Exploring voice in fiction with Olumide Popoola
Voice and point of view are a crucial aspect of writing memorable characters and compelling stories that spark the reader’s imagination. In this friendly online workshop multi-talented writer, speaker and performer Olumide Popoola will share techniques for honing narrative voice in your fiction.
Through a mixture of informal whole group and small group discussion, along with multiple opportunities for in-class writing time, you’ll explore the creative potential of different perspectives and how to establish a compelling voice from the very first sentence of your story. There will also be the option to share your responses to the in-class exercises with the group.
Olumide’s multi-layered novel When We Speak of Nothing was described by Bernardine Evaristo as ‘refreshingly original, energetic and ambitious storytelling. Popoola joins the ranks of the best of the powerful new voices invigorating both British and African fiction.’
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Olumide Popoola is a London-based Nigerian German writer and speaker who presents internationally. Her novella this is not about sadness was published by Unrast Verlag in 2010. Her play Also by Mail was published in 2013 by Witnessed (edition assemblage) and the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes, in 2016 by Peirene Press. Her full-length novel When we Speak of Nothing was published in the UK and Nigeria in 2017 and in 2018 in the US (Cassava Republic Press). Her publications also include critical essays and creative non-fiction, hybrid pieces and poetry.
Olumide holds a PhD in Creative Writing, a MA in Creative Writing and a BSc in Ayurvedic Medicine. She has lectured in creative writing at various universities and regularly gives workshops and masterclasses. In 2004 she won the May Ayim Award in the category Poetry. She has received grants, fellowships and residencies from Grants for the Arts/Arts Council England, UEL, Djerassi, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and Hedgebrook, amongst others. She is the initiator and leader of the Arts Council funded mentoring scheme for emerging LGBTQ+ writers, The Future is Back. Olumide is Writer in Residence at Greenwich University for 2019/20.
‘It’s not often we hear in such exacting articulation the voices of the young from behind the cranes and forklifts of London’s eternal regeneration crusade, from the wastelands of financial and political corruption, from the rubble that looks like the future.’ — Diana Evans, Financial Times
‘Refreshingly original, energetic and ambitious storytelling. Popoola joins the ranks of the best of the powerful new voices invigorating both British and African fiction.’ — Bernardine Evaristo
‘This smart novel with electric prose tells us what it means to be young, black and queer in London.’ — Elle Magazine