About Warsha

Etisalat Award Workshop for Children’s Books Inspiring a

New Generation of Arabic Young Adult and Children’s Books 

“Warsha” is a pioneering initiative launched by the Etisalat Award in 2013 on its fifth anniversary. This initiative aims to discover and nurture a new generation of Arab talents in the field of children's books, including authors, illustrators, and publishers who target the age group between 0 and 18 years old.

Heralding a major leap forward in the promotion of authentic Arabic children’s literature, The Etisalat Award allocated 300,000 dirhams for “Warsha” initiative, which aim is to support and inspire a new generation of writers, illustrators, and publishers who are passionate about creating Arabic books for children and young adults in the infant to 18 year age range.

The goal is to motivate the creation of short stories, picture books, and novels that offer children doorways to fantastic and imaginary worlds and that and ultimately instil a love of Arabic books into the hearts of children for generations to come.

This innovative programme will offer workshops in Illustration, Writing, and Publishing with the aim of building the capacities of young individuals in the creation of books that are both rooted in local Arabic culture and that soar to meet international standards. The workshops will be presented in the UAE and abroad by internationally acclaimed trainers and specialists in the fields of Children’s and Young Adult literature.

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