Blessing, please introduce yourself.

I am Ibe Blessing Chiamaka, a medical student of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state. I hail from Imo State.

How long have you been writing for and what have you learnt in these years?

I have always been writing since secondary school days although it was neither consistent nor fantastic. However, I actively picked up writing sometime last year and it peaked during the African Writers’ February steps. Before now, my major excuses for not writing were lack of time and things to write about. So far, I have come to an understanding that I have all the time I need only if I can spend less time on frivolities. Again and more importantly, I have learnt to see everything around me as a potential subject for my write-ups. Indeed, what to write about is everywhere around.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

While growing up, my mom bought us books pertaining to assorted areas of life. As the days rolled by, I discovered that my thoughts and ideologies formed on the basis of things I read about. Those words spurred in me desires, passions and hopes. The power in those words left me with no option than to propel myself towards who and what I  wanted to be.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I really can’t say my inspiration comes from anything specifically because most times any object, person or situation can quicken my emotions and intellect enough to make me write.

You seem to love sharing your work on Instagram, what inspired it?

My love for sharing my work on Instagram started during the February steps organised by African Writers. Prior to that time, I was not active on Instagram since I didn’t take lots of pictures but posting my work on Instagram exposed me to a novel idea of combining pictures with write ups. I loved the creativity and the audience it attracted.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

I am greatly skilled in the act of procrastination and I am abysmally willing to give it up in order to be a better writer.

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Apart from writing, what are your other hobbies?

I enjoy crafts, cooking and reading.

Have you ever been rejected as a writer, if yes please tell us about it.

I  have not experienced much of rejections especially because I’ve not been submitting my write-up for publications but one experience that I can remember happened during my secondary school days. I was selected to participate in an essay competition. Truthfully, I gave my time and energy to writing it. I met several superiors to proofread it, I made corrections over and over again and I was certain to at least come out successful after all I had come out tops in more challenging ones that I least prepared for. But then, not only did I not come out tops, I got a ridiculous score that made me have an utmost dislike for those figures for a while. I could not fathom what mistake(s) I made that warranted such a sad score. I decided never to participate in other competitions and immediately concluded that I wasn’t just good enough for the whole ‘writing thing’. Fortunately, I did not wear the sad demeanour for as long  as I thought I would. The reason is simple. I was stuffed with encouragement from everyone and everything. Every word seemed to replace a unit of sadness with the extra words floating on the new happiness I had acquired.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

I hope that through my work, the world will understand love, practice kindness and experience peace.

How has your writing evolved over the years, did you do anything specific to make improvements? If yes, please share with us.

I think my writing has increased in dimensions, originality and creativity because I wrote more often, learnt from works of other writers and availed myself opportunities of joining groups where I could learn more about writing.

Do you Google yourself? Please tell us why?

Yes, I do that sometimes chiefly out of curiosity about what information the world has  about me.

If you could be anything in the world, what would that be?

I honestly would still love to be me.

If you know any writer who you feel should be featured on our #WriterSpotlight segment or you are that writer, please send an email to thesparklewritershub@gmail.com. 

 

 

Let’s ReWrite Africa! Don’t miss the 2016 RYVA Conference

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Hey Sparkle Writers! We’re so excited to tell you about the Raise Your Voice Africa (RYVA) conference which is aimed at moving African writers to the next level.

RYVA is a uniquely crafted celebration of African literary and cultural arts with the aim to inspire the African society to explore literary platforms to share and amplify the many stories and faces of Africa and challenge the negative stereotypes binding the continent and her peoples.

The RYVA Conference which is scheduled to hold this November is themed REWRITE Africa! The conference will attract over 300 writers, literary enthusiasts and book lovers in three key sessions including: RYVA Boot Camp (two powerful and practical writing and publishing/social media workshops), the AuthorConnect Hub (facilitating the connection between writers and literary agents, publishers and writing coaches), and un-SILENCED (a trans-continental documentary of real life African stories).

Other activities at RYVA include: Spoken word performances, an African ballet dance and live music. Over 200 authors will be trained and more than 150 aspirant authors will be connected to publishing opportunities with over 200 submissions to 20+ literary agents from the United States, publishers, charity literacy projects like WorldReader Africa, other literary and online magazines and self-publishing and digital options.

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The RYVA Conference will take place at the Conference Hall, International Student Center, University of Port Harcourt on Saturday 19th November, 2016. This is one conference you definitely do not want to miss. Click here to register.

RYVA is organized by Africa Voices Today, a non-profit group that works to change the negative mindset of Africans and break the stereotypes Africans and the rest of the world holds about Africa.

“We want to amplify more voices from our fast-changing continent because we believe that the many voices in Africa deserve to be heard if true development must occur. Our goal is to establish a collaborative platform that makes all of this possible.”

 

Apply for the 2017 Morland Scholarship for African Writers

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This is your chance to win a Scholarship of £18,000 (US $24,000) if you are a fiction writer or up to £27,000 (US$36,000) for non-fiction writers.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Morland Writing Scholarship.

To qualify for this scholarship you must either be born in Africa or have parents who were born in Africa.

However, if you were not born in Africa and only one of your parents was born in Africa, you still have a chance to qualify. All you need to do is to prove that you are a full-time African resident defined as having spent at least nine of the past twelve months in Africa.

Before you get too excited, please note that this scholarship is solely for writers who want to write a full-length book of 80,000 words or more.

If that is you, then here are the guidelines to apply for the scholarship. – 

Send via email:,

  • A sample piece of published prose between 2000 and 5000 words. This can be an individual piece or an extract from a longer work.
  • A description between 400 and 1000 words of the book project you would complete if your application is successful. This must be a new work, and not a work in progress.
  • A  brief biography of between 200 and 300 words
  • A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.

Please note, for the purpose of this scholarship published is defined as writing that has appeared in a printed book, journal or magazine that has been offered for sale.

Applications close on 31 October 2016 so send in your entry as soon as possible. 

For more information about this scholarship, please visit the Miles Morland Foundation website.