In collaboration with SprinNG, a literary organization which promotes West African literature through a handful of projects, the Nigerian writer Kanyinsola Olorunnisola will host a free, online-only MFA Orientation Session to which all African writers are invited.
The purpose of the event is to pull back the curtains on the MFA application process, narrate the experiences of African writers who have gone through it, and aim to answer the impossible question: Do African writers need MFAs?
Olorunnisola, a co-founder of SprinNG and an MFA student at the University of Alabama, will be moderating a panel which includes Agbowo editor, Iowa MFA grad, and Stegner Fellow Adedayo Agarau (University of Iowa, Stanford University), Iquo DianaAbasi (University of Alabama), Nkiacha Atemnkeng (Texas State University), and Ucheoma Onwutuebe (University of Nevada).
“The point of the event is to destroy the mystery surrounding the MFA life and give people room to ask any questions they might have,” Olorunnisola said in an email. “I have realized that American writers have several resources guiding them through this and we have absolutely none. I know a lot of writers have questions, and who better to answer them than people who are actually in the system?”
The event is slated for Saturday, 15 July at 04:00 PM West Africa Time.
Anyone can register for free here.
Interested participants will be sent the link days before the event. Slots are limited and all are urged to register on time.