29 Dec 2020
Library of Africa and the African Diaspora: Open Call for Writing Residency
The Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) and the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) are launching a call for applications for a four-week writing residency taking place in May 2021.
The LOATAD-SCCA Writing Residency is a self-directed programme in which writers working across genres from Africa and the Diaspora are given the time and space to work on a long form project. The residency is intended to help stimulate and inspire a new level of creativity.
Residents will have a unique opportunity to experience life in both Southern and Northern Ghana. In Accra, they will have access to LOATAD’s vast collection of books by African and Diaspora writers . In Tamale, they will get to interact with artists from across disciplines in residence at the SCCA/Red Clay.
- When: Mid-May to Mid-June 2021
- Duration: 4 weeks: 2 in Accra, 2 in Tamale
- Cost: Accommodation costs are covered by the residency. However, successful applicants will be required to pay for their own travel to, from, and within Ghana, and their own food
- Open to: Writers from Africa and the African Diaspora e.g. the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe.
- Applicants must be 21 years old, and over
- Open to writers of all genres, at all stages of their writing careers
- We welcome unpublished writers, but they will need to demonstrate significant literary output and/or a commitment to literature
Submit the following to email@example.com by 12pm GMT on 18 January, 2021:
- A writing sample of no more than 2,000 words
- A writer’s CV
- A letter of why you want to be in residence of no more than 500 words
- Two professional referees
Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held online in February 2021.
Successful applicants will be notified in March 2021.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: Writers-in-residence will be required to give a presentation of or about their work at the library at the end of the LOATAD part of the residency.
Header Image: African American Playwright Lorraine Hansberry – Photograph by David Attie / Getty