African Writers Trust held its 3rd Editorial and publishing Training workshop (EPT3), from 26th-30th October 2015 at Forest Cottages, Bukoto, in Kampala.
Twelve participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Somalia benefited from 5 days of intensive training facilitated by James Woodhouse, a UK based professional editor, publisher, literary agent with over 12 years of experience in the editorial and publishing world; and Innocent Kubebea Ouma, (Kenya) the founding Director of The Flip Experts, a digital Publishing company in Kenya.
James took the participants through a hands-on process of editing,
from when an editor receives a manuscript, to the point when that manuscript actually becomes a book. The participants were able to directly apply these skills on the pieces of writing they had carried with them.
Innocent, the co-trainer, delivered a detailed session on digital publishing which entailed conversion of print-ready files into e-formats, the legal aspects of digital publishing, and e-marketing and distribution among others. Guest speaker, Melissa Kyeyune (Uganda) of Khamel Publishers further demonstrated on e-marketing and distribution.
Three Alumni of the AWT Editorial and Publishing Training Workshops :Crystal .B. Rutangye and Nyana Kakoma from Uganda; and Otieno Owino from Kenya shared their editorial journeys with the participants.
The workshop was closed by a dinner at Jazzville, a jazz club in Bugolobi, Kampala, where the team danced the night a way to a live band.