Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou Writer’s in Residency Program 2019/2020 (Funded)

Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou Writer’s in Residency Program 2019/2020 (Funded)

Deadline: July 7, 2019

Are you a writer in Africa looking for a chance to hone you writing skills? The Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou is setting up a writer’s residency for young African writers (less than 40 years) in 2019/20 in Burkina Faso.

This residency program aims to give a platform for free expression

  • to writers who project the vision of (another) future in their writings,
  • to writers who have restrictions of expression in their country of origin,
  • to activist writers who express themselves in relation to social and/ or political transformations and challenges in their countries.


  • Cost of transportation (from home country to Burkina Faso) and visa will be covered
  • Accommodation during the 4 weeks residency will be provided
  • Grant of 1,500 Euro for the residency period (incl. per diem and private transport) – paid in place in two instalments.


  • Open to writers of all literary genres: novel, poetry, essay, storytelling, narration, theatre, comic, etc. The production of a text is mandatory for the authors in residence. The texts produced will be published at the end of 2020, either in physical or digital version;
  • Be under 40 years old;
  • Have at least one published text, either with a publisher or a newspaper, on a blog or website or as a self-publication;
  • Be of African nationality by origin or by naturalization;
  • Have a writing project to develop during the residency;
  • Be available from November 2019.


Application and document to provide:

  • Letter of motivation specifying your author’s career, your personal situation,
  • Your expectations and the reasons for your application for the residency
  • Description of your project to develop during the residency
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Full biography (max. 500 words)
  • PDF or links of texts already published

The applications shall be sent to the following addresses:

Carolin Christgau, Director Goethe-Institut:
[email protected]

Francois d’Assise Ouédraogo, Assistant Goethe-Institut:
[email protected]

For more information, visit Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou Writer’s in Residency Program.