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Grooming young writers

African Writers Trust, a non-profit organisation, recently held a one-day workshop hoping to mentor 20 young writers from three universities.

The writers are students of Uganda Christian University Mukono, Makerere University and Kyambogo University.

The workshop was a follow-up of last year’s writing competition and four-day workshop, which saw 18 students from the three universities gaining creative writing skills. The winner from last year’s competition, Daniel Omara, walked away with Shs 300,000.

African Writers Trust, founded by Gorretti Kyomuhendo in 2009, aims at bringing together and supporting African writers on the continent and in the diaspora.

Kyomuhendo, a novelist, told the students that writers have the potential of being successful in Uganda but they have to have passion to realize their dreams.

“Successful writers are failures who never accept to fail,” said Kyomuhendo, encouraging the students to be patient.

During the session, the young writers were taught the basics of writing and informed of writing opportunities in Uganda and abroad.

Prominent writers such as Dr Susan Kiguli and Jackee Batanda of the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University attended the workshop.

“Many African parents don’t appreciate writing as a career that could make one wealthy or respectable,” lamented Batanda.

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