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Creative Writing Workshop with Sule Emmanuel Egya

20/06/2024, 10:00 - 15:00, Essen

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In this creative writing workshop with the renowned Nigerian writer and scholar Sule Emmanuel Egya, students have the unique opportunity to acquire skills or hone their skills in the craft of writing poetry and fiction. An introductory theoretical session will concentrate on the art of poetry and the art of fiction in which participants will discuss the components and techniques of poetry and of fiction respectively. In the following practical session, each participant will choose one of the two genres that appeals to them and write a draft, present it and receive feedback.

The workshop will be conducted by Sule Emmanuel Egya (with the pen-name E. E. Sule), a writer and African literature scholar from Nigeria who is currently a Senior Fellow at the College for Social Sciences and Humanities. It addresses students at UA Ruhr universities who are interested in writing poetry and fiction and are looking for an opportunity to hone their skills.

At the end of the writing workshop participants are expected to

  • have knowledge of the components of fiction and poetry
  • understand the techniques of writing fiction and poetry
  • acquire basic skills or hone their skills in the craft of poetry and fiction
  • produce a draft of a poem or a piece of fiction
  • get robust feedback on their creative output

The workshop is an outcome of a collaboration with the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Reading and Book Chat

After the workshop, a reading session and book chat with Sule Emmanuel Egya will take place at the café Die Brücke on the university campus Essen. He will read from his first novel “Sterile Sky”, for which he received the Commonwealth Book Prize Africa Region in 2013, and from his unpublished poetry collection.

Sule Emmanuel Egya is a writer of fiction and poetry, publishing under the pen-name E. E. Sule, and a professor of African Literature and Environmental Humanities at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University in Lapai, Nigeria. He is the author of the novels “Sterile Sky” (winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize Africa Region, 2013) and “Makwala” (winner of the ANA Prose Prize, 2019), and of the poetry collection “What the Sea Told Me” (winner of the ANA Gabriel Okara Prize, 2009). His research interests include literature and environment, African migration writing, knowledge production in Africa, and decolonial discourse. His current research examines environmental imagination in African 20th century literature.
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The number of participants is limited. Please register by 19 June, 12 pm.



The workshop will take place at the University of Duisburg-Essen, campus Essen, room R12 R00 B02.


10:00–12:00 Workshop part 1

12:00–13:00 lunch break

13:00–15:00 – Workshop part 2


16:30–17:30 – Reading session and book chat (at café "Die Brücke")