So, you might’ve heard about this already on Pulse, The Cable, Brittlepaper or when we tweeted about it. You might still be finding it hard to believe, and we hate to be the harbingers of bad news, but sadly it’s true: the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop is cancelled for 2017.
Here’s that word from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie herself, released to us at WordsAreWork through an inside source.
For Immediate Release
THE FARAFINA TRUST CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP 2017
I am sorry to announce that the Farafina Trust Writing Workshop will be unable to hold this year, which would have been its tenth year.
Our sponsor, Nigerian Breweries PLC (NB PLC), abruptly withdrew their sponsorship due to a need to streamline their expenditure.
NB PLC has had a half-decade relationship with the workshop and I thank them for encouraging the development of literary talent in Nigeria and Africa.
In the years since NB PLC’s involvement, many alumni have gone on to confirm the promise they showed at the workshop.
My commitment to the growth of our voices has not wavered. Nor has the commitment of those who have worked to make this decade-long endeavour the success that it has been. We will take this time off to establish a new organisation and structure that will provide a more stable foundation for the workshop and other initiatives.
From the initial reaction of potential sponsors and partners, we are optimistic about the future. My thanks and best wishes to all those who have made enquiries about applying for this year’s workshop. The workshop will be back next year.
July 4 2017
There you have it. We at WAW are just as hurt (Suyi and Febi were really looking forward to putting in this year), and we know you are too.
But cheer up! All hope is not lost, because here at WAW, we’re definitely poised to bring you at least one more #WAWFM writing class before the end of the year. Keep your ears to the ground by signing up to our monthly roundup below if you haven’t yet.
You can also cry with Suyi and Febi in the comments. They have enough plastic buckets to collect your tears.