Registration deadline: Wednesday, 1st March 2023.

The African Writers Trust Informative Seminar on Emerging Trends in Writing & Publishing Practices will take place from 6th to 8th March 2023 at Hotsprings Villas in Kampala, Uganda. Discussions will centre around current practices and trends in the writing and publishing ecosystem, focusing on legal aspects governing the writing and publishing industry, publishing across cultures, across borders, and the role of writers in tackling the global climate change crisis.

Guest Speaker

Rachelle Atalla, Scottish-Egyptian novelist, short story writer and screenwriter will be the Guest Speaker. Her debut novel The Pharmacist was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 2022 to critical acclaim, and her second novel Thirsty Animals will be published in spring of 2023. Her short stories have been published widely, she is the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and she also co-edited Scotland’s leading literary anthology New Writing Scotland for three years.

Rachelle’s first short film screenplay Trifle was commissioned by the Scottish Film & Talent Network, appearing at BAFTA and Oscar qualifying film festivals, and in 2021 she was selected to participate in the Young Films Foundation Skye Residency Programme, developing her first feature-length screenplay with BBC Film.

Rachelle Atalla (Photographer: Andrew Lowe)

Who can participate?

The seminar will be open to writers, book editors, bloggers, readers and publishers who wish to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the current trends in writing and publishing.


The seminar will run from 6th to 8th March, 2023.


The seminar will be held at Hotsprings Villas, Ndejje off Entebbe Road, in Uganda.


i). You will be equipped with practical and current information on the new trends and practices in the book industry to enable you navigate the ever- changing world of book writing, editing, publishing and marketing ecosystem.

ii). You will join the conversation exploring the role of literature in tackling the global climate change crisis, and understand how, as a writer, you  creatively respond to the climate change effects.

iii). You will interact and network with peers and key players in the book sector, and have the opportunity to forge meaningful networks and future collaborations.


Each participant will be required to pay a subsidised fee of UGX 250,000.  The fee entitles you to:

  • Full board accommodation at Hotsprings Villas for two nights (including bed, breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • A free copy of A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate and  ‘The Perfect Girl, the Prostitute, and Other Stories’ by  CC Adetula
  • Access to Seminar sessions
  • Barbeque with music and dancing

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.
  • For international participants, you may use Money Gram, Western Union or bank transfer.

Registration deadline: Wednesday 1st March, 2023.

For enquiries please contact: Racheal Kizza, on +256 752 570573 and

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