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 5th Editing and Publishing Training Workshop
The 5th Editing and Publishing Training workshop was held on the 6th – 9th October 2017, at the Country Lake Resort, Garuga, Entebbe.
The workshop was facilitated by Margaret Busby OBE, Hon. FRSL (Nana AkuaAckon). Margaret is a writer, editor, critic and broadcaster who was born in Ghana and educated in Britain.
The workshop featured ten writing and editing professionals from Uganda that have either started or are interested in starting publishing houses.
Workshop topics focused on recommended guidelines for establishing a standard publishing house, and prodded real discussion and concrete solutions addressing the publication, marketing and distribution of African literature.
The 4th Editing and Publishing Training Workshop
The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Jacob Ross (Grenada/UK); a poet, playwright, journalist, novelist, editor and tutor of the Narrative Craft.
Topics included Ideologies/attitudes That Inform the Selection, Commissioning and Editing of Work and Practical Promotions/Marketing Approaches amongst others. The workshop also featured guest speakers, as well as various practical work sessions on creative proofreading and more.
The 3rd Editing and Publishing 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 Editing and Publishing Workshop Alumni, who shared their editorial journies after the previous workshops.