TFP’s Young Writers Network begins internships

Two lecturers, Toni Kan and Olu Jacob, arriving for classes

The Young Writers Network Creative Classes, presented by The Future Project (TFP), has moved to the next stage of its first session, with the students now interning at various media houses across the country.

“The past weeks have been amazing,” said Chude Jideonwo, Creative Director of TFP, which is also the organiser of The Future Awards. “The spread of students has been impressive – young people working in the creative industries, financial sector, oil and gas, those who are sticking with the arts, all coming together in an intellectually charged environment to improve their talent: it has been very refreshing. The lecturers are also a pool of the very best in the business, and, most remarkably, they are doing this pro bono – all committed to helping the next generation of writers.”

The project, with the theme ‘So you think you can write?’, lasts a period of three months – April to June. The first month is for lectures, the second month for internships and then the final month of lectures.

Facilitators for the session include Jeremy Weate (Publisher, Cassava Republic), Toni Kan (Author, Night of the Creaking Beds), Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo-Adimora (Former HOD, English Department, UNILAG), Nkiru Asika (Director, Storm 360), Tolu Ogunlesi (CNN Africa Journalist Awards Winner), Olu Jacob (Standards Editor, NEXT), Tunde Aladese (Script Editor, Tinsel on Mnet), and Muhtar Bakare (Publisher, Farafina). There will also be two special interactive sessions handled by award winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the chairman of The Guardian’s Editorial Board, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Topics the students have dealt with in the past month include ‘How do you know you are a writer? ‘Making your editor happy’, and ‘Practical ways to improve your talent/skill’.

The internship period begins on Tuesday May 4 and ends Monday May 31. The companies where the students will intern are a wide range of writing interests including newspaper houses, business and lifestyle magazines, TV and movie production houses, PR/Advertising outfits, theatre companies, online magazines and publishing companies.

“We are glad to be able to break this new ground,” Jideonwo said. “To go beyond just the writing workshops, to get them to work in a range of media houses and other organisations fitting their interests – applying what they have learnt and seeing processes work. The students are very excited about this, and we are very grateful that we could get the leading organisations in the nation’s creative industries to partner with us to make that happen.”

The partner organizations for the internships are: NEXT Newspapers, True Love West Africa, TW, The Independent, The Quadrant Company, Brand Believers, 141 Worldwide, RedSTRAT, Farafina, Made, Takaii, Encomium, Hi Magazine, Business Eye, FAB, Soundcity Blast, Jus’ Kiddin, bellanaija.com, 360nobs.com, thenetng.com, Storm 360, Nigezie, Theatre@Terra, Emem Isong Productions and Amaka Igwe Productions.

The three-month Creative Classes are part of The Future Project’s year-round trainings for young people in different sectors, all in its mission to practically empower and equip young Nigerians, with an eye on building capacity for entrepreneurship.

Other trainings under the programme include The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TF-ESS), which first session ended in March, as well as the upcoming Screen (TV & Movies) trainings and the Social Enterprise trainings.

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