GAW Programmes and Events of the year 2022

Presisdent's Address

NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: 

Dear Member and Friend,

The New Year is here!

The start of every year holds a lot of positivity and zeal to effect plans that will help achieve goals. On the occasion of the New Year, the National Executive Committee (NEC) has put together strategies to further advance the course of our Association. I would like to thank you for your enduring support to GAW, and for the memories we shared together in 2021. It is also time to show gratitude to the eminent members of the Advisory Board, members of committees, our donors, partners, supporters, friends and volunteers who were part of our pursuits in the past year. I look forward to having you by our side this year, too.

Highlights of the Association’s activities in 2022

The events to commemorate the 65th year of the Association will be held in March; opening of nominations for election of officers will be in April and Congress in May; the 6th GAW Literary Awards will be held in November. In our efforts to have seasoned writers to mentor young/early-stage writers, the GAW Young Writers Forum will be extensively held this year. The anthology project started in 2021 will be completed in the first quarter of 2022. This may become a twice-a-year feature to provide avenue, especially, for young/early-stage writers to publish their works. A quarterly newsletter, to be called, GAW News, will be launched this year. A tour to an intriguing location will be considered this year. It is meant to rejuvenate us from the pressures of our routine activities. A visit to a location such as this may become a source of story ideas to some of us.

The Association will continue to deepen partnerships and affiliations with the following internal and external institutions: CopyGhana, Ghana Publishers Association, Ghana Culture Forum, National Commission on Culture, Ghana Book Development Council, Association of Teachers of Ghanaian Languages, Ghana Library Authority (GhLA), Ama Atta Aidoo Center for Creative Writing, the Dr. Ephraim Amu Foundation, Ghana Association of Teachers of English, the Copyright Office, Ghana Education Service, Bureau of Ghana Languages, Ghana Tourism Authority, Nuclear Power, Ghana, and the Department of English and the School of Performing Arts, both of the University of Ghana, Legon. The rest are the Pan-African Writers Association, the National Writers Association of South Africa, International Authors Forum, International Women Writers Guild, Italian Writers Union and AdinkraLinks.

In the area of advocacy, GAW will continue to provide unflinching backing to the efforts of CopyGhana, a reprographic rights body, to bring both public and private tertiary educational institutions in Ghana to the reprographic levies bracket to enhance compensation to authors and rights holders. The Association will also pursue its earlier standpoint to impress upon the GhLA to do more to purchase books of members for distribution to public schools and community libraries. 

A vigorous resource mobilisation will be initiated this year to keep the Association afloat, in terms of finances, and provide seed funding for our Writers Enterprise Fund (WEF), support the strengthening of regional, tertiary and local branches, galvanise GAW Schools Outreach Porgramme (GAWSOP) and the GAW Prisons Outreach Programme (GAWPOP). We shall also be reaching out to some of you to support specific projects and programmes of the Association. Please consider supporting the Association with a one-time or recurring donation during our fundraising drive. A fundraising magazine will be launched to provide you with information about the areas of need. GAW is a non-profit-volunteer organisation that relies on the efforts, time and donations of its members.

Support and best wishes

My colleagues and I, in NEC, cannot say that the task of leading the Association is easy. We look forward to your relentless support and commitment to see us succeed. I hope for a lot of idea-sharing and productive interactions in 2022. On behalf of everyone at NEC and the Secretariat, we wish you and your loved ones all the best in 2022. May the New Year bless us with good health, happiness, prosperity and life-changing writing experiences.

News and schedules

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Kind regards,

Francis GBORMITTAH
January 6, 2022.

January

Event: ORIENTATION FOR SECRETARIAT STAFF – To underscore
basic office procedures and manners, and guide staff to adjust to
planned activities of the Association within the year.
Date(s): Thursday, January 14, 2022.
Time: 10a.m. -1p.m.

February

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, February 6, 2022.
Time: 3p.m. – 6p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Launch of 6th Literary Awards.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.
Time: 10a.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: International Mother
Language Day.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Mon., February 21, 2022.
Time: 3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Event: General Meeting.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sat., Feb. 27, 2022.
Time: 10 a.m.

 

March

Event: Launch of 65th Anniversary.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Tues., March 1, 2022.
Time: 4p.m.

Event: Read-A-Ghana-Book Month.
Venue: Various locations in March.
Date(s): Various dates in March.
Time: Various times.
Information:
https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): Sun., March 6, 2022.
Time: 4pm – 6pm.

Event: World Poetry Day.
Date: Monday, March 21, 2022.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & InPerson, PAWA House, Accra.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

Event: Launch of GAW
Newsletter and Fundraising
Magazine.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Tues., March 29, 2022.
Time: 4pm – 6pm.

