Writing Sabbatical Grants
Witnessing the recent flourishing of literature in the Arab world, Mophradat’s Writing Sabbatical Grants program has been set up in 2019 to support emerging creative writers from the Arab world of contemporary fiction, nonfiction and poetry. These grants support three-month sabbaticals dedicated to the completion of new writing projects.
The two recipients of the first edition were selected from over 190 applications from across the Arab world with the advice of Golan Haji (poet, Damascus/Paris), Lina Mounzer (writer, Beirut), and Nisrine Al Zahre (linguist, Damascus/Paris). They are:
Mira Sidawi (LB/PS) working on Qol Lil Naoum An Yanam, a novel on the daily life in the Borj El Barjneh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon revolving around a central character, “Nasr” a nightingale introduced into the camp.
Abdelmajid Sebbata (MA) working on Fi Riwaya Oukhra (working title) – a novel comprised of three stories taking place in different time and space, including that of the author in 2018 who forgets his laptop containing his novel’s manuscript in a rental car, an American author traveling to Morocco in 2002 where her father was stationed during WWII, and a Morrocan teenager studying in Moscow who finds himself inside the Moscow theater during the hostage-taking events in 2002.