The Writersí Workshop
A hands-on workshop
PER SESH is a 9-month residential workshop for young writers, organized by an international association of friends. It is based in the seaside village of Popenguine, an hourís drive from Dakar, the capital city of Senegal.
An opening for young writers
The 2007-2008 session starts on 15 October 2007 and ends on15 July 2008. Applications are invited from aspiring writers, aged 25 to 35, wishing to train for a career as professional writers and teachers of writing.


Applicants must be:
- Clean (no drugs, cigarettes, or alcoholism);
- Continental or overseas Africans;
- Fully proficient in French and/or English;
- Computer-literate;
- Aged between 25 and 35 as of 1 January 2008;
- Holders of a good bachelorís degree; and
- Able to stay the full nine-month away from home

The Program

Successful applicants will participate in regular computer-based seminars on artistic, technical and business aspects of professional writing. Topics covered include: Structure and Design; Narrative; Characterization; Description; Themes; Imagery; Points of view; Drafting; Word-processing; Layout; Electronic file transmission; Publishing, distribution, royalties and accounts; Organizing publishing cooperatives and book clubs
TrustAfrica and the Ford Foundation provide fellowships for 4 applicants per year. These cover air travel, board and lodging, tuition, books and equipment for successful applicants for the 9-month session. PER SESH is not a degree-granting institution. Each successful applicant is expected to complete a publishable book by the end of the 9-month session.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to airmail the following documents to
The Selection Committee
Per Sesh Writing Program
B.P. 2, Popenguine
Senegal, West Africa:

1 photocopy of the photo page of your passport;
1 photocopy of your most recent university degree;
1 application letter presenting personal information and stating your reasons for wishing to participate in the Per Sesh writing program;
2 letters of recommendation from university teachers you have studied with for at least one academic year;
a 5,000- to 10,000-word sample of your best writing.
Deadline for receipt of applications: 30 July 2007.