The maiden edition of the Muslimah Wordsmiths' WriterCon launched in 2020, and the theme for this year's conference was: Becoming an exceptional, confident, and successful writer. The three-day live, online conference took place between the 24th and 26th of July, 2020. It featured industry experts who shared their knowledge about writing, speaking, publishing and how to monetise skills. The facilitators for the 2020 edition are shown below.
Hafsah bint Nurein is a Writer, Editor and the author of the novel – To Err is Human. She is the convener of the Muslimah Wordsmiths’ WriterCon.
As a writing coach, Hafsah helps writers harness their writing potentials so they can overshoot their writing goals.
Connect with Hafsah on:
Visit her website where she shares articles, writing tips, web-series and more.
Watch Hafsah’s opening remarks here.
Sherifat Olaogun is a passionpreneur, an author, a public speaker, a mentor, a coach and a corporate capacity builder.
She runs her personal brand at www.sherifatolaogun.com with mindset and business coaching as her niche, a big fan of creating digital products for your business.
Sherifat supports a community of women of like minds in her ‘Embrace Your Passion’ Facebook community. She is the curator of ‘Shine Your Light’ a Facebook page dedicated to serving her community at large.
She is passionate about inspiring and empowering women to live their best lives, embrace their God-given talents as a means to earning a livelihood, fulfilling their potential while being a source of light to others.
Sherifat has a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy from the University of Lagos (currently a practising pharmacist in Canada). She is a certified Life and NLP coach with interest in monetizing your skills.
She runs life and business workshops, offers online Masterclasses and courses in delivering empowerment goals for her clients.
Connect with her on Instagram
Listen to her empowering talk titled: GROW YOUR PASSION, MONETISE YOUR SKILLS
Salmah Adetutu Lawal is a Broadcaster, an Educationist, Human resource consultant, A writer, An author and an Avid reader.
A graduate of English Education from the Lagos State University, also has an MBA (HRM) from the same university. She is a chartered administrator. She belongs to various professional bodies which include – The International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA), The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Chartered Institute of Administration ((CIA).
She started her career with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and retired to her own business after 15 years of work experience. She runs her own Media and Educational consulting firm, and also an online Islamic lifestyle store.
Salmah is a published author of two books, FORTIFIED and ISLAM IS BEAUTIFUL.
Her personal vision is to always ADD VALUE – as she never wants to leave people the way she meets them. Her personal website – www.salmahadetutulawal.com has a lot of free resources that can help visitors have a positive transformational mindset.
She is an advocate of EXUDING CONFIDENCE and FINDING PURPOSE- as she says that these two can help one lead a life of clarity and authenticity.
She believes in the slogan, YOU CANNOT FEATURE IN A FUTURE WHOSE PICTURE YOU HAVE NOT CAPTURED.
Connect with her on Facebook.
Listen to her amazing talk titled: EXPLORING THE THIN LINE BETWEEN WRITING AND SPEAKING
Bashirat Abdulwahab is a trained journalist turned Helping Practitioner, Corporate Trainer and Social Entrepreneur. She holds an M.Sc. in Mass Communications and has evolved over the years with certifications and competencies in Neuro Linguistic programming, bereavement/grief counseling and management, emotional intelligence, mental health first aid, writing and self-publishing, community development and psychosocial work. Bashirat is an accredited practitioner by the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA).
She currently hosts various master classes across Nigeria and teaches life transforming online courses via her web- based platform. She also helps Corporate organisations and teams infuse Emotional Intelligence into their work ethics for improved performance and growth.
Bashirat has been featured and interviewed on various media platforms to include Daily Trust Newspaper, Blueprint, Armed Forces Radio. Rhythm FM and was named Woman Extraordinaire by Search Inwards Magazine in 2018. She is a member of Abuja Literary Society.
She lives in the capital city of Abuja, Nigeria with her two adorable sons and you can find her and her work on various social media platforms through the following handles:
IG & Twitter: @thebashirat, @thebatv, @hands_4life @soulsetmuslimah
Visit her website
Listen to her amazing talk titled: THE BUSINESS OF WRITING
Umm Naml is the pseudonym for a Nigerian author whose birth name is Medinat Ize Musa. Although resides in Kaduna with her family, she is originally from Kogi State, and speaks Ebira dialect fluently.
She is the founder of Umm Naml Reads (UNR), which publishes an online magazine quarterly. Umm Naml has published her first set of children books in paperbacks, started publishing her first Islamic fiction on Wattpad, titled ‘The Other Side of An Unbroken Mirror’, has held five online writing workshops and is currently running a three-month online course on narrative writing for children and young adults.
Umm Naml is a book lover – which is expected right? Yes, anything from reading to writing will make her love you forever, but her other hobbies include learning, teaching, researching, designing, hand craft and kitchen craft.
Her idea of a perfect day is an indoor setting with hot shawarma, iced Coca-Cola, a laptop with internet subscription, full power supply and a clingy son.
If you would like to work with this weird person, you can find her contact details below:
Motolani Oyafemi is a Business Strategist, Copywriter, and Technical Writer. She is driven by the desire to build brands and create exceptional customer relationship. She helps businesses map out winning Email marketing strategies, create effective Ad copies and break down their technical drafts into easy to understand pieces of information.
