Yenagoa—St. Theresa Magazine has flagged off its 2023/2024 Impact Outreach with the theme “Appraising the Aesthetics of a Reading Culture in Nigeria”.
The magazine in collaboration with Theresa Ebi Tobuyei, author of GASP, a widely read book, hosted a one-day creative writing workshop tagged “Creative Writing 1.0.”
Organised for senior secondary students, the workshop had over 100 students in attendance at St. Jude’s Girls Secondary School Amarata, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The first session of the workshop which appraised literature and its relevance was anchored by Jessica Beke-ere Godspower, who is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur, and the proprietor of Jeviz Finery.
The second session was led by Theresa wherein she took the students on the preliminaries of creative writing.
The celebrated female writer reminded the students of the relevance of reading especially as they proceed on vacation.
Speaking to our reporter shortly after the event, Theresa explained that the programme was launched to “groom young persons especially teens in Nigeria particularly the South of Nigeria into embracing reading, creativity and innovation.”
She explained that she wants to see young Bayelsans taking the front row in the creative world.
The author, who recently issued a license to a movie production company in Lagos, Nigeria for an adaptation of her debut novel, also appreciated the management of the school and students for helping to make the event a success.
Several students who participated in the event thanked the organizers for inspiring them through the event, admitting that their love for writing and literature has been given the needed boost.
The events ended with Theresa distributing copies of her book, other literary works as well as writing materials to the students.
She further announced that another seminar that will focus on practicalising the theory of creative writing will soon be held.
The event was anchored by Smith Livinus-Agala, Esq.