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Helon Habila

From next Monday, applications will open for the 4th Edition of the annual Fidelity Bank Creative Writing Workshop. The workshop is a component of Fidelity’s corporate Social Responsibility, through which the bank continues to push for a better society. Participants are expected to read and discuss a wide range of fiction as well as complete short writing exercises. Entries open on Monday 18 April 2011 to Wednesday 11 May 2011. Participation in the workshop is limited to those who apply and are accepted. A public symposium featuring readings and panel discussions will be held on the last day of the workshop.

To apply, send an e-mail to: Creative.writing@fidelitybankplc.com
Your e-mail should bear the title – “Workshop Application”
The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
1. Your name
2. Your address
3. A few sentences about yourself (not more than 50 words)
4. A writing sample of between 200 – 1000 words

Please note that the workshop is purely meant for fiction writers. Any entry that does not fall into this category will be automatically rejected. Acceptance will be based on quality of the entry. The entry must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Do NOT send any attachments. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified. If accepted, you will be notified by June 10, 2011.

About the Facilitators:
Helon Habila
• 1st Nigerian winner of the Caine Prize (2001)
• Winner, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2003)
• 1st Chinua Achebe Fellow, Bard College, Hudson, New York
• Author, Waiting for an Angel (2002); Measuring Time (2007)
• Professor of Creative Writing, George Mason University, Virginia, USA

Diana Evans
• Inaugural winner of Orange Prize for Fiction
• Betty Trask Award Winner for her first novel, 26a
• Guardian First Book Award nominee
• Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel of the Year Award
• Works have been translated into twelve languages across the world

Jamal Mahjoub
• Winner of Premio Mario Vargas Llosa NH de Relatos 2006
• Has taught at the Caine Prize Workshops for the past five years
• Works have been translated into a dozen languages across the world
• Author of seven critically acclaimed novels

*Reference: The Guardian Newspaper_ Friday, April 15, 2011
**CORRECTION: I just found out e-mail addresses are case sensitive. I have just changed the lower case ‘c’ for ‘creative’ in the contact e-mail address for submissions above into an upper case “C”. Hope that works now. Sorry for any inconveniences. Cheers!