About African Writers Trust

What is African Writers Trust?

Established in 2009, the African Writers Trust is a body that aims to bridge the divide between African writers and publishing professionals living in the Diaspora and on the continent, bringing them together in order to promote synergies and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. We have bases in London, UK and Kampala, Uganda where the organization is registered as a non for profit.

Why was AWT set up?

AWT rose out of a need to build a body that would connect, support and promote interaction between African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent. Increasingly, many African writers live and work in the Diaspora. However, there are limited opportunities for writers in the Diaspora to interact with their counterparts who live and work on the continent. AWT aims to facilitate and put in place structures that encourage synergism, writing development and publishing prospects

An environment that nurtures writing, reading, publishing and promotion of African writers.

Mission Statement
To build and sustain a strong supportive network of African writers in Africa and the Diaspora.


  1. To facilitate cross-cultural exchange between writers on the continent and writers in the Diaspora
  2. To build strategic alliances with key stakeholders that promote African writers and their works
  3.  To enhance the capacity of African writers and editors who wish to pursue a career in the Publishing Industry

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