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By Foster Benjamin

Malawi Union of Academic and Non Fiction Authors (Muana) President Ron Muphuwa has urged non-fiction writers to strive for quality as well as create relevant work as part of contributing towards the country’s knowledge economy.

Muphuwa said this in Dedza on Sunday at the end of a two-day training workshop on professional writing.

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“We noted a knowledge gap towards creative non-fiction. So, we invited some of our members to be fully equipped in quality writing to make an impact towards knowledge economy.

“We have been doing professional translation and editing before but now we are much more into press releases and newsletters, among other contents. This will not only add value to their personal lives but also to their workplaces since they will put some of these best practices into their career,” he said.

Muana’s Vice Board Chairperson, Max Iphani, who was a lead facilitator, stressed the need to build institutional self-awareness in a creative nonfiction set-up.

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“There are multiple ways of building institutional self-awareness such as press releases, newsletters, communication strategies and media promotion. This will translate into a vibrant reading and writing culture,” Iphani, a former Director of Education Materials and Development in the Ministry of Education, said.

One of the participants, writer Grace Sharra, said she felt so privileged to hone new skills for her personal growth.

“I learnt a lot from both the presentations and different perspectives from other attendees. I will utilise the knowledge gained to up my writing career not only for my self-development but also for the development of the country,” Sharra, a teacher by profession, said.

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