Motolani teaches Business Writing at the Edubridge Academy. She is also a Google Certified Digital Marketer.
Read some of her work on Medium.
Want to master business writing? Then listen to her no B.S talk titled: BUSINESS WRITING- BEST PRACTICES.
Follow her on Instagram
Maryam AbdulWahab is a creative writer, news writer, social media strategist, and lifestyle blogger. She is also a First-Class graduate of Economics from Al-Hikmah University and currently studying Masters of Business Administration at the University of Ibadan. She lives and breathes literature. Her works have appeared on a number of websites, including sprinng.org, wednext.com, ubetoo.com, crossrivertimes.com.ng, myefiko.com, and a host of others.
When she isn’t writing prose or blog posts, she is reading a book on fantasy or studying events around her. She enjoys reviewing books and movies. She has a knack for broadening her scope of knowledge by enrolling for online courses and reading educational books.
Maryam updates thrilling articles on her blog, ranging from food recipes to book reviews and captivating stories. You would also find personal development tips and rants about Lagos living.
She writes from Lagos, Nigeria. You can find more of her work on her website
Bukola Fatunade is a writer, passionate teacher and an entrepreneur. She is a graduate of International Relations and speaks three languages.
Raheemah Odusote is a trained Engineer and a Chartered Accountant, however, her love and passion for reading and writing directs her to her dream job of Writing and Book Coaching for clients worldwide.
She combines her training as a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and knowledge of writing to coach female consultants, coaches and professionals to write their books to earn, influence and impact their tribes.
She’s married with four children. Her kryptonite is a good book, green tea and the occasional slice of cake!
Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram
Raheemah shows us how to do away with doubts in her amazing talk titled: CONQUERING YOUR WRITING FEARS
Odekunle Doyin Zouerat is a Nigerian living in Nigeria. She hails from Ibadan in Oyo State and currently lives in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Zouerat is a writer, speaker, graphic designer, dental nurse, and seasoned entrepreneur.
She is the author of the popular online series “A Blessing or A Lesson” turned Novella “A Wait in the Rain” which is currently under publication.
She is a happy wife of a loving husband and the best father, also a proud mom of a wonderful son.
Bilikis Mafe Fagbemi, a.k.a ‘bilimaffy’ is a wife, a stay-home mom, trained educator, Communicator and currently a Honours graduate student of Gender Studies with the University or South Africa (UNISA).
She is a passionate writer, an aspiring author and a striving Muslimah with a keen interest in personal growth and development.
Her ultimate goal is to contribute positively wherever and whenever she can.
Find her on Facebook and Instagram
Bilkis’ empowering talk shows us WHY WE NEED MUSLIMAH WRITERS.
Lateefah Adewunmi Jumah a.k.a LajFingers is a graduate of English language, Writer, Freelance journalist, Poet, Wife and Mother. She is the author of the novel; Behind My Smile, as well as several online web-series, including Living in a different world, My Crush, amongst others.
Find her on Facebook and Instagram
Struggling with being productive? Listen to her eye-opening talk, PRODUCTIVITY ACCELERATORS FOR WRITERS
TumKeen is a Muslim, Wife, Mother, Poet and Writer. She is a contributing writer at Muslim Mamas of Michigan as well as Detroit Mom.
TumKeen is the author of : A Journey Called Woman – Collection of Poetry.
Connect with her on Facebook.
TumKeem’s talk, WRITING AS A TOOL FOR HEALING, touched a lot of hearts.
Sabiqah Bello is a teenage writer, spoken word artist and Certified Youth Trainer. She has performed poetry at major conferences around Nigeria and internationally, including events organized by the African Union, the Shehu Musa Yaradua Foundation, the Swedish Embassy and the Young African Leaders Initiative, among other organizations and societies. She has also won a number of poetry slams and awards for her creative works.
She has made several TV appearances, facilitated youth trainings, and been a panelist on discussions around art, women, youth and social empowerment. She is a key member of some literary societies in Nigeria and is the co-founder of Gifts of Guidance – a growing gift startup in Nigeria.
Connect with her on Instagram
Learn about poetry in Sabiqah’a talk: SPOKEN WORD POETRY: THE PEN, THE PAPER &THE STAGE
Umm Marwan Ibrahim is a freelance editor and writer with over 5 years’ practice in the field.
Umm Marwan loves to work with independent Islamic authors to help spread the message of Islam, and has edited several works of:
- Children’s books
- Poetry, as well as
- Website and App content.
Umm Marwan is the author of the e-booklet-cum-workbook entitled Knowing Allah Through His 99 Names & Attributes.
She is currently in the process of publishing a children’s picture book called Dawood Loves His Books, a story of a boy learning about the Qur’an, which is projected to be published by August 2020 insha Allah.
Get in touch with her at:
If you are a writer, you should know how to edit. Check out Umm Marwan’s enlightening talk on EDITING- AN INDISPENSABLE TOOL IN WRITING
Zainab Sulaimon is an Experienced editor and writer with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry. She is skilled in Fiction, Storytelling and Editing with a strong and professional media&communication presence.
Zainab is the CEO/Chief Editor at Emerald Writing and Editorial Services.
Connect with her on LinkedIn and Instagram.
Learn how to SELF-EDIT LIKE A BOSS in Zainab’s empowering talk.