AWDF Invites Application for the African Women’s Writers Workshop 2019

Theo Sowa, CEO, AWDF
Theo Sowa, CEO, AWDF

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is inviting African women writers and journalists to apply for the African Women’s Writers Workshop 2019. The 10-day writing workshop takes place in Ghana from October 21 to 30, 2019.

The workshop targets 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.

Selected applicants will be expected to read widely from assigned selected texts, and complete daily writing exercises that will be assigned to them. On completion of the workshop, participants will be expected to utilise the knowledge acquired to write widely about social justice issues in and beyond their communities. They will also be required to produce at least two articles, blogs or longer pieces for use by AWDF.

To be eligible to participate in the workshop, applicants must be from the African region, or the diaspora; be a feminist or women’s rights activist; have high proficiency in verbal and written English; be an experienced writer (published or unpublished); and be available to travel to Ghana and stay for the entire 10-day session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 fiction and non-fiction women writers, journalists, and academics who wish to actively engage in women’s rights activism.
AWDF will provide successful applicants with round trip fare, full accommodation and meals, workshop material and stationary. Participants from the diaspora may be required to pay part of the cost of air fare depending on the budget.
AWDF is a feminist organisation focused on raising awareness on social injustice towards African women, and taking action to combat the injustice and abuse of the human rights of African women. We also promote more nuanced narratives around African women that highlight our diversity, our achievement and our agency.
The 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.
Interested applicants should send an e-mail with the Subject line ‘African Women Writers Workshop 2019 to with their contact details including name, email address, telephone number• They should also send a short bio (maximum 200 words) and a sample of unpublished or published article written by the applicant, about women’s rights or social justice -between 500 and 1000 words. Applicants will be responsible for any cases of alleged plagiarism

Deadline for submission of applications is June 24, 2019. Only successful applicants to the workshop will be notified, by July 24, 2019.