HOT OPPORTUNITY: AFRICAN WRITERS TRUST & BRITISH COUNCIL INFORMATIVE SEMINAR

Registration deadline: Sunday, 16th October 2022

The world of publishing can be overwhelming and confusing for many writers. Knowing which publishing path to take can be an uphill task. For many writers who plan to self-publish, or to submit their manuscripts to mainstream publishing houses for consideration, it is not easy to choose which option to go with. Additionally, recent publishing trends have created more opportunities, such as Online and E-Publishing, using different platforms, such as social media. Writers need to understand how to navigate the available options so as to reach their publishing goals.

When it comes to practising editors and publishers, many lack the information, knowledge and skills to pursue a profitable and rewarding career in these fields; and, or, edit or publish their clients’ work to internationally acceptable standards.

Furthermore, readers are the most important component in the book’s life cycle; yet most times, they are not included in the writing and publishing ecosystem. Readers determine the success of any book. It’s crucial, therefore, to consider them when discussing book matters.

The two-day seminar will elaborate on who the people in the writing and publishing ecosystem are, their roles, importance, and how they can all work together to produce good literature. The seminar will be led by leading experts in the sector, including established writers, professional editors & publishers, and tutors of creative writing. The discussions will focus on the entire book cycle, starting with the creation of the book (writing, editing &publishing) to the production of the book (cover design, text layout, & printing) ending with the reception of the book (selling, marketing and promotion).

Who can participate?

The seminar will be open to Ugandan practising writers, editors, publishers and readers who wish to develop a career as professional writers, editors and publishers.

Duration:

The seminar will run from 19th to 20th October 2022 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Venue:

The seminar will be held at the British Council offices at Plot 4 Windsor Loop, Off Kira Road, Kampala (close to the Ugandan Museum).

Benefits:

i) Participants will be equipped with practical and relevant information to enable them navigate through the world of writing, editing, publishing and marketing books.

ii) The opportunity to develop a culture and knowledge for reading and analysing literary texts

iii) Participants will interact and network with peers and key players in the industry, so as to forge meaningful networks and future collaborations

Costs:

Each participant will be required to pay a subsidised fee of UGX 100,000.  The fee entitles you to:

  • Breakfast and lunch for two days
  • A free copy of Kololo Hill by Neema Shah
  • Seminar sessions

How to participate

To register, fill in the google form here.

How to pay

You may pay using: Airtel money (+256 753 033086) or MTN mobile money (+256 775 685909). All registered as Mark Akampurira Edson.

Registration deadline: Sunday 16th October 2022

For enquiries please contact: Racheal Kizza, on +256 752 570573 and info@africanwriterstrust.org/kizzaatawt@gmail.com

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