How to Apply for 2019 Chimamanda’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop

Now in the 10th year, The Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Trust is now receiving applications for its workshop. The workshop, organized by the award winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will hold in Awka, Anambra State from December 9 to December 14, 2019. The workshop is supported by Anambra State Government.

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– Provided accommodation for all selected participants during the span of the workshop.
– A literary evening of open readings at the end of the workshop.
– Deadline for applications is November 6, 2019.

How to Apply: 

 
Send a writing sample—either prose fiction or creative non-fiction—of between 200 and 800 words.
In the body of your email, include your name, address and a brief and concise bio.
The subject of your email should be “Workshop Application”.
Submit workshop2019@purplehibiscus.org
Deadline for applications is November 6, 2019.
All selected applicants will be notified by November 24, 2019.FAQ:Workshop and Q: Is the writing sample to be pasted on the body of the email or sent as an attachment?
A: Paste your sample in the body of the email.
Q: Can you send a previously published work as writing sample?
A: Yes, you can.
Q: Who covers travel expenses for those who reside outside Nigeria?
A: We are not sure, but you can send an inquiry to workshop2019@purplehibiscus.org.
Q: How should requirements be filled?
A: Be formal. Go straight to the point. Paste your writing sample immediately after the required information (i.e. name, address, etc…)
Q: Will submissions be acknowledged?
A: We can’t say for sure about this year, but we know submissions will most likely be acknowledged.
Q: What kind of stories will make Ms. Chimamanda want you in her workshop?
A: Memorable stories. Also, stories with complex themes and rounded characters. In addition, make sure the story you are sending can be read as a standalone story.
Q: Are there age restrictions?
A: So far, there haven’t been age restrictions; writers of all ages are welcome to submit.