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|The Future Of Creative Writing With Freedom Of Information (FOI) By Femi Omoniyi by synw: 2:39pm On Feb 20, 2023
THE FUTURE OF CREATIVE WRITING WITH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (FOI) BY FEMI OMONIYI BS(BUILDING) MBA, MNIOB
BEING A PAPER PRESENTED AT THE FEBRUARY READING OF THE OSUN STATE CHAPTER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS (ANA), OSOGBO BY FEMI OMONIYI BS(BUILDING) MBA, MNIOB
Definition - A creative writer is one who goes outside the bounds of normal professional, Journalistic, academic r technical forms of literatures.
He is a positive disruptor usually identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, contents creation and the use of literary tropes or with various traditions of poetry and poetics.
In a nutshell a creative writer can best be described as a rebel, a non- conformist and radical of some sort. He steps beyond the boundaries to carve a niche in his chosen area or wherever he has the highest comparative advantage.
Types of creative writing
Different types of creative writing
i. Novel writing
ii. Short stories
iii. Flush fiction
v. Song lyrics
vii. Tv/film scripts
The basic role of creative writing.
You are free to convey whatever idea, thought or image you want, but must be written with intention.
The core of this is the ability to communicate an idea effectively, you must consider the purpose for which your message is intended and must be explicit.
A creative writer must be able to construct for various audiences.
The main purpose of creative writing must be intentional, in entertainment, information and persuasion .
Freedom of information act
Definition: The freedom of information act makes public records and information more freely available, provide for public access, the public record and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences.
This act was passed on May 28th, 2011 when it was signed into law after a very long legislative debate that lasted over 12 years. The law was passed, essentially to enable the public, access government information in order to ensure transparency and accountability.
Under the freedom of information act anyone can request, subject to certain exceptions, information held by a public authority.
Benefits of Fol act and limitations
1. To make government more transparent
2. To make government more accountable
3. To improve decision making
4. To assist the public to better understand decision making process
5. To engage public participation in politics limitation.
If it would cost too much or take too much staff, time to deal with the request, the request is vexatious, the request repeats a previous request from the same person.
Under fol records, that are available under an existing scheme, free or for a fee are excluded from the fol act.
The marriage between fol act and creative writing
Going by the definitions of both benefits and limitations: it is safe to conclude that a marital union of some sort is totally inevitable.
The Fol act is all about transparency and accountability in governance whilst creative writing is all about radicalism and originality in thought processes with applicability to governance as a watch dog.
My believe is that, as a writer, we are the watchdog of every society, we use our writing prowess to convey different messages to different audiences, not minding whose ox is gored.
The Folact creates an enabling environment for open expression of thoughts on governance, transparency, accountability and ultimately dealing and exposing untoward situations in governance.
It is a clarion call on both sides to work together in giving the nation a rebirth in governance.
It is a marriage of positivity and ultimately addressing the ills of the society.
Thank you all for your time.
Femi Omoniyi, Bs (Building) MBA, MNIOB
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