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Young Writers Programmes in Haiti

Friday 18 October 2013 - 1:00am

PEN Haiti annually organizes its Young Author Residence Programme at the Georges Anglade Centre. In 2013 the Centre will receive eight young authors both from a Port-au-Prince and from outside the capital city for a stay of 20 days. The residence offers an opportunity to the writers to create or refine a writing project within a timeframe and space specifically dedicated to creation and writing. PEN Haiti organizes the young authors’ residence to help the participants grow as writers. In order to introduces them to PEN members, cultural operators and the general public as part of the residence programme. In addition to the Young Author Residence programme PEN Haiti also organises monthly debates on freedom of expression entitled Cafés Philosophique. These debates are led by young academics, and are aimed at promoting literature and freedom of expression in Haiti.

PEN Haiti’s activities form part of a new International Programmes initiative jointly supported by PEN International and the Swedish International Development Agency. The aim of the new initiative is to support civil society and capacity building activities in several countries including, among others, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Central Asia, Cambodia, Nepal, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi and Puerto Rico.

For more information please contact International Programmes Officer Emese Kovács:

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