A Handbook For Nigerian Creative Writers

A Handbook For Nigerian Creative Writers


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The contributions in the Handbook are practical, down-to-earth, learned, but shorn of jargon, informative, and characterized by clarity and simplicity. Young writers are encouraged not to try to re-invent the wheel, but to learn from strategies and inspiration of their predecessors, old and new. Such issues as themes, narrative technique, characterization, dramatic progression, dialogue, and appropriateness of language, which many writers may be grappling with, are presented in a way that a young writer will certainly appreciate. A literary work cannot be considered good, if the language in which it is written is defective. That is why there is a chapter on the language of literature and the pitfalls of grammar, style and punctuation to avoid in writing.
The major lessons young writers are advised to take away from this Handbook are: First, they must not just put pen to paper to write; they must read widely and master the strategics of good writing. Second, they must take great care over the language of their work. It is not enough to expect that editors in the publishing houses will succeed in cleaning up all the errors in a manuscript. Third, they should not write just to be able to win a prize. If the quality of the work is good and a prize is forthcoming, this will simply be a bonus.
The Nigerian Writers' Handbook is a welcome guide to young writers and a useful book for all lovers of literature. While commending NAL on successfully carrying out the assignment given to it by the NLNG, I recommend the Handbook highly to the reading public.

Ayo Bamgbose
Foundation President, NAL

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535340885
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/17/2016
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Ayo Bamgbose - Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Ibadan and foundation President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.
Mabel Segun - Pioneer female writer and editor. She is famous for her novel, My Father's Daughter.
Munzali Jibril - Former Professor of English, Bayero University, Kano and current President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.
Akachi Ezeigbo - Professor of English, University of Lagos.
Hyginus Ekwuazi - Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan.
Ahmed Yerima -Professor of Drama, Redeemers University, Mowe.
Matthew Umukoro - Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan.
Denja Abdullahi - Creative writer and former General Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), 2005-2009.
Festus Adesanoye - Professor of Communication Arts, University of Ibadan.
Kolade Mosuro - Publisher and Managing Director, The Booksellers, Jericho, Ibadan.
Dele Layiwola - Professor, Performance and Cultural Studies, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
Dan Izevbaye - Distinguished literary critic and retired Professor of English, University of Ibadan.

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