Talent Development Programme 

 Call for participants 

We are looking for talented writers and illustrators!

 Deadline Wednesday 15 January at 12:00 (Brussels Time, GMT+1) 

A series of workshops in various municipal libraries offering strategies to pay attention to diversity.


1/01/2020 - 30/06/2020

Libraries workshops

Digital storytelling workshops for children and young adults in Berlin schools.

Germany, Berlin

1/02/2020- 31/05/2020

School workshops

This programme will guide six talented writers and illustrators from six different European countries to produce inclusive stories for children. Each participant will be matched to a mentor, who is an experienced author or illustrator. During the programme, the participants will follow workshops and online masterclasses to deepen their knowledge of inclusive storytelling. 

1/02/2020- 23/10/2022

Talent development programme

Presentation of the project, its goals and activities to the professional audience

Italy, Bologna

30/03/2020 - 2/04/2020

B2B meeting at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 

Participants of the Talent Development Programme are able to follow online masterclasses while working on their inclusive stories. In these masterclasses, international experts will share their knowledge on and experience with storytelling, writing and drawing inclusive stories, transmedia, and other topics. Assignments will be connected to the masterclasses.

Netherlands, Amsterdam

1/04/2020 - 30/09/2020

Online masterclasses - Talent Development Programme

Visitor’s programme inviting publishers to discover the project and its selected talents.

Slovenia, Ljubljana

10/06/2020 - 12/06/2020

3-days fellowship for international book professionals

Offering book professionals a charter text and specific tools to work on inclusion.

Germany, Frankfurt

14/10/2020 - 18/10/2020

Presentation of inclusion charter at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020

Residencies in a partner country are a part of the Talent Development Programme. Participants will have the chance to further develop their story while staying in another European country. This will be a period of two weeks, in which the participants will also get the chance to meet and learn from international experts within the literary field. 

Belgium, Antwerp

1/01/2021 - 30/06/2021

Residencies for writers and illustrators

Presentation of the progress of our activities and our talents to a professional audience.

Italy, Bologna

29/03/2021 - 30/04/2021

B2B meeting Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2021

Zagreb Book Festival 2021. will feature a whole program line dedicated to pointing out the importance of inclusion in literature. This will be done through organizing several events such as panel discussion themed Books: windows and mirrors of the world or as author events with an established inclusive writer presenting his work and sharing his/her experiences about this field of literature.

Croatia, Zagreb

24/05/2021 - 29/05/2021

Author events at Zagreb Book Festival 2021

throughout the festival week, several events with diverse authors will be organized in Zagreb schools, libraries, and bookstores. The idea behind them is to share experiences, teach about the importance of tolerance, the role of inclusive books in developing tolerance and empathy and motivate young people from minority groups to create and others to consume this kind of literature

Croatia, Zagreb

24/05/2021 - 29/05/2021

Inclusive books presentation and author events in schools, libraries, and bookstores


The writers and illustrators that participated in our Talent Development Programme will get the chance to present their new, inclusive stories to an audience of international publishers and other organizations within the literary field.

Germany, Frankfurt

20/10/2021 - 24/10/2021

Book pitching at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The promotion of manuscripts created by participants of the Talent development program will be promoted at Zagreb Book Festival 2022. All of the participants and mentors will have an opportunity to talk about their experiences working in the program and read or show parts of their work. 

Croatia, Zagreb

23/05/2022 - 28/05/2022

Author events at Zagreb Book Festival 2022

All of the participants will have an opportunity to talk about their experiences working in the program to students, kids, and young adults through several events organized in schools, libraries, and bookstores. This kind of communication will be more intimate and will potentially allow significant exchange between authors and the audience.

Croatia, Zagreb

23/05/2022 - 28/05/2022

Author events in schools, libraries, and bookstores

To finish the Talent Development Programme, the participants will give a multimedia presentation of their inclusive stories. Their stories and books will be pitched to a wider audience of publishers and other interested parties from different countries.

Germany, Frankfurt

19/10/2022 - 23/10/2022

Presentation of the stories produced by the talent development programme at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Final presentation of the project to a professional audience.

Germany, Frankfurt

19/10/2022 - 19/10/2022

B2B meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022

Reporting about our achievements, past activities and possible perspectives for the future.

Germany, Frankfurt

20/10/2022 - 20/10/2022

Press conference 

Past activities

Opening conference

19. Nov. 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 

Lisbon, Portugal.