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From the 2014 ANWP Workshop in Beirut - May 2014

AFAC Launches the 2015 Novel Writing Program Open Call

15 Feb, 2015 

The first round of the AFAC Novel Writing Program, run in collaboration with Muhtaraf Najwa Barakat, is coming to its closure, culminating in the publication of eight novels by the participating writers. Parallel to celebrating the successful end of the first round, having succeeded in discovering eight young talented writers from different Arab countries, AFAC is opening the call for the second round of the program.


In order to enrich the experience and to benefit from the experience of different Arab authors, well-known Lebanese writer Jabbour Dweihi will supervise this second round. He has already managed the 2009 and 2010 sessions of “Nadwa”, the writers’ workshop, held under the supervision of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, which follows up the work of aspiring writers from across the Arab world.


About the Program


The second edition of AFAC’s Novel Writing Program, which will be under the supervision of Jabbour Dweihi, spreads over18 months. All the projects submitted will undergo professional assessment and a maximum of ten projects will be selected as grantees into the program. 


Ten writers will be chosen to participate in a program including three workshops that will result in the completion of scripts written by the participant writers. AFAC will support the publication of the scripts selected for publishing.


Instead of paying a grant for the grantees, AFAC will cover all the expenses for grantees participating in the program, including the intensive training workshops, the supervision and the travel costs and board expenses for attending the workshops. AFAC will also cover printing and publication expenses for those 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).


Program of the workshops

First workshop: 08 – 14 June 2015

Second workshop: 14 – 20 September 2015

Third workshop: 18 – 24 January 2016


Deadline for applications is March 29th, 2015. The winners will be announced on May 10th, 2015.


Kindly review the program guidelines before submitting your application.


To apply, please login with you username and password. Once you login you will be directed to the applications page. In case you don’t have an existing account, please create one here.


Jabbour Dweihi

Jabbour Dweihi is a Lebanese novelist, born in Zghorta, in North Lebanon. He earned a bachelor degree in French Literature at the College of Education in Beirut, then a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris III (Nouvelle Sorbonne). He has retired from university teaching at the Lebanese University where he used to be a Professor of French Literature.


He furthermore used to be an editorial writer and literary critic for the Beirut-based daily, L'Orient Express and L'Orient Littéraire literary supplement, respectively.


Dweihi has translated several literary and general works from French into Arabic. His own work has been translated to French, English, Italian and German.


Two of his novels were on the short list of the International Prize of Arabic Fiction: June Rain (2008) and The Vagrant (2012). His novel The American Neighborhood was on the long list for the same prize in 2015.


Dweihi has published a series of novels, Moderation of Autumn (1995); Rayya of the River (1998); Rose Fountain (2002), June Rain (2006), Chased Away (2006) and The American Neighborhood (2013). In addition to a compilation of short stories Death Among Family is Sleepiness (1990), and a children’s story Spirit of the Jungle, written in French (2001). 

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