PER ANKH, a cooperative association of friends committed to the development of high-quality writing and publishing in Africa, runs an annual 9-month writers’ workshop called PER SESH. Ancient Egyptian scribes trained for their calling at an institution called per sesh, the writers’ home, inside the House of Life. Though today we do not seek to imitate the ancestors, we value their commitment to the systematic sharing of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. So we have built a home for writers in the seaside village of Popenguine, Senegal, in West Africa, and given it the ancient name, per sesh.
There, at our nine-month annual residential workshop, writers learn, teach and practice craft techniques from story idea to finished book. Simultaneously, per sesh provides hands-on practice in the use of advanced computer hardware and software for such writing and publishing tasks as plot generation, word processing, page layout, cover design, contract negotiation and royalty accounting.
If you’re a graduate student or literature/writing faculty member, aged 25 to 40, committed to the practice and teaching of writing as a profession, and interested in participating in the October 2006 – July 2007 sessions, you are invited to apply for one of our 9-month residential fellowships funded jointly by the Ford Foundation (Dr. Adhiambo Odaga) and TrustAfrica (Dr. Akwasi Aidoo).
To apply, send
· a one-page application letter;
· a one-page curriculum vitae;
· two letters of recommendation from past lecturers;
· an endorsement from your department head; and
· a 5,000- to 10,000-word sample of your best fiction; to
per sesh writing program
b. p. 2, popenguine
Deadline for receipt of applications: 30 July 2006.
Email inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org