Professional Profile of RK
Web pages: http://writingprowess.blogspot.com/
MAIN PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Screenwriting, Media writing and editing, Creative/literary writing, Specialized writing, Corporate communications, Organizational Management, Project Management, Leadership skills, Fundraising, Marketing and Product promotions
(1) Communication and English Language Skills: My greatest asset is the command of efficient communication skills, good interpersonal skills, modern management techniques, and the ability to manage fast-paced projects. I possess diverse professional work experience in the Media Arts, Communications, Publishing, Management and Administration. I possess technical and professional qualifications in English language, and I speak and write it excellently.
(2) Creativity and Multi-talent: In addition to being a professional/technical editor and writer in publishing/media projects, I am a multi-talented, highly creative person, with training and proven experience in several genres of literary writing (short stories, drama, poetry). I have several years of demonstrable experience in Leadership and Managerial positions as Consultant Editor, Proof-reader, Publications Officer, and Administrator in several reputable organizations, both local and international.
(3) Computer Skills: I am fully competent in the computer applications of MS Word, MS Excel, Power Point Presentation, Quick Books, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Final Draft, basic Avid Movie Editing, backend Content Management Systems (CMS), writing and editing website content.
2005/2007: MASTERS OF FINE ARTS (MFA) in Screenwriting, Boston University (Distinction). GPA: 3.93 Film Specialties: Script Analysis/story development; Coverage; Adaptation; Advanced Screenwriting; Directing the Theatrical and Television Film; Video Production I; Acting for Directors and Writers; French New Wave; Screenplay as Dramatic Literature, American Masterworks.
2001:POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA in Media Management, University of Stirling, United Kingdom Course Specialties: Media Economics, Media Environment, Organizational Behavior, Mass Media Research Methods; Media Policy and Regulation, Strategic Management, Marketing Communications
1997: BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (Upper Division)-HONS, Makerere University Literature Specialties: Literature, Sociology, Political Science Literature Specialties: Art of Communication; Creative Writing; Literary Criticism; Drama; Oral Literature; Introduction to Literary Criticism; Language and Style.
Sociology Specialties: Sociological Theory; Industrial Sociology; Methods of Social Investigation and Statistics; Rural Sociology; Introduction to Social Concepts and Theories; Comparative Social Institutions.
Political Science Specialties: Introduction to Political Science; Introduction to the Political Economy of East Africa.
1992:DIPLOMA in Secondary Education, Institute of Teacher Education (Kyambogo University) Course Specialties: Development Studies; Education; Educational Psychology; School Practice; English Language; Literature.
(1) Certificate in Leadership Skills, African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), 1999 Course Specialties: Lobbying & Advocacy Skills, Assertiveness Skills & Development of Self Esteem, Feminist Theory & Practice, Fundamental Practices of Leadership, Conceptualizing Gender in Africa & Gender Analysis, Personal Empowerment & Empowering Managers, Career Development, Creative Thinking, Strategic Thinking & Planning, Presentation Skills, Fundraising Strategies (2) Certificate in Project Planning and Management, Institute of Adult and Continuing Education, Makerere University, 1996 Course Specialties: Project Proposal Writing, Feasibility Study Writing; Project Identification, Planning, & Analysis; Work Planning; Budgeting/Financial Analysis; Project Implementation; Monitoring & Evaluation; Environmental Impact Assessment; Policy Development; Management/Administration
2008: Independent Communications Consultant/MFA Graduate
2007: Script Juror/Volunteer Coordinator, Boston International Film Festival Duties: Leading meetings, organizing media communications, film shows, guest listings, ticket sales, and made progress reports. The Film Festival featured thirty two (32) screening sessions, and hosted more than ninety (90) motion picture exhibitors, including directors, actors critics, and other relevant professionals in the Media and Arts circles. My recommended scripts as Script Juror, were considered for development/film production. The Boston International Film Festival is a non-profit arts organization which annually showcases a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers worldwide. http://bifilmfestival.com/
Fall 2006-Spring 2007: Editor, African Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University
Project: African Leaders State of Africa Report (2006). This project involved technically editing, proofreading, and fact-checking of fifteen (15) country reports by African leaders, using the Chicago Manual Style. I completed the project as per the requirements of my contract. Effective February 2007, The African Leaders State of Africa Report was published and launched in the US and distributed to several other countries
Spring 2006: Teaching Assistant, Screenwriting II COM FT 411, College of Communication, Boston University Duties: I was a Screenwriting Graduate Tutor for the undergraduate class, Screenwriting II COM FT 411, College of Communication, Boston University. I guided about fifteen (15) students in group discussions, grading of scripts, making comments and follow-ups. I also assisted the Professors in lecture preparations, Screenwriting tutorials, presentations, film screening, and general administration duties.
