JIAS Writers’ Workshop

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

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The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites applications from emerging African creative writers for its Inaugural Writers’ Workshop.

From June 2 to June 29, 2022, JIAS will host a group of promising African creative writers. The workshop will be a writing-intensive, four-week program for early-career writers who have a current work in progress that they would like to complete or polish. Each writer will focus on her/his/their individual work as well as read others’ work and provide feedback. Writers will greatly benefit from the supportive structure that a writers’ workshop creates.

The JIAS Writers’ Workshop is open to African writers who work in Fiction (long and short form), Creative Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Poetry. Workshop participants will be mentored by accomplished, critically-acclaimed and award-winning writers. This is a great opportunity for novice writers to learn from established writers who are masters of their craft. Participants in the workshop will also be able to take advantage of and benefit from the vitality and diversity that a dynamic city like Johannesburg has to offer.

There is no application fee and participation in the workshop is free.

Each Writers’ Workshop Participant will receive:

  • Accommodation at JIAS’ private residence
  • Daily meals
  • An intensive and immersive creative experience
  • Mentorship from an established and accomplished writer

To apply please submit the following required materials before February 1, 2022.

  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • CV
  • One-page project proposal
  • Writing Sample: Playwriting and Screenwriting (First 10 Pages of Script); Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction (5-10 Pages); Poetry (3-5 Poems)

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your applications.
Best of luck!

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Application Form

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(The application closes on 01 February 2022)