Apply to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-Led CANEX Workshop

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In collaboration with the James and Grace Adichie Foundation and Narrative Landscape Press Limited, Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) a program put in place by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) welcomes prose writers of African and Caribbean descent to participate in The CANEX Book Factory Creative Writing Workshop.

The CANEX Book Factory Creative Writing Workshop will take place over ten days at a serene seaside resort in Aburi, Ghana, providing an idyllic setting for writers to gather and grow. CANEX will cover travel and accommodation, and participants will enjoy local cuisine, enabling them to fully immerse themselves in their craft. 

Globally acclaimed author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will lead a team of writers to facilitate the workshop, alongside legal and business professionals who will offer valuable insights into the legal and commercial aspects of the writing profession. Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to an anthology of writing to be published after the workshop.

The workshop is welcoming speakers of all six official languages of the African Union: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Kiswahili, thanks to comprehensive translation services. 

Submission Guidelines: 

  • To be eligible, candidates must be from an African Union member country or territory and a citizen of a Caribbean Community and Common Market ( CARICOM ) member country.
  • Interested writers should submit a 250–500-word prose sample.
  • Provide evidence of nationality (national ID card or passport data page) from an eligible country.
  • Submissions will be accepted through an online form available on the CANEX website: CANEX Writing Workshop.
  • Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2024.

The CANEX Book Factory is an annual programme of events of the Creative Africa Nexus initiative of African Export – Import Bank (Afreximbank) that is designed to spotlight and elevate the African book value chain through the publishing prize, a Pan-African writing workshop, and an e-newsletter highlighting African literature. This year’s programme will be concluded in an Award Ceremony at the CANEX WKND in Algiers, Algeria, between 16-19 October, 2024.

Applications are open from the 15th – 30th June 2024.

Best of luck to all applicants!


Bakare Oluwatobiloba

I write to educate, motivate and define history with literature. Just being me!