2005-2006: Staff Writer, The Comment Faculty Magazine, College of Communication, Boston University Duties: Writing assigned journalistic articles for ‘The Comment’ Magazine. My article, ‘Paying the Price’, was published in the hard copy of ‘The Comment’ (2006), p.p 34-37. LINK: http://www.bu.edu/com/comment/library/downloads/2006_comment.pdf
2005: Editor, Fountain Publishers, Kampala-Uganda
Project: Uganda Districts Information Handbook, 2005-2006
I was responsible for editing seventy-seven (77) district reports, making technical adjustments on general presentation, data correctness/fact-checking, querying writers, proofing, and liaising with the Publishing Manager to ensure the handbook was publishable.
2004: Editorial Consultant, Fountain Publishers, Kampala-Uganda
Project: Kampala City Tourist Map, 2004
I was assigned the task of compiling the ‘Kampala City Tourist Map’, detailing facts and figures that included climate, banking services, telecommunications, hotels and resorts, travel, manufacturing, transportation, tourist attractions, educational institutions, and other relevant data for an international visitor to the capital. I successfully completed the project.
2004: Editorial Consultant, Fountain Publishers, Kampala-Uganda
Project: Uganda Guide Map, 2004
I compiled quick country facts about Uganda, which included climate, political history, major airports and airlines, languages, public holidays, banks and financial services, hours of business, transport, telecommunications, culture, tourist attractions, historical and cultural landmarks, regional and district information, population, educational and research institutions. I completed all assigned tasks.
2003-2004: Consultant Editor, Akright Projects
Project: Dream House Magazine
I was responsible for starting this project from scratch. I chaired an Editorial Board of eight (8) members, fourteen (14) writers, and a unit of professional photographers and artists. and My duties included conducting background media/pre-publication market research; managing communications; technical data analysis and presentation into a market research document with facts and figures; formulating the magazine article plan; planning stories; recruiting writers and photographers; conducting special editorial interviews; contributing articles as Staff Writer; editing and proofreading submissions; leading editorial meetings; coordinating pre-press and the production process. Dream House Magazine was launched in Uganda, and also distributed at the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) Convention, September 2004.
04/2002- 02/2004: Communications Manager, Prime Media Communications Ltd.
Duties: Managing Media and Corporate Communications activities; coordinating conference and workshop activities; compiling and editing materials for consultancy magazines and other publications; playing a networking and public relations role; liaising with clients for editing and design services.
2002-2003: Publications Officer, Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)
Project: Women’s Peace Monitor, 2002, and other Isis-WICCE Reports and Publications
I was responsible for initiating Women’s Peace Monitor, originating media marketing concepts/materials; leading Editorial meetings; editing research projects and workshop reports; gathering information; article contributions as Staff Writer; coordinating media; compiling and editing other reports and publications.
05/2000-08/2000: Visiting Academic Associate, African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town Duties: Completing The Final Push, a gender-based drama writing project for the African Gender Institute, as a major contribution in the understanding of Gender issues on the African continent. Currently, I am adapting this play into film.
1997-1999: Administrator, The Uganda National Non-Governmental (NGO) Organizations Forum
Duties: Setting up a proper and transparent administration system; ensuring efficient and effective systems operations; handling all documentation/communications, and records updating; ensuring proper accounting of all day-to-day expenditure and monthly reporting of financial movements; logistics; organizing the Annual General Meeting; thematic conferences & workshops; representing the NGO Forum when required; and managing other staff. During my tenure, I successfully organized two Annual General meetings, six (6) regional conferences, and over twenty (20) thematic and special interest group workshops.
SUMMARY OF OTHER MEDIA WORK/WRITING CREDITS: My regular contribution of articles and poems to several Magazines and journals of local and international significance is well documented. Notable works have been featured in The Comment Magazine; Dream House Magazine; Women’s Peace Monitor; Arise; The Educational Magazine; International Anti-corruption Theatre Movement (IATM) Festival Magazine; and international journals like Southern African Feminist Review (SAFERE), an established academic journal within Southern Africa and the continent. My published journalistic portfolio includes up to seventeen articles in major magazines/journals; a dozen poems; editorial interviews, news items, and commentaries. I was also the blurb writer for A Lingering Pain (2002), a video documentary on women’s experiences in armed conflict, produced by Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE). I originated strategic campaign materials for Action for Development, and those of Isis-WICCE, during the 2002 Women’s Worlds Congress of 2002/ 5th Know-How Conference. For the same events, Isis-WICCE commissioned me to write and perform We Claim our Space, a dramatic poem on the struggles of women. Video recordings and writing samples are available upon request.
PUBLISHED BOOKS: (1) The Bridge, 2005, The Playwrights Publishing Co., 2005, Nottingham, UK (E-book) (2)Songs of the Third Life, 2000, CreaMA Productions Ltd. (3) Echoes of Her Voice, 1999, MK Publishers UNPUBLISHED WORKS: Three (3) Feature film screenplays; three (3) short screenplays; fifteen (15) plays, and a collection of over one-hundred (100) poems, highlighting social justice and the contemporary struggles for women’s rights in the context of developing countries.
ART & DIRECTING PROFILE: My art performance and directing profile includes acting in twelve (12) stage plays; directing six (6) theatre productions; and acting in two (2) television dramas series.
