Twenty-five African writers participated in the First Edition of the ‘Uganda International Writers’ Conference,’ in March 2013. The conference was themed: Dialogue Across the Diaspora, Across the Continent.’ It offered two activities: panel conversations which provided rich, stimulating discussions, and training sessions on digital writing and how to use social media as a writing development tool. Participating international writers came from Malawi, Liberia, DR Congo, Kenya, Ghana, The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.
African Writers Trust held its second edition of the Uganda International Writers Conference themed “Memoir and Truth”, from the 2nd – 6th March 2015. The conference drew 30 participants from Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, the UK, the US and Canada.
The four day event involved sessions on several topics including Space and Identity in African Writing, and The Rise of Digital Literature and Publishing. It also included a keynote address by renowned South African writer, Prof. Zakes Mda, a visit to indigenous writing organization, FEMRITE, and a literary evening of readings and recitals that was open to the public.