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 

20482024_258825387941593_3262164069473320960_n

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

20180678_288924894849054_335041619847806976_n.jpg

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

 

20181104_250945008756764_868765398856630272_n

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. 

Chronicles of a Writer – From being clueless to becoming an intern

img_4728

Hello Sparkle Writers! Welcome to another installment of the Chronicles of a Writer series. Today, I am going to tell you how my interview went with the second partner of YNaija. If you haven’t been following the series, please read the previous posts so that you can have a better understanding of the events I will narrate today.

After being shocked at the news that I passed the first interview (really wasn’t expecting that), I hurried to send Tara an update. She was happy. She asked about TW but I didn’t hear back from them. I wasn’t worried about it because I was very close to starting an internship at YNaija.

Again, I didn’t really know how to prepare. So I spent hours going through the YNaija website just to familiarise myself with all they do. I was already hooked on their 30 Days 30 Voices series but I didn’t read other things on their site. The day of the interview came and I got to the office early. After a while, Mr Jideonwo came out with one of his staff and I accompanied them to another location. That was where the interview was conducted. It really wasn’t a typical interview. It was more of a conversation with lots of laugher. Anyone who has met Mr Jideonwo will know that he has a bubbly personality.

After talking for an hour or so, and I also watched him conduct other YNaija related business, he asked me to start the next day. I wasn’t expecting to start so soon! But I couldn’t say no so I just smiled and thanked him for the opportunity. He told me that although the internship was unpaid, I would be getting a monthly stipend to cover my transportation costs. I was really grateful for this because I knew my mum would not be impressed with this step I was taking and asking her for money would have been a totally bad idea.

When I left the venue of the interview that day my mind was racing. “Are you really ready for this?” I didn’t know what to expect but I knew life as I knew it was about to change. When I got home, I immediately sent Tara an update and she was very happy. I look back now and I am really grateful for the step she took. She monitored the entire process until I actually got the internship.

Now that I had the internship in the bag, I had to prepare for my first day at work. As you can guess, I didn’t know how to prepare but I got my clothes ready as well as my writing journal and a pen. Resumption time was 8 am and I think I got to the office around 7. 30 am. I had to wait until the Sub-Editor arrived and she took me to the HR Officer who briefed me about the terms and conditions of my employment. I was taken round the office and was introduced to the other staff. After all that was done, it was show time!

How did I cope on my first day at work? Did the skills I had back then measure up to what was required to become a successful commercial writer? You’ll find out next week.

Chronicles of a Writer – How I almost threw away a golden opportunity

10931484_10155320342110727_2637473918656499469_n

Hello Sparkle Writers. I have been bombarded with requests to tell people how the story continues. “Wait until Wednesday,” I kept saying. I’m glad Wednesday is finally here. Although I’m afraid the requests will continue after this piece. Oh well.

Let’s get into today’s story. So I finally had my interview scheduled with one of the Managing Partners (MP) of Red Media (the umbrella group which YNaija is a part of). I arrived very early for interview; more than an hour early I think. I didn’t really prep much for this interview because I didn’t think it was going to be a serious matter compared to going for an interview at Deloitte or McKinsey for example.

After waiting patiently, I was ushered in to the MP’s office. Now I don’t usually do this but for some reason I sat down before the man asked me to sit. Oh I heard the word of my life. Even the look he gave me could kill. “Did I ask you to sit down” he asked as he looked up from his laptop. By the way, this was the first time he actually looked at me since I got into his office. It was like he was doing his best to ignore me. I apologized of course and he asked me to sit down while he went back to face his laptop.

His first question threw me off balance. “Why are you wearing all black?” “What does that have to do with anything,” I said to myself. I couldn’t think of an answer so I said the first thing that came to my head. It was the week after the Dana crash had happened so I said I was wearing black as a way of paying my last respect to the victims. “So you’re the type that is moved by emotions?” He said this with a look of disappointment on his face. “God, what is all this?” I said something. I cannot remember what I said exactly.

The MP went on to ask me questions about the Dana crash. What was my first reaction to the news? I think I said “What was the cause” to which he replied; “So you will not even be bothered if you know anyone on the flight?” You can tell that this interview was not going well right. And the MP was asking me all these questions while working on his laptop. Honestly, I don’t know when I started laughing. The questions were ridiculous. He asked about my fashion sense, how long I handle betrayal and rude people and so many other interesting questions.

