Are you an up and coming Kenyan writer and have no idea to do with what you’ve written or how to grow to the point where your works can be published? There are many organisations, initiatives that have come together specifically for you. Most have forums where you can share with other writers and have programmes where you can gain technical knowledge.

KWANI?

This is a platform that will give you access to great resources both animate and inanimate. You can check out their website for more since they always have something coming up.

Email contact: info@kwani.org

StoryMoja

The organisers of the annual Hay festival have set out to promote a reading culture in the country, a child at a time. Like KWANI, StoryMoja also publishes and trains young writers. There are writing contests posted on their website every so often.

Email contact: info@storymojaafrica.co.ke

Hisia Zangu

A group of writers and poets, after sharing the stage for long and swapping notes on facebook decided to meet and critique each other’s work. They meet in town at Posta Towers on the third Sunday of every month. Check out their facebook page for more details.

Email contact: hisiazangupoetry@gmail.com

AMKA Space

This is a forum for women writers that meet regularly at the Goethe institute. It is also an opportunity to grow as a young female writer through networking and sharing of knowledge.

Email contact: amka@gmail.com

Wamathai.com

This is an online platform that allows budding and mature writers to post their stories, poems and thoughts. One can open a profile and post as often as one wishes. Your works will reach the many people using the platform as well as through its social websites.

Email contact: hello@wamathai.com

Are there are other platforms that support up and coming writers that we should add here?

3 thoughts on “Platforms for up and coming Kenyan writers

  1. This is lovely,

    Do you have any events or workshops coming up where local authors come together and interact?

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