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(From The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM)
Byline: Joseph Ngunjiri
For a long time, writers and publishing houses have been at loggerheads regarding the standard benchmark for creative writing.
While writers would complain that publishing houses do not give their manuscripts due consideration, publishers would respond that writers submit works that do not measure up to the required standards.
At the core of this misunderstanding is the question of whether writers are equipped with the requisite writing skills. A survey by Lifestyle revealed that there are many budding writers looking for opportunities to hone their writing skills.
These writers are often frustrated by lack of training opportunities. And in the absence of these opportunities, the market has witnessed a proliferation of "training bureaus" which have extensively advertised their services in the media. The advertised training offers often come with the promise to assist aspiring writers to publish their …