Free 9-Day Workshop

For Illustrators of Children’s Stories in Accra

The Ghana chapter of the International Board of Books for Young People has partnered with Golden Baobab to organize a free 9-day children’s illustration workshop in Accra, Ghana. Set for July 19th to July 27th, 2012, the workshop will be facilitated by Meshack Asare, one of Africa’s top children’s writers and illustrators, who has won numerous awards including The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. The purpose of the workshop is to identify Ghana’s most talented and promising children’s illustrators, provide training to increase their skills, and offer them local and international exposure.

Ten top illustrators in Ghana will be handpicked through a competitive selection process to attend this workshop for free. The participants will be identified by their incredible artistic talent, proven appreciation for children’s literature, and demonstrated desire to excel in the field. The selected participants will be instructed in various illustration techniques for children and will receive constructive critique on their work.

The artwork produced at the end of the workshop will be exhibited at the IBBY 2012 Congress in London and the Ghana International Book Fair in Accra.

Applicants must be below 40 years old; have a demonstrated interest in “composition”; be talented and enthusiastic; be determined to be successful illustrators

Illustrators interested in this opportunity should apply by submitting the following:

  • Biographical Information (including name, age, gender, occupation, place of residence, email address, telephone, and how you heard about the workshop);
  • 2 original illustrated works (created by self and not doctored electronically);
  • 1 original illustration inspired by a children’s story (applicants should name the story and author on their application); • A personal statement (500 words) that addresses the question “Why I’m interested in illustrating children’s books.”

The completed application can be scanned and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at the Alliance Française in Accra (Liberation Link – Airport Residential Area - 0302 773134 / 760278).

For further details on the event, check out Golden Baobab’s Facebook page: Submission Deadline: 5pm GMT, Friday, July 6, 2012.