A Day with Dr. Tom Odhiambo: Come with a Manuscript, leave with a book.

Writers Guild-Kenya: Manuscript Polishing Workshop (1 Day)

Do you have a manuscript that’s ready to shine?

This one-day workshop, led by experienced editor, writer, literary critic and University Don Dr. Tom Odhiambo, assisted by other professionals from Writers Guild-Kenya, will equip you with the tools and techniques to elevate your manuscript from good to great.

When?  13th April 2024

Where? Passionist Retreat Centre, Karen.

Time? 8am-5.30pm

How much?

  • Ksh. 3,500 for Writers Guild-Kenya Members
  • Ksh. 4,500 for Non-Members.

What’s more? All meals provided, and a good time in a peaceful ambience, conducive for your writing.

Anything else?  Free publishing consultation to all participants

Who should attend?

  •  writers with completed manuscripts
  • Writers seeking to strengthen their self-editing skills.
  • Anyone looking to improve their overall manuscript quality, writing skills.

Workshop Agenda:

Morning Session (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

  • Welcome & Introductions: Meet the facilitators and fellow writers, discuss your writing goals.
  • The Art of Self-Editing: Learn proven strategies for self-evaluating your manuscript, including clarity, consistency, and character development.
  • Grammar & Punctuation Masterclass: Brush up on the fundamentals to eliminate errors and enhance readability.
  • Dialogue that Sizzles: Craft powerful and engaging dialogue that brings your characters to life.
  • Plot Powerhouse: Identify and address plot holes, pacing issues, and ensure a satisfying story arc.

Lunch Break (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)

Afternoon Session (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

  • Show, Don’t Tell: Master the art of descriptive writing to immerse your readers in your world.
  • Critique & Feedback Exchange: Participate in a supportive workshop environment where you can receive constructive feedback and offer insights on fellow writers’ work. (Optional: Bring a short excerpt for anonymous feedback)
  • Publishing Q&A: Writers Guild-Kenya experts answer your burning questions about the publishing landscape in Kenya and beyond.
  • Wrap-Up & Resources: Celebrate your achievements, gain valuable resources, and network with fellow writers.


  • Space is limited! Register online at https://forms.gle/5GcHzoXBsFKFZNc57 or contact Writers Guild-Kenya at write@writersguild.co.ke or +254748055879.

Additional Information:

  • Writers are encouraged to bring their polished manuscripts (electronic or hard copy) for reference.
  • Sumptuous Breakfast, lunch and exit tea will be provided.

Join us and take your manuscript to the next level!


By Writers Guild-Kenya: The World awaits your story.


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