So you want to be a successful writer making tons of dosh? Usually the process in Kenya for many a writer is to write a manuscript and go knocking on the doors of several publishers. If it is half decent the publisher takes it on and after several months/years of edits and rewrites the product is ready. After cover design the writer will sit back and wait for their accolades (Saturday Nation interview, Book Review on KTN breakfast, Prizes galore) and mad cash.
Unfortunately, it rarely if ever works out that way. The book is never seen again after it leaves the printer. The aspiring writer notes that there is no schism he/was expecting while the same writers hog the headlines when they cough or change hairstyles.
So how is an aspiring writer to get in the game? That is what the Daystar Creatives Academy is about. It is a 12 week course that is happening at the Daystar University where writer wannabes can meet with some of the more well known writers in the business and taught how to get in and survive. The course includes some of the more well known fellows including Anthony T. Gitonga, Kinyanjui Kombani, Richard Crompton, Muthoni Likimani, Alex Nderitu, John Sibi-Okumu, Kap Kirwok, Winnie Thuku-Craig, Ken Walibora, Julius Sigei, Stanley Gazemba, Nganga Mbugua and Terryanne Chebet. For more information on the course please follow the event’s official Facebook page.