When he was done, he looked up from his laptop and he just looked like he was not pleased. “We’ll get back to you Miss Jaiyesimi.” I got up as fast as I could…I really needed to get out of there. Before I left he said “I hope you know that we don’t pay our interns?” I told him it was fine even though I wasn’t sure how that will work out for me. I really didn’t want any prolonged discussion.

I remember leaving the office that day thinking to myself, “What just happened?” It felt like a dream. Maybe it was the interview before the real interview. I got home and told my brother that I didn’t get the job. I narrated the whole story to him. “Maybe he was in a bad mood” my brother said. I shrugged. All that was on my mind was how I was going to tell Tara that I bungled an opportunity that was given to me effortlessly.

Just before I could send a message to Tara, I received a call from the Sub-Editor. “Congratulations Doyin. You passed the interview.” “Wait what? Which interview? How?” She then told me how they had interviewed tons of crappy candidates and the MP did his best to throw me off balance to see how I would respond. “You kept your cool and answered the questions professionally,” the Sub-Editor said. I was speechless. I definitely wasn’t expecting that.

The next step was for me to go for an interview with the second Managing Partner, Chude Jideonwo. Something unexpected happened during that interview. You know you have to wait until next week to find out what happened right? 🙂 Thank you for reading!

#WriterSpotlight-Sometimes getting the finished product out is almost always torture

IMG_4602.JPG

” You should always say what you want to say, not what you mean to say or what they expect you to say.”

Welcome to another #WriterSpotlight feature. Wilfred is one honest and down to earth writer, you will love his interview with us.

Hello, please introduce yourself.

My name is Wilfred Okiche. I am a medical doctor by day and a writer by night. Scratch that, I also write during the days and practice medicine at nights too I’ll have to look for a sexier way of expressing myself.

Why did you choose to write or what led you to writing?

I have always been a reader and writing naturally came after but if you mean professionally then the answer would be failure. I was in 5th year medical school and was repeating this course. I had some months to prepare for this exam again and I suddenly realized I had a lot of time on my hands. I spoke to a friend who spoke to a friend and hence my internship at a media house (RED media) began. Everything else followed. Before that it was the usual (unbearably cheesy) Facebook notes and stuff.

What is your most challenging moment as a writer?

Sitting down to do the damn writing. Sometimes I can see the finished product in my head but getting it out is almost always torture.

Can you share any lesson you have learnt from writing?

You should always say what you want to say, not what you mean to say or what they expect you to say. I also learnt that writing pays crap, especially at entry level.

Can you tell us your most rewarding moment as a writer?

I don’t know that I have any particular moment but getting feedback by people who get it is always pleasing. Getting paid well too helps.

If you didn’t become a writer what else would you have done?

I’ll be in some teaching hospital toiling away at a residency programme.

Have you ever been rejected as a writer and how did you handle it?

Yes. I dismiss them as idiots and convince myself how awesome I am. Then I come down to earth, take the comments seriously and start to correct what I need to correct.

Will you ever retire from writing?

I suppose. Maybe not. Who truly knows these things?

What do you do in your leisure time?

I barely have any but I try to catch up on movies and TV series. There is so much to see and I fear that I will die before seeing all the films/TV I want to see. I also read books and magazines. Not as much as before but I try.

What would you pick;

Continental Food or African Delicacy? African

R&B or Hip/hop? R&B

Fiction or poetry? Fiction of course. Eewww! at poetry

Fashion or music? Music

Do you have a writing mentor?If yes why?

I guess it would have to be my boss, Mr Chude Jideonwo. He directed me towards the kind of writing I currently put out and pointed me towards the material I should be reading. I still read everything he publishes and I don’t think I have met a finer editor of my work. I will also read anything A.O Scott of the New York Times writes and every page of Vanity Fair

Your best article or story so far?

This is where I say I love all my stories and cannot choose but I recall a long read I did about a year ago on the Half of a Yellow Sun movie and I always come back to it for some reason.

Any last words for upcoming writers?

Keep reading, keep writing. One day it will all make sense.