Deadline: 30th November 2019

African Writers Trust is planning a Poetry Training workshop under the topic: Understanding the Business of Poetry to be held at AWT offices, Kyaliwajjala-Namugongo from 3rd -4th December 2019. The training will target emerging poets looking to gain skills in poetry writing and editing, practising poets who wish to explore prospects of publishing their work, and performance poets who wish to grow an excellent brand on the local market. The workshop will be led by one of Uganda’s celebrated poets and Literature professor, Laban Erapu. The training will focus on directing and stimulating participants to improve their craft.

Workshop Description:

The workshop will explore understanding the business of poetry, offer in-depth discussion on how to grow a brand as a poet, and how to make money from poetry. In addition, the training will involve assignments, performances and readings. Furthermore, the workshop will consider such broad questions as:

  1. Finding your poetic voice
  2. Performance poetry/spoken word
  3. Editing your poetry
  4. Publishing locally and internationally


  1. Training, professional guidance and support to grow and produce better work

The workshop leader alongside other guest speakers will engage the participants in rigorous workshop exercises and sessions that will enable them hone their craft.

  1. Q & A sessions

The Q & A sessions will allow participants adequate time to interact with the workshop leader and the guest speakers in order to gain a better understanding of the topics discussed. The speakers will share their personal experiences and offer tips that have enabled them to thrive in their respective capacities.

  1. Performances & readings

The participants will be required to perform and read from their works to crown off the two-day training. The material to be presented will come from what the participants will have created during the workshop.

 Who can participate?

  • Emerging poets looking to gain skills in poetry writing and editing
  • Practising poets who wish to explore prospects of publishing their work
  • Performance poets who wish to grow an excellent brand.


The opportunity to network and interact with fellow poets from different locations and with different backgrounds.

The opportunity to discover what you can achieve with your writing and talent

The opportunity to learn about writing and publishing prospects for poets

The opportunity to present your work in form of writing and spoken word and get immediate feedback from fellow poets.


You will be required to pay a participation fee of UGX 150,000 OR USD40 to 0775 685909 (Mark Edson Akampurira). The fee entitles you to:

Meals and refreshments for two days (3rd and 4th December), including:

  • Morning break tea with a snack
  • Lunch with water or soft drink
  • Workshop materials include: Pen, paper, handouts.

How to apply

Please click on the link below to download the Application Form

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