MEDIA APPEARANCES/REVIEWS: My media appearances as featured guest and/or reviews of my works includes international coverage in the countries of South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Media reviews of my works of literature have included Cape Times, South Africa; The Educational Magazine, MK Publishers (U) Ltd.; Moto Magazine, Zimbabwe; International Anti-Corruption Festival Magazine; The New Vision Newspaper (Uganda); The Monitor Newspaper (Uganda); and Inter Press Service (IPS), Harare-Zimbabwe. Major broadcasting programs that have hosted me are Fine Music Radio, South Africa; Cape Town Lab; Writers’ Dawn Program/Artistes Variety Show, Uganda Broadcasting Service; and Radio Uganda.
CITATIONS AND ONLINE LINKS TO MY WORKS
http://www.bu.edu/aparc/report/2006/full-report-2006.pdf (African Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University-USA)
http://www.bu.edu/com/comment/library/downloads/2006_comment.pdf (Boston University-USA)
http://web.uct.ac.za/org/agi/pubs/newsletters/vol7/assocs.htm (University of Cape Town, African Gender Institute-South Africa)
http://web.uct.ac.za/org/agi/pubs/newsletters/vol5/lead5.htm (University of Cape Town, African Gender Institute-South Africa)
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/36/466.html (Inter Press Service –IPS, Harare-Zimbabwe)
http://web.uct.ac.za/org/agi/progs/ass-%20abstracts.htm (University of Cape Town, African Gender Institute-South Africa)
http://www.word-power.co.uk/books/the-bridge-I9781873130384/ (Word Power Books, UK)
http://www.iiav.nl/ezines/DivTs/WomenPeaceMonitor/20012002/Vol1&2.pdf (Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange-Uganda; Manila-Philippines; Santiago-Chile)
http://www.ajol.info/sitemap.php?jid=143 (Southern Africa Feminist review, Harare-Zimbabwe)
AFFILIATIONS & VOLUNTARY WORK: Over the years, I have held several positions of civic and social responsibility. Between 9/1999 – 3/2002, I served as Board Member/Publications Contact Person, International Anti-Corruption Theatre Movement; 5/1998 – 5/2000, I was the Chairperson, Young Artists Theatre and Film Project; 5/1996 – 5/1998, I served as General Secretary, Uganda Women Writers’ Association (FEMRITE); 1997, I founded Bugongi-Rukukuru Women’s Development Project; 1/1995 – 1/1997, I Chaired the Information & Documentation Unit -Action for Development (ACFODE); 1995-1996, I was the Chairperson, Fellowship and Entertainment Committee, Makerere University Literature Association; 1994-1995, I was the Chairperson, Interdisciplinary Committee, Makerere University Literature Association. I am an Alumna of the African Women’s Leadership Institute, Akina Mama wa Afrika.
SUMMARY OF PAPERS WRITTEN & PRESENTED
1) March 15, 2003: The Mark of a Professional Instructor; Realine Polytechnic Staff Seminar, Kampala, Uganda
2) August 2000: The Long Journey Towards Gendered Social Transformation, based on the ‘The Final Push’ play, The African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa
3) July 4, 2000: Woman and The Pen: Facing the Challenge; the 5th Session of The BLAC Seminar Series, Center For the Book, Cape Town, South Africa
4) August 5, 2000: Woman and The Pen: Facing the Challenge; Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare-Zimbabwe
5) August 1999: The Role of Feminism in “Echoes of Her Voice” Short Stories; International Writers’ Panel, The Book Café, Zimbabwe International Book Fair
6) May 1999: Performing Arts and the Gender Question; the 3rd International African People’s Conference in Bulawayo-Zimbabwe
7) October 26-28, 1999: The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Fighting Corruption; the International Anti-Corruption Theatre Movement Outreach activities, Rukungiri District, South Western Uganda
8)1999: Advocacy for Strategic Gender Needs Analysis in the Empowerment of Rural Women; African Women’s Leadership Institute, Akina Mama wa Afrika, Kampala, Uganda
9) 1996: The Challenges of a Female Writer, Women Writers’ Workshop, Uganda National Cultural Center, Kampala, Uganda
10) 1993: English as a Subject and Medium, concept paper on English Language, the National English Conference, and published in Tell-3, Language Teaching Resource Center Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda OUTSTANDING AWARDS AND MERITS (1) Meritorious Graduate Student, MFA in Screenwriting, Boston University (2005- 2007); (2) International Peace Scholarship from PEO International Sisterhood-USA (2006); (3) First Prize in Short Stories, National Book Trust of Uganda (2000); (4) Visiting Academic Associate, African Gender Institute-University of Cape Town, South Africa (2000); (5) Editor’s Choice Award, National Library of Poetry, USA (1995); (6) Best Actress of the Year, Nkozi Theatre Group- Uganda, (1991/1992); (7) Certificate of Merit, Poetry & Short stories, Makerere University
STATEMENT: I certify that all the information given above is correct. RK (2008)