SBMEN’s 2020 Creative Writing Workshop For Women Is Supported By Ford Foundation / How To Apply
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SBMEN’s 2020 Creative Writing Workshop For Women Is Supported By Ford Foundation / How To Apply

Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is proud to announce its Virtual Creative Writing Workshop for young female writers.  

The aim of the SBMEN Creative Writing Workshop For Women  is to:

  • enhance the skills and talent of female writers;
  • explore the literary works of inspiring female writers
  • and provide a platform for female writers to creatively express themselves.

No enrollment fee or application fee is required is required.

Eligibility Guidelines and Target Audience for the SBMEN Creative Writing Workshop For Women

They are interested in enrolling 20 female writers who are willing to hone their craft.

You can apply:

  • If you’re female.
  • If you’re between the ages of 18 and 30 years,
  • If you write fiction, non-fiction, and cover culture journalism and new media.
  • If you’ll be available to participate in the literary workshop.
  • There are no geographical restrictions.

Everything You Need To Know About The SBMEN Women’s Creative Writing Workshop.

The workshop will hold over four days from Monday 23 November to 26 November 2020.

It will consist of several sessions with the facilitators online. The workshop will be delivered through:

  • discussions,
  • writing exercises,
  • and guided readings.

The last session will be the guest session with an accomplished writer or publisher from Africa.

SBMEN Writing Workshop

Submission Guidelines for the SBMEN Writing Workshop 

To qualify to join the workshop:

  • Submit an unpublished 1000-word flash fiction or nonfiction piece for consideration.
  • Submission deadline is Saturday 7 November 2020.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 11 November 2020

Submission Guidelines For The SBMEN Women’s Creative Writing Workshop:

  • Please send the following materials in a MS WORD document to
  •  Ensure that the subject head is: Workshop Writing Submission:
  • Your writing sample should be an unpublished work in fiction and nonfiction, but not children’s fiction. 
  • Include at the top of the Word document your name, contact address, email and phone number.
  • Manuscript Formatting Guidelines: Times New Roman size 12 font, black, 2.0 spacing.
  • Include a biography of not more than 100 words.
  • Include a 200-word personal statement on why you want to participate in this workshop.

Facilitators for the SBMEN Women’s Creative Writing Workshop.

  • Dzekashu Macviban, writer and publisher of the award-winning magazine, Bakwa and Bakwa Books from Cameroon.
  • Zukiswa Wanner, award winning novelist, journalist and editor from South Africa
  • Enajite Efemuaye, writer and managing editor of Farafina books from Lagos.


Awards for Writers Who Participate In This Creative Writing Workshop:

Participants will be awarded:

  • a “Certificate of Attendance” after the writing workshop.
  • Also, next year, they will receive a free published “SBMEN Writer’s Handbook” a culmination of the workshop courses that will contain lessons and exercises to help with their continuous education to improve their writing.

This workshop is supported by Ford Foundation.

To increase your chances of getting into this highly selective workshop,

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