UFWA is a membership-based Christian Organisation and therefore the spiritual lives of our members are of utmost importance. We believe that when the connection with God is alive and thriving, that’s when inspiration flows freely and creativity is at its best.
A retreat is simply a day or a weekend organised and subsidised for the members to ‘retreat’ to their place of quiet and once again rekindle/maintain the flame of their relationship with God. It is a place to find direction as God intervenes in a writer’s creative process like a breath of fresh air. It is also where members get to spend more than an evening together in sweet fellowship and they also have more of an opportunity to discuss their writing at length with each other. On many occasions we have visiting speakers to contribute their spiritual wisdom and writing knowledge to the members.
We encourage our members to make a note of these dates in their diaries so that they can get the chance enjoy the benefits of the Writing Retreats themselves.
We hold monthly meeting on the last Thursday of every month at our premises in Kisaasi, Kampala. It is here that the members get to share any new projects they are writing on and thereby receive advice from their fellow writers. The work members produce during QG is always considered for publication in a yearly anthology produced by UFWA.
On a yearly basis, we make an effort to hold a minimum of four workshops to facilitate our members in their calling as writers. We have partners who we work with and they are always willing to help with the running of these workshops. WE aim to make sure that our members are nurtured as writers as well as spiritual beings and these workshops offer a balance of writing and spirituality as well as advice on how members can maintain this balance.
These go hand-in-hand with our Spiritual Retreats and it benefits our members to always have a prayer life that is alive with the resurrection life of Christ. We do not encourage a mere religious act that is performed out of a sense of duty but rather a heartfelt and spirit-engaged communication with our Father through the Holy Spirit. We therefore make sure that these retreats feed the writer’s soul specifically so that this true communion can be maintained even in our writing.
We offer first class editorial and proofreading services for both individuals and organisations at competitive rates. We try to cover both nonfiction and fiction, and we will always sit with the client and give our honest assessment of our confidence in whatever subject matter is offered us. ‘Professionalism and excellence’ is our motto and we always deliver high quality work within the timeframe set by the client.
This is the cornerstone of our organisation. It fits into our objective to ‘nurture’ writers and our deepest desire is to publish work that is of an international standard while at the same time allowing writers to grow instead of just mastering technique.
Our books are a result of our publishing arm, QUIET GARDEN PUBLISHING, which grew from the Quiet Garden Fellowship of the same name at which the members meet on a monthly basis to share their work.
We plan to continue to publish innovative, entertaining, thought-provoking, and insightful Christian literature with a view to branching out into other forms of literature under our soon to be launched sister publishing arm, QUIET PLACE PUBLISHING.