3 Nigerian students get mentoring session with American novelist James Patterson

3 Nigerian students get mentoring session with American novelist James Patterson

- Three Nigerian ladies had the rare opportunity of getting a mentoring session with American novelist, James Patterson

- The three ladies were winners of the 2019 Channels Book Club national book review essay competition

- As winners, they attended the Bouchercon Convention in Dallas, Texas

Three Nigerian ladies have taken a bold step towards honing their craft and exploring the path of writing mystery and crime novels. After emerging as winners of 2019 Channels Book Club national book review essay competition, the talented writers had the opportunity of attending the Bouchercon Convention in Dallas, Texas, USA from October 31 to November 3.

As shared on US Embassy Nigeria's Facebook page, the three Nigerian high school students attended exclusive mentoring sessions with famous American novelist James Patterson and bestselling crime writer Harry Hunsicker.

They also attended panel sessions and engaged with notable American authors including Mark Greaney, Marc Cameron, Kimberley Howe, and David Morrell. The once in a lifetime opportunity not only showed how some of the talents from Nigeria are going places, but also how the world is ready to recognise and accept their greatness.

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Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels

Meanwhile, Essynce Moore, a 15-year-old African-American author from New Jersey has had three books from her collection Middle School Chronicles selected as compulsory reading in many districts in the United States.

The books focus on teaching students what to do about bullying, how to find their passion and pursue their dreams, how to relate effectively with colleagues and teachers, and also inspires them to become anything they wish to be.

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