In our ongoing efforts to address the needs of Arab artists working in the cultural and the literary fields, in 2014 AFAC is redesigning this year’s Literary grant – which has been part of the Annual General Call since AFAC’s inception in 2007 - into a new intensive training program. The AFAC Novel Writing Program is run in collaboration with prominent author Najwa Barakat and her ‘How To Write a Novel’ laboratory, Al-Mohtaraf.
The AFAC Novel Writing Program is a year-long program which aims to conclude with the completed fiction project of all the selected grantees. There will be three week-long intensive workshops held across the year as well as regular follow up and accessibility to expert advice through Najwa Barakat’s Al-Mohtaraf. At the end of the year, the topmost novels among the program-supported projects will also be selected for printing and publication with AFAC’s support.
The call for submissions is open until March 30th, 2014. All the projects submitted will undergo professional assessment and a maximum of ten projects will be selected as grantees into the program. Announcement of grantees will be made on April 20th, 2014.
AFAC will cover all the expenses for grantee participation in the Novel Writing Program, including the intensive training workshops, the year-round supervision and the travel and board expenses for attending the workshops. AFAC will also cover printing and publication expenses for the novels that are deemed of exemplary quality, at the end of the program.
This call is open to all Arab authors irrespective of age, experience, race, religion, nationality or place of residence (in the Arab region or in Diaspora).
Deadline for submissions is March 30th, 2014.
The AFAC Creative Writing Program guidelines and applications are only available in Arabic.