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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Register your child for the 5th edition Teecoks writing competition

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It’s at that time of the year again where Teecoks writing competition for secondary school students occurs. It’s a writing competition organised by Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative, founded by Dr.Towunmi Coker.  The desire is to promote reading and writing culture among students. The aim is to inspire, develop, promote and support students in Nigerian Secondary Schools who have flair for writing and generally impact its environment through literature.

It is driven towards promoting our own culture, reading and writing culture in our environment. The initiative began with Teecoks writing competition among secondary school students in Lagos State in 2013 which aims at improving the writing skills of the younger generation of Nigerians, exposure to technology which can further improve them to modern skills of writing and introduce them to the world as young writers.

The desire for this came from her own courage to continue to write after winning ANA/NECO (Association of Nigerian Authors/National Examination Council) 2007 as a secondary school student. Therefore, she wanted other students who love to write, not to stop writing but develop their gift, talent and flair for writing.

This fifth edition just like every edition of Towunmi Coker Literary Initiative writing competition promises to be exciting. There is a fiction writing competition and a poetry competition with a theme on ‘Flipping the scripts: An Unemployment story’ Participants are to submit a creative work of fiction with a story directed on Turning the tide of unemployment in not more than 1000 words and poetry in not more than 30lines. Multiple entries are not allowed. Entries are expected from September as schools resume with a deadline on Friday 10th November 2017. Schools that would be willing to participate but don’t get a letter from TCLI can contact them through their website, phone numbers and social media platforms. All winners qualify for a writing masterclass from sparklewriters. YetundeSarumi Collection; an African inspired fashion clothing is also supporting this writing competition encouraging students that they can be whoever they want to be. Emphasising the importance of an education while pursing your passion and letting students know both is possible. YS and TCLI earlier in the year organised entrepreneurship seminars for schools were a good number of students got empowered.

Check out the amazing prizes to be won!

FOR FICTION

1st Prize – Cash prize + a Tablet, five Nigerian novels, T-shirts, Hoody Jacket, biros, school pack etc

2nd Prize – A Tablet, four Nigerian novels, T-shirts, Hoody Jacket, biros, cup, a school pack etc

3rd Prize – A Tablet, Three Nigerian novels,T-shirts, Hoody Jacket, biros, cup, a school pack etc

4th-10th Prizes – Two Nigerian novels, Hoody Jacket, T-shirts, biros, cup, school pack etc

FOR POETRY

1st Prize- A Tablet, Nigerian Novels, T-shirt, Hoody/Sweat Jacket, Biros, School pack, etc

2nd – 5th – Nigerian Novels, T-shirt, Sweat/Hoody Jacket, Biros, School pack, etc

The school that produces the first prize winner will be presented with a Printer and other prizes

All participating schools also get certificates

It is an interesting competition, so if you love to write and you are a secondary school student, inform your schools and send your entries. Schools interested should also feel free to participate.  Every participating school also gets something.

We’ve had a diversity of winners over the years and we love that so many young people love to write and are even interested in receiving more this year. All secondary schools in Lagos qualify.

We’ll like to emphasize that this is a creative writing story and so plagiarised works are illegal. All submitted entries have to be pure works of the students.

We are empowering with fingers. We are promoting reading and writing culture among youths.

These are the names of Past First Prize Winners:

SadikuFeyipitan                                    Maryland Comprehensive School

EjikemeChidimma                                Anglican Comprehensive High School, Ipaja, Lagos

AbdulfattahNusayabah                        International School Lagos (ISL)

IbukunoluwaAdddy                              Chrisland College Idimu

 

This writing event may just be for you

Sparkle Writers, we are fulfilling our promise to bring you wholesome information when it comes to writing. 

The Writing events section is one that keeps you updated on relevant programs or seminars for your writing growth. 

Here’s an event you should plan to attend. 

The Baking Bread Training 

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If you have always wanted to learn how to write scripts for television this is your opportunity. 

A group of amazing people have put this together and we think you should try it if this is something you’ve always wanted to learn. 

The seminar would hold September 1st 2017 by 10am- 1pm 

The cost of the event is N10, 000 for bookings call 08108044715. 

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. 

Hello fiction writers! You should register for the WAW Fiction Masterclass

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There’s nothing like a good story. We think everyone can agree with this but we also know that writing a good story can sometimes be difficult. We have something that can help and we think you should know about.

It’s The WAW Fiction Masterclass! This is a one-day intensive writing class, that will teach you how to build fully formed fictional characters and bring them to life on the page by revealing them to readers with time-tested techniques.

Do you know what the best part is? The training is FREE!

To apply for this training,

  • Send a mail to masterclass@wordsarework.com with the subject: “WAW FM Application: [Your full name]” (e.g. WAW FM Application: John Doe)
  • The email should contain your name, contact details (email and mobile number), age (if you don’t mind) and location.
  • Submit up to 300 words of fiction you’ve written (published or unpublished). It could be a complete story, a vignette or a portion of a story or book. Copy and paste in the email (no attachments).
  • Below your writing sample, include a brief statement of purpose (100 words, max) statingyour reason for applying to this masterclass and what you plan to do with the knowledge you gain.

There are only 20 seats available so start sending your submissions now. Application closes before midnight of Sunday 18 September, 2016.  For more information, click here.