It is difficult to nurture and sustain a literary community in the Solomon Islands, due to the lack of opportunities for skills development and networking among writers.
How we are helping
By supporting a project that gives recognition to literature in the Solomon Islands and aims to encourage new emerging writers to the Association; in turn attracting other agencies to support the work of SICWA to advocate for topical social issues through literature.
About the project
The project will comprise a skills development workshop in Honiara to encourage and support emerging writers and build up a network of creative writers across the country.
The workshop will focus on the theme of health, which is a pressing concern for Small Island Developing States such as the Solomon Islands, exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The workshop will promote the importance of literature in capturing the perspectives and insights of the local population on urgent social issues, and then, in conjunction with the media, advocating around issues of health to diverse audiences within the region and beyond.
Solomon Islands Creative Writers Association (SICWA) was established in 1983 as an umbrella body for writers in the Solomon Islands. The association has been a platform for promoting local writers and supporting their publications locally and regionally, working within the auspice of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and as a member of the International Authors Forum.
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