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Kunda Londa

March 2019

Is studying the Comprehensive Creative Writing Course

Kunda Londa"In 1990, I took a home-study salesmanship course with the National School of Salesmanship* of United Kingdom. Little did I know that this course would lead into some writing interest later.

"The practical sales course enabled me to work for some interesting and exciting companies in Zambia, one of them being a popular tabloid newspaper, The Post. It is here that I met some of the best journalists of our country.

"I was particularly influenced by two writers, one satirist under the pen name Kalaki and a humorous short story writer Edem. These two aroused my serious interest in becoming a writer. But where would I start from?

"I decided to try and self-publish a book in Icibemba language by merely teaching myself from what I read about writing.

"One day, I recognized an address of one advertisement asking people to become writers placed in a newspaper which was the same as that of the National School of Salesmanship, except this time the name of the institution was The Writers Bureau.

"I knew the writing courses would be just as impactful as the business one I had done earlier on and that I would one day enrol for a writing course.

"But then, so many twists and turns in life so much so that I ignored the latent desire for writing for a while. Freelancing was alien to me.

"In 2018, I came across the same comprehensive writing course advertisement on the internet, but this time, I decided to enrol with The Writers Bureau immediately. As expected, this was the right decision, for freelance or full-time writing skills!

"Fast forward, I have just completed the non-fiction part of the course and I had seven articles published in our national newspaper, The Times of Zambia; three pieces have been published in The Independent Observer Zambia while many articles have been submitted to various print and online magazines for possible publication.

"I am working on revising my self-published book so that the second edition will include all the professional advice given by The Writers Bureau tutors.

"I have submitted to a publisher, my proposed non-fiction book, The Unga Tribe of Bangweulu Swamps - More than just Fishermen, which I wish to complete in the next twelve months with increased confidence. Thanks to the guidance offered by The Writers Bureau.

"I have since started a blog, swampytales where I highlight the life, culture and traditions of the Unga tribe of the Bangweulu swamps of Zambia.

"The Writers Bureau courses are easy to follow, whether English is your second language. My tutors have been extremely helpful, giving insightful and personal advice that naturally leads you from one step to the other."


* The National School of Salesmanship (NSS) is now called Systematic Training and Trading and is the parent company of The Writers Bureau. (NSS was originally set up in 1931). The salesmanship course that Kunda took has been updated and is now offered by our sister college Business Training. You can find further details of the Professional Sales Techniques course here.

Annemarie Munro Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2022

"I have seen my writing journey as an adventure: What can I write? What am I best at? What new aspects of writing can I discover and contribute towards? I have welcomed the wide range of modules covering different types of writing, challenging me to try new aspects in style and content, pushing me gently outside my comfort zone with encouragement.

"I signed up for the course in December 2020 as a Christmas present to myself and I started the first module in January 2021. I have had eight pieces published: three paid earning £1080 and a star letter where I won a £250 hotel voucher."

Annemarie Munro - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2022

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