Event: Launch and Screening of a documentary to commemorate
GAW’s 65th Anniversary.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Tues., March 29, 2022.
Time: 4pm – 6pm.

Event: NEC & Regional
Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date: Thurs., March 31, 2022.
Time: 3 – 5p.m.

 

April

Event: Nominations open for
election of officers.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Friday, April 1, 2022.
Time: 9a.m. – 3p.m. each day.

Event: International Children’s
Book Day.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person,
PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sat., April 2, 2022.
Time: 10a.m.

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sun., April 3, 2022.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Event: Nominations close for election of officers.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Friday, April 15, 2022.
Time: 3p.m.

Event: GAW Young Writers’ Forum.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Saturday, April 16, 2022.
Time: 10a.m.

Event: Campaigns for election of officers
begin.
Venue: Various formats and fora.
Date(s): Monday, April 18, 2022.

Event: World Book and Copyright Day.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Saturday, April 23, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

Event: Screen Writing Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person,
PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Thursday, April 28, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

 

May

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, May 1, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

Event: Campaigns for election of
officers end.
Venue: Various formats and fora.
Date(s): Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Event: Congress
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Time: 9a.m.

 

June

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: NEC & Regional Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): Tues., June 14, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

Event: Distinguished Authors and
Personalities Series.
Venue: To be announced.
Date(s): Sat., June 18, 2022.
Time: 4p.m.

Event: A tour to an intriguing location.
Venue: To be determined.
Date(s): Sat., June 25, 2022.
Time: 5a.m. – 7p.m.

 

July

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sun., July 3, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

Event: Workshop on Narrative
Drive.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & InPerson, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Thurs., July 28, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

 

August

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, August 7, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Annual Schools Short
Story Competition.
Venue: Various Locations.
Date(s): August 15-19, 2022.
Time: Various Times.

Event: General Meeting.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sat., August 20, 2022.
Time: 9.30a.m.

Event: GAW Young Writers’ Forum.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person,
PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sat., August 27, 2022.
Time: 10a.m – 2p.m.

 

September

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sun., Sept. 4, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

Event: International Literacy Day.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Thursday, September 8, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

Event: NEC & Regional
Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date: Tuesday, Sept., 13, 2022.
Time: 3p.m.

Event: Remembrance Day for
Departed Colleagues.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person,
PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Saturday, September 18,
2022.
Time: 5p.m.

Event: 11th Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival (GAWBOFEST).
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): September 20 - 21, 2022.
Time: Various.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

 

October

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sun., Oct. 2, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

Event: Poetry Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & InPerson, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Thurs., Oct. 13, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

Event: Distinguished Authors and
Personalities Lecture Series.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Thurs., Oct. 27, 2022.
Time: 4p.m.

Event: General Meeting.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sat., Oct. 29, 2022.
Time: 9.30a.m.

 

November

Event: GAW Sunday
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6 p.m.

Event: International African
Writers Day (PAWA Day).
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Mon., Nov. 7, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

Event: Book Illustration Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person,
PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Tues., Nov. 15, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

Event: 6th GAW Literary Awards.
Venue: To be announced.
Date(s): Saturday, November 19, 2022.
Time: 6p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

 

December

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sun., Dec. 4, 2021.
Time: 3.30p.m. – 6p.m.

Event: Workshop on Publishing & Marketing.
Venue: Virtual & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Thursday, December 8, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

Event: NEC & Regional
Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.
Time: 3.30p.m.

 

This Month at GAW

JANUARY 2022

Event: ORIENTATION FOR SECRETARIAT STAFF – To underscore
basic office procedures and manners, and guide staff to adjust to
planned activities of the Association within the year.
Date(s): Thursday, January 14, 2022.
Time: 10a.m. -1p.m.

GAW Programmes and Events of the year 2021

Presisdent's Address

Dear friend,

Welcome to the New Year!

I hope you and your relations are doing well. Best wishes of 2021 from me and the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) to you. We hope that 2021 will be kinder to us than 2020.

I am contacting you today so as to inform you about some of our programmes in 2021. It is also to offer my deepest appreciation to you, our donors, partners, supporters, friends and volunteers who were part of our pursuits over the past year and made the year worthwhile, in spite of the difficult days.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our programmes will be offered on digital spaces or virtually. Others will be available in a hybrid or a blended form (virtual and in-person). Virtual programmes will, normally, be accessible via the Zoom Online Chat Platform. The Association is evolving as our digital lives change and we are adapting to new knowledge and experiences. We have made some investments in new technologies and know-hows in order to continue to make the Association relevant and ready for the things you have come to expect. I would like to mention our new Website, www.gaw.org.gh and Online Bookselling/Shopping Platform called AdinkraScrolls, which will be officially launched this February. We have a lot to be thankful for heading into 2021.

