By Bamas Victoria
The fourth Abuja Literary and Arts Festival [ALitFest21] hosted by the Abuja Literary Society [ALS] will hold multiple workshops and a bootcamp which seeks to empower participants with skills and know-how that would led to improved writing quality, networking, publishing, earning and overall capacity building.
Sending two samples of work to firstname.lastname@example.org with the festival hashtag and preferred workshop as the subject of the mail is one of the requirements to be part of the masterclasses which are slated to hold between September 25 to October 2, 2021, which is the duration of the festival.
The workshop will hold virtually for selected participants while the bootcamp and poetry grand slam where participants will win a total of N700,000 in award and grants will take place physically in Abuja. The Grand Slam prizes are sponsored by Hamu Legal.
Participants in the Intensive Bootcamp for creatives which will cover legal issues, leveraging digital media, fundraising, story telling, pitch competition can win a total grant of N350,000 and it will hold on October 1. It is being organised with the support of Omaplex Law Firm.
The Festival Director, Teniola Tayo said the workshops were designed to help strengthen creatives.
She said, “We’ve lined up these workshops in line with our theme for this year ‘Making Art Work’. This is because we’re really passionate about helping creatives earn more from artistic pursuits. We’re grateful to our partners for making this possible.”
The writing workshop tagged “Writing for a living” which will be facilitated by writers Odafe Atogun and Alithnayn will hold on the September 27 for four hours.
On the 28, renowned poet and founder of Simply Poetry, Dike Chukwumerije will facilitate the Poetry Workshop tagged “Staging Poetry”
On 29, Writer and Story Developer, Aishat Abiri will hold the screenwriting workshop.
On the 30th Visual Artist Mayowa Alabi will hold a 2-hour creative workshop titled “How to become an NFT artist and make money”. Illustrator, Mylo Freeman, will also be taking an illustration workshop.
All the workshops will start from 11am.
Teniola called on interested persons to apply, “They should send two writing samples to email@example.com with subject ALITFEST21 Poetry Workshop or ALITFEST21 Screenwriting workshop and so on”, she explained.
The ALITFEST is an annual celebration of the arts and literature from across the country and continent, since its inception the festival has explored insightful themes; In 2018 “Nigeria to the World”, 2019 “Arts and Social Consciousness”; 2020 “The Art of Empathy” and 2021 is “Making Art Work”
Prepared by Bamas Victoria
Press Manager, ALITFEST