Call for Applications: Editors and Writers Training Workshop.

Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA)’s Writers Lounge in collaboration with African Writer’s Trust (AWT) will host a writers and editors workshop for budding writers, sub-editor/ editors and book editors in Dar es Salaam. The workshop will be held from 9-11 March 2016 at Eco Sanaa Terrace, Mikocheni B. The workshop will be crowned by a Writers Conversation and Public Reading from Goretti Kyomuhendo, a Ugandan writer, and Executive Director of AWT, Professor Timothy Wangusa, a renowned Ugandan poet and novelist and upcoming poet, Zuhura Saad Seng’enge, from Tanzania on Friday March 11, 2016 starting 6.00p.m.

The workshop will combine the idea of creative writing, editorial skills training, and making a livelihood from writing. Professor Wangusa will deliver   a Masterclass on Understanding the Writer and Editor Relationship. The workshop will be facilitated in English.

This is a non-residential workshop that will start at 9.00 -4.30 pm. Participants are expected to come to the workshop with the tools of their trade: Pen and notepad or laptop. WIFI is available at workshop venue.

The Workshop aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide creative writing skills development to the budding writers.
  • To provide creative insight on editorial skills to writers.
  • To provide a platform that can enable editors and writers from writing spaces in Tanzania to network.
  • To introduce budding writers to the idea of self -editing.
  • To enhance knowledge exchange between budding writers and more established writers in East Africa

Applications are invited from upcoming writers, book editors and print media (sub editors/ editors) from Dar es Salaam. Twenty writers will be selected; gender will be considered.

   Application Guidelines
Send your application to copied to including the following:

  1. Your name, and gender
  2. Your contact address (email and telephone )
  3. A brief bio of not more than 200 words
  4. A Letter of Motivation (not more than 300 words) stating:
  • In what capacity you are applying (writer or editor/sub editor)
  • How you believe this workshop will benefit you and your writing/editing career
  • How you believe your participation would be beneficial to the print media or publishing industry of Tanzania
  1. A sample (500 words) of the piece you plan to bring along to the training
  2. All successful applicants will be expected to be fully present for the entire duration of the workshop


  • Submission of a piece of creative writing; poem or short story to print media or an online literary platform for publication e.g. e Kalamu magazine, Wewrite, VijanaFM and others such as Commonwealth Writers and Jalada

The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, 19th February 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

 For more information or queries please contact:

Culture and Development East Africa at: copied to

About CDEA

Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) is a Creative Think Tank that provides services to artists, cultural leaders, creative entrepreneurs, cultural officers and urban planners, development and corporate organizations, civil society organizations and academics in cultural development and development planning &implementation in Tanzania, and wider East African Region.

About AWT

Established in 2009, African Writers Trust (AWT) is a body that brings together African writers and publishing professionals in the Diaspora with their counterparts on the continent to promote mutual sharing of skills and other resources, and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups.  AWT vision is to create an environment that nurtures writing, reading, publishing and promotion of African writers.  Under this mandate, the organisation runs programmes that support writing and publishing in Africa, including editorial skills development.

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