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By CLC Kenya

Writing Classes 2020-2021

Impacting lives with Christian literature – From Africa to Africa and Beyond…

Introduction to Writing

Whether you’re a beginner looking for answers to basic questions or a frequently-published writer with years of experience, every writer will benefit from having a writing mentor.

To complete the manuscript and graduate to the publishing phase, you will need to complete:

  • Level 1: The Beginner Class – at the end of which you will have the first draft, and
  • Level 2: The Advanced Class (at the end of which you will have a refined final manuscript.

You should be able to complete the two courses in 13 weeks if you are fully committed to the process, assignments, and the actual writing of your book.

You can also choose a 6-months timeline, a 1-year timeline, a 1.5-years timeline, and a 2-years maximum timeline with self-pace. ***Disclaimer: past 13 weeks, the class is self-paced – this is set up with explainer videos throughout the course and therefore no face-to-face weekly mentorship.

The choice is in your hands, well, head! 

Let’s get to the writing!

Introduction To Writing Class

Writing your book is a critical step towards getting published. Writing is the best way to share an idea or story that matters to you, while at the same time impacting the life of someone else. A simple book that you actually get to write is better than an awesome one that you dream of writing and is still in your head. Most people have a dream of writing a book but never realize it. This is why we are here today, now! To make sure that the book makes it out of your head into your word processor. 

In this process, you should expect to get an accountability mentor towards completing your book. As much as no one likes criticism, if you’re aiming at being an outstanding writer and eventually a bestseller, positive criticism is an absolute necessity.
Regardless of your reason for writing, at some point, you will also need affirmation of some sort. When writers receive less than admirable praise, they can dwell on the critique rather than a glowing 5-star review. The reason a writing mentor is vital towards your growth is that we provide critical feedback specifically towards the writing craft. By shredding your work now, we will help you develop the thick skin needed when you release your work for your readers’ consumption.
HOW will writing mentorship benefit you?
1. Inspiration and Motivation
Although writing is often a solitary act, the creative energy to write cannot thrive in a vacuum. Input from someone outside of your writing process can breathe the needed life into your work and spark new ideas.
2. Honest feedback
Every writer, no matter how experienced, needs a reader to show them when something isn’t working. Every now and then in the writing journey, you will need someone to point out the gaps in your story or concept or even someone to gently remind you, “You’ve done that before. You should try something else.”
3. Professional development
Writing is as much a business as it is a creative endeavor, so it’s important to stay aware of new developments in the field. As your mentors, we will share information or point you in the right direction so you can do your own research. This will ensure that you remain relevant to the changing trends in the writing and distribution of your content. 
4. Accountability
It’s easy to fool yourself out of writing or give up all together especially when you hit a dry spell – and believe me, you will hit one too many of those moments. As your mentors, we will help you set clear goals and then check to make sure you’re meeting them.
5. Emotional support
As you continue in your journey of writing, you will face rejection on a regular basis. When no one wants your book, and others are not writing back or you’ve run out of things to write. It’s crucial to have someone you trust telling you, “Yes, it’s hard but you have to keep going anyway.”

Class Requirements

Setting our expectations is important to help both parties involved understand their role and what they’re responsible for. These guidelines are aimed at fostering confidence in you and in your writing project. You can monitor yourself and take more responsibility for your process and learning. The more time you spend on the tasks and expectations, the better and smoother your writing journey gets.

Time Commitment – This is for you to write, do the assignments, and meet the deadlines.

Meetings Attendance – This is both online and convened meetings to enhance fellowship and collaboration.

Step by Step – Please go through the class in the steps allocated and finish one step before moving on to the next one. The class is designed to ensure you have a draft manuscript if followed as outlined.

Financial Investment – To enable us to get the tools we need to facilitate the class for you, in this class, the investment of Kes 15,000 (a subsidy from Kes 45,000) should be made to CLC Kenya as per the invoices issued. 

WHAT is the STRUCTURE of the class? (UPDATED*)

1. 13 weeks’ program.

2. Videos and articles per week with assignments for each week.

3. Submission of assignments once every week and before the next class with feedback on what to improve on.

4. A group convened class once every week with an opportunity for questions and answers from your mentor(s).

5. One or more guest webinar speakers who are established-authors to encourage you on your journey of writing.

6. Graduation on the 14th week – some will have grown as writers and others will be at an advanced stage to present shining and richer manuscripts.

7. 10% discount for authors self-publishing with CLC Kenya within six-twelve months post-class.

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    Meet The Team

    The Team

    Here’s the amazing team of missioners, trainers and volunteers who keep our programs going! 

    Muthoni Omukhango

    Lead Trainer

    Helen Matarimo

    Administrative Assistant

    Jackline Ingasian

    Programs Coordinator

    Paul Macharia

    Head of Publishing & Programs

    James Munyao

    Head of Printing

    Abiah Adnah McKenna

    Media Assistant, Volunteer

    Patrick Omukhango

    R&D Director, Volunteer

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    Previous Classes

    In partnership with CLC Kenya’s Authors Collaboration, 6 writers started their writing journey in March 2021. At the end of 14 weeks, 1 writer successfully finished her manuscript and is ready to be published. 

    In partnership with Pearl Radio, 10 writers started their writing journey in November 2020. At the end of 13 weeks, 3 writers successfully finished their manuscripts and are ready to be published. 

    In partnership with CLC Kenya’s Authors Collaboration, 10 writers started their writing journey in January 2020. At the end of 13 weeks, 1 writer successfully finished her manuscript and is ready to be published. 

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