Established in 2009, African Writers Trust is a non-profit body, which coordinates and brings together African writers in the Diaspora and their counterparts on the continent to promote mutual sharing of skills and other resources, and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. AWT is governed by an Advisory Board and administered by the Director. It is operational in London, United Kingdom and in Kampala, Uganda. AWT’s work is sponsored through donor funding, philanthropists, friends and supporters of African writing.
AWT rose out of a need to build a body that would connect, support and promote interaction between African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent. Increasingly, many African writers live and work in the Diaspora. However, there are limited opportunities for writers in the Diaspora to interact with their counterparts who live and work on the continent. AWT aims to facilitate and put in place structures that encourage synergism, writing development and publishing prospects