Today was the Free Writing Prose Workshop which took place at the French Institute Abuja by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Elnathan John. It was actually advertised HERE and I got the invite. Trust me, i carried my Amebo self. Surely, Got some few photos. There were series of exercises from both Abubakar and John ranging from writing a Two Hundred and Fifty (250) words Story in less than 10 mins, creating a three (3) sentence story that reflects a mood, building a character, etc. Believe me, creativity was made alive by some of the participants.
Elnathan John, a satirist and lawyer, is a full-time writer who writes for Metropole Magazine and Sunday Trust newspaper. His fiction has been published in Per Contra, ZAM Magazine, Sentinel Nigeria and Otis Nebula. His non-fiction has been published in Evergreen review and several Nigerian publications online and in print. Two of his stories appear in the 2013 Caine Prize for African writing anthology. He was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize. Currently he has completed a collection of short stories and will have a book of non-fiction satire out, early 2014. He has taught writing as a guest lecturer at the American University, Yola and the Kaduna State University, Kaduna.
He's the one on Blue T-shirt.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is an award-winning writer and journalist. The author of the collection of short stories The Whispering Trees published by Parressia publishers in 2012, Ibrahim is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow and won the BBC African Performance Prize in 2007. He is the arts editor of Sunday Trust newspaper. Two of his stories appear in the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, one of which got him shortlisted for the Caine Prize this year. He has finished work on a new novel which will be out, early 2014.
He's wearing a black shirt standing (from the right)
Kudos to Abubakar and John. we wish them all the best.