Deadline is extended: Open Call for Write in Armenia 2020-2021 International Writing Camp for

Taking into account numerous requests ARI Literature Foundation in Armenia and its partner Kalem Kultur Association in Turkey are extending the  deadline until 1 October 2020.

The ARI Literature Foundation in Armenia and its partner Kalem Kultur Association in Turkey are delighted to offer a creative writing experience opportunity for young writers from Armenia and Turkey. The 2020 edition of Write in Armenia is subtitled The Power of Cultural Diplomacy: Literature without Borders

‘Write in Armenia’ International Writing Camp creates an opportunity for young writers to get together in a seven-day extensive program to learn from each other and about each other. The model of the camp is developed in cooperation with Between the Lines program of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa. The camp will be led by professional tutors and acclaimed writers from both participant countries.

The program will consist of lectures on literature and other creative disciplines, writing sessions both in English and native languages, sessions on photo, video or onstage performances, playwriting, slam poetry; team building and communication exercises, readings, group discussions, National 101 days, cultural tours, and a lot of fun.

The working language of the camp is English.

The implementation of the program will depend on the pandemic situation: if travel restrictions are lifted, it will be held in an off-line format in Armenia; if travel restrictions are in place it will be held in an on-line format.

In case the program is held in an off-line format, the organizers will cover travel expenses, lodging and meals for the whole period of the program. Program participants will be responsible for their own visa arrangements and visa-related expenses.

The results of the selection and the dates of the camp will be finalized in October 2020, and the selected participants will be notified additionally on the timeline and the format of the camp. Presumably, it will be conducted either in late autumn of 2020 or in spring of 2021, pending the developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and the opening of borders.


Applicants should be:

  • 18 – 24 years old on the date of applying
  • Functionally fluent in English
  • Strong interest in writing as a future career

Application process:

  • Completed application form (in English)
  • Motivation letter (in English). Please elaborate on the role of cultural diplomacy in the dialogue between Armenia and Turkey
  • Resume (in English)
  • Writing sample: 250-500 words of fiction or 25-50 lines for poetry (in your native language)
  • Writing sample: min 200 words of fiction or 20 lines of poetry (in English)

To apply please submit the documents below to the both of the following addresses: [email protected] and [email protected].

Deadline for submitting applications is October 1, 2020.

Male writers are highly encouraged to apply

*Incomplete applications will be disregarded.


This activity takes place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process: Stage 3” programme, funded by the European Union.