AWT believes that the role and input of a professional editor is as important as that of a writer in ensuring the success of a good book. In this regard, we established an Editorial and Publishing programme in 2012, targeting East African book editors, proof-readers and publishers. The first phase comprised two Training and Editorial Skills Development Workshops, held in Kampala in May, 2012, and June, 2014.
The 3rd edition of the Editorial and Training workshop was held at
Forest Cottage, Bukoto, in Kampala from 26th-30th October, 2015.The most important goal of this workshop was to develop the skills of African writers and editors who wish to pursue a future in the publishing industry. Fifteen selected writers and editors from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Somalia participated.
The Workshop was facilitated by two trainers, James Woodhouse (UK), a professional editor with over 12 years of experience with Penguin Group South Africa, Kwela Books and Adamastor among others and Innocent Kubebea Ouma (Kenya), the Founding Director of The Flip Experts, a digital publishing company in Kenya.
The 5 days’ workshop also had sessions which included African Writers Trust Editorial Workshop Alumni, who shared their editorial journey after the previous workshops.