the genres. the craft. the business.

twelve hours. two saturdays. six instructors.


‘Move your writing to the next level ‘ may sound like a cliché – but that’s the reason behind these classes. Else, what’s the point?

That’s the only reason you’re attending too – the knowledge that you will get something  different and worthwhile out of it. That’s the only reason you should attend.


course breakdown

the creative life:

what does it take to come up with original ideas? are there any new stories to tell? how can I tell when my content sucks?

  • create incredible content consistently
  • know when content sucks
  • how to find your ‘why’
  • be creative and happy
  • how creativity influences personality, motivation, intelligence and talent


 meet your instructor




writing for screen:

where is Nollywood missing it? how do I write intense scenes/stories without sounding foreign? bringing Nollywood to the Oscars – how realistic?

  • storytelling – where Nollywood is missing it
  • great screenplays – focus on Quentin Tarantino
  • story first, budget later
  • bringing Nollywood to the Oscars


 meet your instructor



language and syntax

is there any such thing as ‘a perfect sentence’? what does syntax mean? what’s the difference between a comma and a semi-colon?

  • parts of speech
  • figures of speech
  • syntax
  • the perfect sentence


 meet your instructor



the art of the copy

what the hell is copy? how does copy concern me as a creative individual? is there any difference between writing for radio and writing for other mediums?

  • introducing copywriting
  • how to create great copy
  • writing for specific mediums – focus on radio
  • the headline/payoff
  • generating award-winning ideas

 meet your instructor


true fiction

does ‘writer’s block’ exist? how can I improve my narrative/narrating abilities? how do I discipline myself and stop procrastinating? how can I find my voice?

  • a myth called ‘writer’s block’
  • killing my muse
  • how to focus on what matters
  • stop procrastinating
  • generating award-winning ideas


 meet your instructor



the business of writing

does a ‘writer’ need branding? why does a storyteller need a business model? and what the hell does ‘ego’ have to do with anything?

  • The Brand called You
  • The importance of consistency in your writing
  • Strategy and Business Model Innovation
  • Networking to scale: Building relationships that will carry the weight of your vision.

meet your instructor



more details: the classes are offline at a training center with location and address to be provided for registered attendees. they will hold for two days; dates of which are yet to be announced,  and will be from 11:00am to 5:00pm daily.

An Update:

  1. Story Wars I has been pushed forward till a later date to allow us wrap up sponsorship and partnerships. We would announce the new date and venue shortly.
  2.  We are offering scholarships to a limited number of attendees.

To qualify for a slot, just send a mail containing details of who you are, what you do, what project you’re working on at the moment and why you think Story Wars I would be of benefit to your craft/cause.

All of that in less than three hundred words.

Send your entries to theunderlineacademy@gmail.com with Scholarship Application for Story Wars I in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.


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