Vernacular storybook workshop

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Thanks to a grant from the city's Department of Community Development, we are running a *free* six-week workshop to develop new children's books in local languages.

Even if lockdown restrictions continue, we will proceed with the workshops online. We do have a small budget to assist with data costs where needed.

The complete works will be read and shared at a series of children's events in Ernest Oppenheimer Park, one of the performance spaces in the Literary District. Although City Parks has already agreed to host the storytelling sessions, dates will depend on lockdown restrictions.

If social distancing remains in effect, we will adapt accordingly.

Workshops will run on consecutive Saturdays from 23 May to 27 June.

Each session will run from 9am to noon. Physical workshops will be held at Bridge Books, at the Rand Club store, 90 Commissioner St.

Online sessions will be advised as needed.

You do not need to have published any work before. You do need to have a work in progress, or a complete idea for a story.

Each finished book will have a small print run, and participants will leave with complete files that they can use either to print themselves, share freely, or submit to other publishers.

Workshops will be conducted primarily in English, but the text of the books will be in one, or a combination of, local languages.

Stories with parallel text (the same story in more than one language) or that combine languages creatively are strongly encouraged as well. In these cases, the additional language could be any other language.

For any queries, please email Thabiso Mtimkulu at



Vernacular storybook workshop