I look forward to the support and collaborations that will strengthen, sustain and make us stronger to deliver on our task of “fostering the development of good literature” and “awakening and cultivating literary consciousness of the Ghanaian public.”

If you would like more information about a particular programme or just want to reach out, please email admin@gaw.org.gh On the whole, I am excited to start into 2021 with new ideas and vigour to lead the course of our dear association.

I wish you all the best,

Francis Gbormittah
President, GAW

January

Event: Creative writing for social change: Re-dream a just world.

Date(s): January 27 – February 17, 2021. 

Information: https://www.gaw.org.gh/iwwg

February

Event: GAW Sunday

Venue: PAWA House, Accra.

Date(s): Sunday, February 6, 2022.

Time: 3p.m. – 6p.m.

Information:  https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

March

Event: : Read-A-Ghana-Book Month.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person at various
locations throughout the Month.
Date(s): Various dates throughout the Month.
Time: Various times throughout the Month.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: : GAW Sunday
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Date(s): Sun., March 7, 2021
Time: 4pm – 6pm.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Memoir Writing Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Thursday, March 18.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with one-hour break)

Event: : World Poetry Day.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Event: GAW Young Writers’ Forum.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): : Wednesday, March 24.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: NEC & Regional Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): : Tuesday, March 30.

April

Event: International Children’s Book Day.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Friday, April 2, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Screen Writing Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

Event: World Book and Copyright Day.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person (to be announced).
Date(s): Friday, April 23, 2021.
Time: To be announced.

Event: Distinguished Authors and Personalities Lecture Series.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person (to be announced).
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

May

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person.
Date(s): Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Play Writing Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

Event: General Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In Person.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

June

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, June 6, 2021.
Time: 4pm – 6pm.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: NEC & Regional Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

July

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person.
Date(s): Sunday, July 4, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Information:  https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: GAW Festival of Plays.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In Person (To be announced).
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Distinguished Authors and Personalities Lecture Series.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person (to be announced).
Date(s): To be announced. Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Workshop on Narrative Drive.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

August

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Information:  https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Annual Schools Short Story Competition.
Venue: Various Locations.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Writing in Indigenous Languages.
Venue: To be Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

Event: General Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

Event: NEC & Regional Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

September

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person.
Date(s): Sunday, September 5, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: International Literacy Day.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
Time: To be announced.

Event: Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival (GAWBOFEST).
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Monday & Tuesday, September 20 - 21, 2021.
Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

October

Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, October 3, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Poetry Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

Event: Distinguished Authors and Personalities Lecture Series.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person (to be announced).
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: General Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

November

Event: GAW Sunday
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, November 7, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: African Writers Day (PAWA Day).
Venue: To be announced.
Date(s): Sunday, November 7, 2021.
Time: To be announced.

Event: GAW Annual Literary Awards.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person (to be announced).
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: GAW Congress.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced. Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

December
Event: GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): Sunday, December 5, 2021.
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Information:  https://gaw.org.gh/gaw Event: GAW Young Writers’ Forum.
 Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw Event: Workshop on Publishing & Marketing.
Venue: Virtual & In-Person, PAWA House, Accra.
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced. Event: NEC & Regional Executives Meeting.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom).
Date(s): To be announced.
Time: To be announced.

This Month at GAW

April 2021

Event: : International Children’s Book Day
Venue: President of GAW issues a Statement in the Media (conventional and Social Media Platforms, and on GAW Website) to commemorate the Day.
Date(s): Friday, April 2, 2021.
Information: https://www.gaw.org.gh/international-children-book-day/

Event: : GAW Sunday.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Date(s): Sun., April 4, 2021.
Time: 4p.m. – 6p.m.
Information: https://gaw.org.gh/gaw

Event: Screen Writing Workshop.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Date(s): Thursday, April 15, 2021.
Time: 5p.m. to 7p.m.

Event: : World Book and Copyright Day. GAW marks the day in collaboration with the Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC). There will be lectures (panel discussion) to deliberate on important issues concerning books and the promotion of reading, publication and copyright.
Venue: TBA.
Date(s): Friday, April 23, 2021.
Information:
www.gaw.org.gh

Event: Distinguished Authors and Personalities Lecture Series.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) & In-Person (TBA).
Date(s): Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Time: 5p.m. – 7p.m.
https://gaw.org.gh/gaw