British Council 2018 residential Story Making West Africa workshop (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: February 21st 2018

British Council in collaboration with the African Storybook Initiative invites writers and illustrators to participate in a residential workshop for the production of mother-tongue based multilingual storybooks. The workshop is a component of the broader Story Making West Africa project which aims to promote the arts, education and mother-tongue based multilingual education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Story Making West Africa workshop pilots an initiative to create stories in indigenous languages and is an opportunity for individual West African writers and illustrators to contribute to the production of these storybooks at any African Storybook reading level, in indigenous languages and English.

Workshop Output 1: Up to 20 draft story manuscripts with ten manuscripts selected for publishing. Each manuscript will consist of 12-page stories in at least two languages (an indigenous African language and English).

Workshop Output 2: Illustrators draw and colour five sets of illustrations (that is, five story manuscripts).


The 5-day workshop will bring together participants in Abuja, Nigeria from 12 to 16 March 2018 from Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ghana and will be facilitated by trainers from the African Storybook initiative. The workshop will be fully funded by the British Council inclusive of travel, accommodation and a small stipend as per diems.


Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:



Interested writers and illustrators must be a resident of any West Africa country living and working in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal or Sierra Leone; and are required to complete the online application meeting the criteria above using this link  by midnight 21 February 2018

Please note:

Only successful applicants will be contacted by 1st March 2018

Selected participants must be available to travel for the workshop from 11th to 17th March 2018 and must be able to get a short term insurance to cover their stay in Nigeria

Illustrators will be expected to attend the workshop with a laptop installed with their preferred illustration software

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council/African Storybook Initiative 2018 residential Story Making West Africa workshop 


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