Full Scholarships for African Women Writers Workshop

Full Scholarships for African Women Writers Workshop

Full Scholarships for African Women Writers Workshop

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is currently inviting African women writers and journalists to apply for the African Women’s Writers Workshop 2019.

This 10-day writing workshop takes place in Ghana, from 21st October 2019 to 30th October 2019.

The workshop will be facilitated by award-winning writer Yewande Omotoso, and internationally acclaimed journalist, Sylvia Vollenhoven.

This workshop is targeted at women writers, journalists and activists who wish to step-up their involvement in highlighting issues around women’s rights and social justice and who wish to improve and practice their personal writing skills.

Participants will be expected to read widely from assigned selected texts, and to complete daily writing exercises.

After the workshop, the participants are expected to use the knowledge acquired to write widely about social justice issues in and beyond their communities. Participants will also be required to produce at least two articles, blogs or longer pieces for use by AWDF.

This workshop is part of AWDF’s efforts to amplify African women’s voices and is aimed at enhancing the skills of African women writers to enable them to frame their own narratives about issues that affect African women and are of concern to them.


AWDF will provide the following to successful applicants:

  • Round trip fare. Participants from the Diaspora may be required to pay part of the cost of air fare depending on the budget
  • Full accommodation and meals
  • Workshop material and stationary

    Eligibility Criteria

    - Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be from the African region, or the Diaspora.
  • Be a feminist or women’s rights activist.
  • Have high proficiency in English (verbal and written).
  • Be an experienced writer (published or unpublished).
  • Be available to travel to Ghana and stay for the entire 10-day session.
  • Young women writers between ages 21-35 are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Priority will be given to interested women writers (fiction & nonfiction) journalists, academics who wish to actively engage in women’s rights activism.

    How to Apply

    To apply, send an e-mail at the address given on the website, with the following:

  • Contact details including name, email address, telephone number
  • A short bio (maximum 200 words)
  • A sample article written by the applicant, about women’s rights or social justice -between 500 and 1000 words. The sample maybe unpublished or published on any media. AWDF will not be responsible for any cases of alleged plagiarism.

    For more information and application details, see; Full Scholarships for African Women Writers Workshop

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