Writing Short Stories with Irenosen Okojie
Famed for her ‘surreal, brave, ambitious, extraordinary’ (Sunny Singh, Jhalak Prize Judge) style of writing, Irenosen Okojie is a modern master of the short story. Join her in this day-long workshop to learn how she creates rich, multi-layered worlds packed with imagery and imagination – all within a taut and contained form. Through a mix of informal discussion and writing exercises, you will explore the key components of short story writing and discover practical techniques that will breathe life into your ideas.
‘Okojie delves into the painful, the unsayable, the unknowable. Her prose is precise and illuminating […] These stories certainly roar.’ – Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize winner 2019
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Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally. Her debut novel, Butterfly Fish, published by Jacaranda Books won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award. Her short story collection, Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. Irenosen has been a judge for The Society of Authors, The London Short Story Prize, The Royal Society of Literature, the Berlin Writing Prize and Henley Literary Festival. Her latest book of short stories, Nudibranch, was published by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books in 2019, named a Must-Read Book of 2019 by The Guardian, and championed by Margaret Atwood as a wild, recommended read. Her novel Curandera will be published by Dialogue in 2020. Irenosen is a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature, the first Writer in Residence for Words of Colour, and lives in east London. Website
‘One of the most original and innovative writers to emerge in many a year’ – Alex Wheatle MBE