Call for Applications: Participants in South Sudanese Women’s Residential Writing Retreat

Oxfam invites applications from South Sudanese women for a creative personal non-fiction writing retreat to be held in April 2019. The retreat seeks to incubate writing exploring themes of conflict and peace, by 10-15 emerging women writers.

During the five-day retreat, writers will be supported to produce substantial work, learn aspects of the writer’s craft and develop style with writing coaches and mentors. They will identify and investigate the fundamental techniques for writing personal nonfiction. They will discuss assigned readings, participate in writing exercises, and—most importantly—discuss each other’s work. Following the retreat Oxfam will support writers to publish their work on a variety of platforms.

The objectives of the retreat are:

  • To give participating women the space, time and enhanced skills to enable them to enable them to write in a compelling way about their experiences with conflict and peacebuilding.
  • To ensure that the public historical record of South Sudan’s conflicts and peace processes, includes the voices and perspectives of South Sudanese women, through their own writing.
  • To build a small community of women writers who support and encourage each other to tell their own stories in writing, even beyond the writing retreat.

Transport, accommodation and meals will be provided.

Application process:

  • Applications are requested from South Sudanese women, residing anywhere in the world.
  • Applicants must be able to speak and write in English fluently.
  • Selected writers must be available for the full duration of the retreat.

To apply: Please email by 15 March with the following.

  1. Age
  2. Location
  3. Phone number
  4. Email address
  5. A short biography of yourself. Please feel free to also include your CV.
  6. Explain why you want to participate in the writing program? What kind of writing do you need support on, and why?
  7. A short writing sample. 

Thew writing sample should be 3000 words max. It can be fiction or non-fiction, published or unpublished, poetry or prose. If you do not have an appropriate sample, feel free to respond to one of the following writing prompts:

  • Women should be included in peacebuilding and peace processes. Tell a personal story illustrating why.
  • Write about one way you or others have been affected by the conflict.
  • Why do people fight? Tell a personal story.

Successful candidates will be notified by 31 March 2019.