The 2021 Mo Issa Writing Workshops


Writers Project of Ghana announces the opening of applications for the 2021 edition of the Mo Issa Writing Workshops. The workshop series will be held online for five weeks starting from 21st August 2021.

Organised by Writers Project of Ghana and Mo.Issa, the Mo Issa Writing Workshops are an annual writing workshop series. The workshop will help writers improve their skill and assist them to work on their creative writing with a view to preparing manuscripts for publication. The writers also get to interact with the other participants in the workshop.

The workshops are open to writers who are working on stories and/or poetry collections and seek to improve on their work. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 8th August, 2021 and the workshop sessions will start on 21st August, 2021. Selected applicants will be notified on Sunday 15th August 2021.

Over the five week period of the workshops, there will be weekly one-on-one sessions with the facilitators (weekdays) and a teaching and discussion session on Saturday mid-mornings.

Writers working on a novel, short story collection or poetry collection are encouraged to apply. The workshop sessions will involve assessment of individual scripts and cover (a) Creative concepts and content (b) Structure, language, setting, dialogue (c) Editing and (d) Rewriting the manuscript. This year, there is an added session on "The Business of Writing", which will explore ways in which writers can use different models to increase their audience or monetise their writing.

Only ten places are available for participants, and the assessments are carried out on a first-come basis. Therefore, interested persons are encouraged to apply early.

GUIDELINES: Send an application by email to with the subject "Mo Issa Writing Workshops". In the body of the email, add a short self introduction. Attach a sample of writing as a Word or PDF document.

  • Applicants looking to work on their novel should send in a 6,000-word sample from the novel.
  • Applicants looking to work on their short stories should send in one or two short stories with a total length of 8,000 words.
  • Applicants looking to work on their poetry should send in twelve poems.

Note that the submitted works will be the material used during the workshops.

For more details, or to put in an application, send an email to