In partnership with the Ford Foundation, each year the Villa Albertine welcomes cultural professionals from the African continent for residencies in the United States. Hemley Boum, a multi-award-winning French-Cameroonian writer, will be in residence in San Francisco in September 2023.

The writer will organize writing workshops entitled “Writing Migration“. These workshops will enable participants’ work to resonate with the French-speaking communities of San Francisco and the Bay Area. They will highlight migratory paths and links with the French language, while benefiting from the guidance of an internationally-renowned writer.

The workshops will also provide an opportunity to present the “French for All” program, which aims to make learning the French language accessible to as many people as possible in the United States, from kindergarten to higher education. A specific component of the program targets French-speaking students from Africa and the Caribbean who have recently arrived in the United States, called the “French Heritage Language Program“.

The workshops will take place at Oakland’s Francophone Charter School and are open to all, free of charge. To participate, simply send a short paragraph to Hemley Boum, explaining your motivations, to the following address: Entries will be open until August 15.

Finally, to round off her visit, Hemley Boum will be taking part in Litquake, the largest independent literature festival on the West Coast. A reading of works from the workshops will take place on Saturday October 21 at the Bissap Baobab restaurant.

When: From September 26 until October 20
Where: Francophone Charter School of Oakland, 9736 Lawlor St, Oakland
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