Quramo opens call for QFest 2019 writing workshop

Toni Kan

Organisers of the inaugural Quramo Festival of Words (QFest 2019) have made an open call for participation in a writing workshop to be facilitated by writers Toni Kan and Eghosa Emasuen.

Kan is the award-winning author of Nights of the Creaking Bed and The Carnivorous City while is the co-founder of Narrative Landscapes Publishing.


Organised by Quramo Publishing, the workshop will hold on Saturday, 14 December as a capacity-building component of QFest 2019.

With the title The Writing Business 101: Writing – Publishing – Rights, the workshop will be in three sessions.

Kan will facilitate the writing session, breaking down what it means to write and write well while Emasuen will facilitate the publishing session which will give participants a handle on what is required to become a published author.

The two and an IP lawyer will take part in an interactive panel discussion around the theme.


Interested participants are required to send a 200-word essay with the theme “5 reasons why I want to attend the QFest Writing workshop” to info@quramo.com.

“Selection will be on a first-come-first-served basis, and only 30 slots are available. Participants will receive certificates of participation,” organisers said.

QFest 2019 will run from December 13 to 15 and will feature workshops, panel discussions, documentary screenings, open mic sessions and more.


Winner of the Quramo Writers’ Prize (QWP) 2019 will be announced at the grand finale on Sunday, December 15 at Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos.

A shortlist of 15 has been announced with names like Oyedeji Emmanuel Toluwani, Up Nepa; Jaiyeola Temitayo Tomiwa, I’ll be Fine; Golbador Joseph, Let Me Paint You a Picture; Amaranjo Chigozie, Nigerian Dream; Osuizugbe Adaeze Maureen, This Thing Called Marriage, and Oni Oluwaseyi Faith, 30 Days To Seventeen.


Others are: Owoyemi Olorunfemi Akinade, The Familiar Jungle Called Life; Udochukwu, Everest C, The Shades of a thing Ugly; Oluwaseyi Adebola, A Cluster of Petals; Obinna Tony-Francis Ochem, Deep Ocean; Wawira Thatiah, Guilty; Joan Ikem Cynthia Chinenyenwa, Twenty Sixty-One; Ikechukwu Nwaogu, The Book of Lost Words; Vivian Onyekachi Ibe, What Dreams are Made of, and Cynthia Nnadi Nnenna, Red Grasses and Forbidden Quests.