Welcome to Word Oven
Word Oven is a Uganda-based editing company. Started in January 2017, Word Oven recognizes the need to improve the "hygiene” of content coming out of our world of art, the academia, organisations and elsewhere. We also offer translation and graphic design services.
Thank you for passing by!
Ms. Harriet Anena, Managing Editor
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
Sometime in 2009, when I was just three months out of university, I received a job offer as a newspaper sub-editor. Life had suddenly fallen into place. As I packed my bag to leave the uncertainty of life as a freelance journalist in Kitgum District for what appeared like the dream life in Kampala, I didn’t realise I was getting myself into very serious business.
The time of reckoning came when I edited a story and instead of the “to be verb” was, I used is. A word with just two letters, right? But by using “is”, I had changed the facts of the story. Mr A was accused of murder and acquitted, but my edited story read, Mr A is accused of murder. Big blunder and loud thunder of reprimand did I receive from my boss at the time.
I survived a suspension by a whisker, and I have never taken letters and words for granted. It’s been years since I left the newsroom, but the lesson has never been lost. Every letter and word I use has to earn its place on the page. However, sometimes the wrong letter, the wrong word or the wrong number slips in, and seeing the mistake later is akin to eating rice with stones.
And so, this is the catch.
At Word Oven, we know that every piece of writing needs an extra pair of eyes. We know that even the best of writers struggle when putting their thoughts into words. We also know the awkwardness that comes with writing “Minister of Fiancé” instead of “Minister of Finance”.
We know that your end of year report, speech, book, letter or even that Facebook post, can make or break you. Yes! It can be that serious.
So, get in touch with us today, and let us be your editor, graphic designer and translator, or even just an adviser on how to turn that story, idea or thought, into perfect words.
At Word Oven, we bake your words to perfection (at a fee of course).