HOHE Women Writers Forum together with its partners, willbring nationally and internationally renowned and local women writers to present workshops, discussions, readings, performances and talks.  Through the forum we are working to create more spaces for women of all ages and from many walks of life to be inspired by published women writers to take the risk of writing and sharing their own stores.

The forum will create opportunity to network with other women trying to write, struggling with the changing publishing landscape, celebrating successes. The forum will be organized on a regular manner throughout the year having different themes with the main aim of celebrating the creative talents of women writers and nourishing women’s creative expression. We encourage girls and young women to share their perspective in public sphere on contemporary issues.


Beginning November 2016

A monthly literary seminary beginning November 2016 will be held. The literary seminar provides a platform for literature-based creative thinking and knowledge sharing. We invite educators, community and arts organizations, emerging writers, as well as the public to participate. We will assess the literary works of prominent authors in the country.

We will document the outcome of the discussion so that it will inform upcoming award topics and themes. We will also try to disseminate the proceedings to larger audience.

All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC unless otherwise indicated!

Venues to be confirmed


June 22-30, 2017

HOHE International Literary Festival (HILF) will bring a weeklong literary extravaganza filled with readings, workshops, and book signings. HILF features hundreds of appearances by local, nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions.

HOHE International Literary Festival celebrates the power of the written word to challenge, transport and transform us, while bringing together our community in conversation.

Modeled after successful book festivals in other communities throughout the world, the HILFbrings together acclaimed authors with readers and book lovers.

HILF presents fascinating literary personalities who will read their work, talk about their craft and take part in discussions with other writers and audience members.

We also include training and networking sessions for industry professionals and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC unless otherwise indicated!

Venues to be confirmed


April 17-24 2017

Beginning 2017 HOHE Children’s Book Week will be held every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. It was created for the sole purpose of encouraging children to read, and connecting them with authors of the books they read.

In a week that will include more than 20 entertaining events including;

  • Primary school children reading competition,
  • Essay and poetry competition,
  • Children’s Choice Book Awards: an award created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a life-long love of reading. Winners are announced during Children’s Book Week

During the Children’s Book Week friends, family, and the community at large are encouraged to come out and support our budding authors. Authors will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional giveaways will be available. A wide selection of books will be available for purchase at the event.

HOHE Award will help in advancing reading culture in Ethiopia

According to the EGRA 2010, family members helping children with their homework was the highest predictor of reading fluency across both urban and rural settings and at all income levels. This implies that all children, irrespective of their background will have greater reading and writing abilities if the learning environment outside of school is supportive. The best opportunity to teach children the skills of reading is in the early grades (1–3), or earlier if possible. Children who successfully learn to read in the early primary years of school are well prepared to read for learning and for pleasure. On the other hand, those who struggle with reading difficulties in grades 1 to 3 are at a serious disadvantage. Academically, they have a much harder time keeping up with their peers and they increasingly fall behind in other subjects. Also in their life skill, nurtured readers have the incentive to lead their leisure time too positively; indeed it is at their disposal to govern the world so familiarly as well as they can be governed amenable to democratic values in various endeavors.

The current status of reading skills particularly among children, suggests that significant interventions in the quality of reading instruction and the provision of reading materials are necessary. In response to this challenge, governments, local and international communities are striving to change the situation.

HOHE Award will be organized on annual bases to select books considered to have had a very high literary merit. But also through out the year there will be several events planned to improve the reading culture among the youth and children in particular. This includes organizing seminars on regular bases, short-term trainings, children reading competition in selected primary schools, working with book clubs and publishers to support new authors to produce their literary works. It is with this in view that HOHE Awards is initiated to contribute for the advancement of reading culture in Ethiopia.

Why promoting reading?

Skills in reading enable learners to benefit from educational activities, and to participate fully in the social and economic activities in which they take part. In addition, reading is fundamental to progress and success in all other school subjects.

To function in today’s highly globalized world interlinked with social media we are getting lots of information everyday beyond our capacity to process. There needs a well thought out reading skill required in our day-to-day life. Hence, we need to outcompete digital literacy by nurturing deliberate reading skills as well as promoting authorship.  Thereby with a developed literary culture, we can undoubtedly chart out the optimization of digital literacy as a way to play proactively for any possible reactionary traits of digital realm. There are many adults who cannot read and write. According to CIA world fact book 2015, adult literacy rate (age 15 and over can read and right) in Ethiopia is 39%, male 49.1 and female 28.9%. Based on the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) conducted in eight regions in Ethiopia in 2010 through USAID/Ethiopia support showed shocking results in oral reading fluency and reading comprehension among lower grade primary school children. Students were found to be slow readers and not understand well what they read. The study says that the majority of children are still learning the alphabet in grade 3. That’s is why improving the reading outcome of children has become the public policy concern for the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and other development partners like USAID that have initiated programs like READ.

Reading is essential prerequisite to thrive in this fast world! We have used tremendous amount of reading in our day-to-day routine, beginning from filling out applications of various kinds, reading road or traffic signs to following a map. With out reading all our day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted become a source of frustration, anger and fear.

Finding a good job heavily relies in one’s reading skill as a vital mechanism to perform well in many well paying jobs as they require reading as part of the work. There are tons of emails, reports, memos that must be read and responded too. Inadequate habit for reading increases the time required to process information’s and reacts in the workplace. Without a reading skill some one has limitation to accomplish his/her tasks successfully.

Reading helps us to learn listening. Lack of listening skill can result in major misunderstandings, which can lead to job loss, marriage breakup, and other disasters – small and great. Reading helps children and adults to focus on what someone else is communicating.

Reading is one of the ways, which helps to discover new things. Books, newspapers, magazines and even the Internet are great learning tools, which require the ability to read and comprehend the text. A person who knows how to read can educate himself or herself in any area of life that they are interested in. We live in an age where we overflow with information, but reading is the main way to take advantage of it.

Most importantly reading is vital in developing a good self-image. Non-readers or poor readers often have low opinions about themselves and their abilities. Often times they feel as if the world is against them. They feel isolated and behavior problems can surface.  To our worry, they will take a lifetime refuge in deep and sometimes trivial suspicion. They can perform poorly in other subjects because they cannot read and understand the material and so tend to “give up.” Also, readers are predisposed to be rational other than to be driven by aggressive emotive feelings.

Also, reading helps to expand the vocabulary. Reading new words puts them in their mind for later use. Seeing how words are used in different contexts can give a better understanding of the word usage and definitions than the cold facts of a dictionary.

There is an old saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Ideas written down have changed the destiny of men and nations for better or worse. The flow of ideas cannot be stopped. We need to read and research to build on the good ideas and expose the bad ideas before they bring destruction.

Finally, why is reading important? Reading is important because words – spoken and written – are the building blocks of life. You are, right now, the result of words that you have heard or read and believed about yourself.