3 STORY E-BOOKS FREE DOWNLOAD AND THE GRADUATION OF THE SECOND EDITION OF THE DE-RACONTEUR WRITERS’ COLLEGE GIST.
The second set of the De-Raconteur Writers’ College graduated yesterday, yaaaaay!
Last year, we had the first graduation with 24 students. And this generation had about 55 students.
The course ended some months ago but the college wouldn’t allow these wonderful students go easily until they had their projects submitted and had a wonderful ceremonious graduation.
Each of the students bagged a ‘Diploma in Christian Creative Writing.’
It was a period of learning, unlearning and relearning for them all. Teaching these ready vessels for God was amazing and I personally learnt a lot from them all.
The writing course which was held online, WhatsApp to be precise had two people from the United States of America, a person from Namibia and all others from Nigeria. The peculiarity of this set is enormous.
We for instance had a mum in our class- Queen Rhema from the USA. She was glad to be in our midst, she was a very wonderful student, jovial and ready to learn. She is a mum to us all yet she was a very cooperative student. She even went all the way to register for a private writing course with the college at the end of the whole class. What a wonderful woman! Thank you Faith Enayeh for bringing mummy along!
Another peculiar point to note is that we had a twelve (12) year old girl, Areo Ruth Oluwaseyi in our class! She learnt the courses meant for adults and fortunately and surprisingly, this girl was part of the people who led the class!
These peculiarities make it obvious that the De-Raconteur Writers’ College is efficient for both the young and the old.
With adequate notes and audios, some of the topics on writing which were taught extensively are:
- Conflict development
- Conflict resolution
- And so on.
The best graduating students of the class got an extra certificate (Of excellence) asides the normal certificate of completion. They also had their wonderful stories published as an e-book by the college.
The best graduating students with their scores and stories are:
- Chiamaka Oji 75% (Download her free e-book THE MARCH here)
- Faith Enayeh 75% (Download her free e-book ‘PRESSED’ here)
- Areo Ruth 72% (Download her free e-book ‘RISEN HOPES’ here)
Their stories each got an award from the college:
Chiamaka Oji: The Bests of The Raconteur’s Collections Award 2019
Faith Enayeh: The Bests of The Raconteur’s Collections Award 2019
Areo Ruth: The De-Raconteur Young Creative Writer’s Award
Another person who was awarded for his doggedness, commitment and hard work is Ashibogwu Salt Emmanuel. He was also one of the best graduating students last year. ‘The Most Committed Student of the Year’ award was his. God bless you and make you flourish in His Kingdom, brother.
At the graduation, Chiamaka Oji, one of the Valedictorians also delivered a speech. You can read below:
My fellow raconteurs,
We’re about to be wheeled out of this theater.
But the memories built up here, I know, is something we’ll always reminisce.
I remember one of the classworks we were given- Pronounce “raconteur”.
The voice notes poured in, one after the other… Different pronunciations… Different voices. Our cheeks swelled with laughter. (You needed to hear mine.)
But that’s one of the things that spice up life.
Different people coming together to blend our voices, after a series of practices and rehearsals… We march to life’s stage and fill the class with melodious writings.
That “harmony” is one thing we enjoyed. There was no “Who do you think you are?” There was no “What is she saying?”
We all cheered and supported everyone.
I’m glad and grateful to connect with you all.
Mr Salt, you’ve been a “big bros” and loyal leader. You added salt to our pot of soup. Bravo, bro. My lady, miss Faith, your sonorous voice and the way you re-iterated the notes made by our coach, pulling out the points and hitting them – they made the lessons sink in. Victor, Temitayo, Mary, Crown of Glory… I’ll weary this paper by mentioning all your names. You all are awesome.
This team spirit is something we need to “carry on”, and I’m so glad De Raconteurs Club is here. What a place it will be.
Like the saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
I bet you don’t want to run “fast” into oblivion. This great club opening at our doorstep is one way to go far together. Put your nose into it.
Talking about “nose”… At the beginning of the training, our dear coach mentioned something around it: “You want to be a writer, you have to be very nosy – ask questions, find answers”.
That reminds me of what the legendary writer, Stephen King, said: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” (If you find a shortcut, kindly let us know. Thank you).
To our phenomenal coach, mama Lizzy:
I’ll miss her thundering voice and sweet spirit. You’ve been awestruck by her voice, right? It sure uproots mediocre writing and burns it off. You all agree with me. If not, how will a jellyfish, no-fiction-writer like me write fiction that is readable and (to my amazement) ‘rewardable’?
She knows her onions. Not just that, she slices it in a way that will “pepper your eyes” and cause you to “have an eagle’s eye” like she always say.
We are grateful, coach.
Of course, we can’t forget Mr. Yaks, your dear husband. Your role in making our training a huge success screams from the background. Thank you, sir.
Before I drop my pen, let me leave you with a statement my dad once told me:
“Don’t forget your name.”
Yes, fellow graduands – don’t forget your name.
You are a raconteur. A raconteur for Christ.
Live it out!
Write it out!
Show, don’t tell. (You can hear mama Lizzy’s voice thunder that. Don’t forget it.)
Such a wonderful speech from a sweet soul! You can also check out her blog at- girlsradiantwalk.com
De-Raconteur Writers’ College has also to the glory of God birthed a club which is kicking off on the 30th October, 2019. De-Raconteur Writers’ Club is a special gathering for influential writers.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DE-RACONTEUR WRITERS’ CLUB:
- It will be launched on the 30th October 2019.
- It is going to be an avenue for readers and writers to connect.
- It will be an avenue for us all to read good books.
- It will be an avenue for us, bloggers especially to be abreast of information regarding blogging generallyat no or subsidized price.
- It will be an avenue for us to healthily compete in order to test our abilities.
- It is going to be a club full of so many tasks and challenges which will enable us to be really consistent writers!
- It promises so much more.
- Past students of the college who are interested will be admitted into the club FOR FREE while non-students who want to be a part will pick up a form for a thousand naira only. To be a part, send your written interest to firstname.lastname@example.org before the launching date.
Read SOME testimonials of our students below:
Lastly, do you want to be a part of the next class of the college?
The next class of the college:
- Will commence on the 3rd, December to 31st, December, 2019 (Two weeks intensive lectures plus two weeks of marking and graduation)
- Send 5000 naira only to 0701105202 Access Bank PLC (Without Diamond)
- Send an evidence of payment to 09056404048 declaring your interest for the course.
ALSO, THE CHRISTIAN STORYTELLERS CONFERENCE HOLDS NEXT SATURDAY, 26TH, OCTOBER, 2019. IT IS FOR ALL CHRISTIAN WRITERS WHO WISH TO CHARGE THEIR BRAINS AND CONNECT WITH OTHER WRITERS. See the flier below for more information. You can also further read about it here.
THANK YOU FOR READING MY GIST. I TRUST YOU ENJOYED YOURSELF. KINDLY LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW.