About Us

History

By God’s inspiration, Writers Guild Kenya was founded as a Students’ Club on 16th June, 2014 in Kenyatta University by ‘the Father of Writers’ – Gabriel Dinda. In his quest to grow in writing (his passion), he was met with  challenges and hence decided to solve them sustainably by creating a family of Writers. By then it was called ‘Writers Guild’ until March 2015 when it was formally registered as an Incubation Centre and Publisher in Kenya under the name Writers Guild Kenya (WGK). Since then, WGK has acted as a home of writers bonded with the love of a family and the goal of uniting a people. The family aims for one thing; to grow writing and encourage reading in a bid to serve God and humanity.

What We Treasure The Most

1. Service to God and Humanity

If whatever we do doesn’t give glory to God, and does not make another human being feel better and indeed be better, then there is no need of doing it. The two can only go hand in hand.

2. Family and Friendship

It all comes down to being loved, appreciated and feeling genuinely happy. That only happens in a family and friendly environment. Diversity is a form of progress which we embrace through friends and family.

3. Lets Keep Trying

Few things happen at the first instance; the more we try, the closer we get to achieving it. In all that we desire, we embrace the trial and error method. It is only until we tried that we can try again. Through encouraging and respecting one’s abilities, we tap into the talents and the ideas of our writers.

4. One book a fortnight

If reading was not important, then God would have not kept his word in writing. Our commitment is to read at least one book, two hours a day, each week, all year round

5. Connecting with Nature

If it means reading in the bush or preserving nature for the next generation, we believe that’s our role. We are always reaching out to tomorrow through contemplation and evaluation.

Key Milestones

2014

  • Writers Guild is registered as a club in Kenyatta University.
  • WGK publishes two issues of All Senses Magazine (meant to create a platform for writers).
  •  WGK founds The Campanile Magazine (a Publication of Kenyatta University Students Council) and publishes Career Focus Magazine on behalf of Kenyatta University Career Office.
  • WGK wins the award for ‘Most Promising Entrepreneurial Venture’ by Africa Liberty Organization for Africa (Uganda).
  •  WGK Collaborates with VibeCampo and starts a Writers Club in Eldoret (based in Moi University).
  • Registers 72 Writers to its incubation Centre.

2015

  • WGK Founder, Gabriel Dinda, wins Top 25 under 25 Entrepreneurship Award.
  • WGK initiates Passion Academy to offer specialized Training to writers.
  • Starts Writers clubs in Mombasa and Kakamega.
  • Recruits 213 Writers to the Writers Incubation Centre.
  • Organizes 14 ‘Intervarsity Passion Cocktail Parties’, in different locations in Kenya to create a platform to grow young people.
  • Writers Guild Kenya is formally registered as a company (Incubation Centre and Publisher).
  • Salome Nthenya, one of the Writers in the Academy wins a continental writing award.

2016

  •  Moves offices to Nairobi town, I & M Building, for easy access.
  • Publishes ‘Through the Journey of Hope’, a poetry anthology by WGK.
  • Initiates and organizes 37 editions of Writers Ekklesia, a weekly writers’ meeting.
  •  Recruits 402 Writers to the Incubation Centre.
  •  Offers content services to Strathmore University, Kenyatta University, ACCA, Kenya.
  • Employs 18 Writers on different projects.

2017

  • Partners with National Museums of Kenya to encourage writing and reading with a view to preserving Kenya’s heritage.
  • Partners with John Kaheni Residence (our training Centre).
  • Organizes 44 Writers Ekklesia sessions and four Writers Workshops.
  • Publishes 5 books by our authors (products of the Incubation Centre).
  • Employs 33 Writers on different projects.
  • Streamlines communications with Writers across Kenya.
  •  Hit 10,000 following mark in Social Media

2018

  • Partners with the Kenya National Library Services for more book events.
  • Publishes 8 more books by home-grown writers.
  • Hits 20,000 following (readership on Social Media)
  • Celebrates 4 years of hope.
  • Partners with Kenya Publishers Association for more Publishing engagements.