The Project (long version)

Are you an emerging or aspiring LGBTQ prose writer looking for a supportive environment to take your writing to the next level? This scheme could be for you!

Diverse voices are still under-represented in the publishing arena and with Futures in the Making we want to provide a space where you can try out and develop your work. It is important to hear diverse voices and stories and make them part of the canon.

 

Futures in the Making is a free creative writing workshop series (prose) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) emerging writers wishing to deepen their writing practice. It is funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.

LGBTQ writers of colour are particularly invited to apply.

 

10 interlinked workshops are held at Central Islington Library (with outings to another location when necessary) and will include 3 sessions with industry experts on professional possibilities in the field of writing. There will be two opportunities for individual feedback on work the writers are producing during the scheme. The series will culminate in a showcase at a central venue with established poets and writers, Joelle Taylor and Keith Jarrett.

 

To enter, you must:

  • be 18 years or older

  • submit a piece of prose between 500 - 1000 words

  • submit a short paragraph (max 500 words) why you want to be part of the scheme at this particular time in your writing life

  • self-identify as LGBTQ

  • be available to attend the 10 sessions held on Wednesday evenings.

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You can have some publishing experience but this is a scheme for emerging writers who want to develop and who would like some direction on how to take their writing to the next level.

 

You must NOT:

  • have had a book published (chapbook or full-length)

  • been widely published in anthologies, journals, magazines, or newspapers

  • have had your work broadcast or performed

  • have a publishing contract or agent

  • be enrolled in a creative writing programme at a university.

 

Applications close on 10 May 2018 at 5pm.

 

 

The workshops will be held at Islington Central Library 2 Fieldway Cres, Highbury East, London N5 1PF on 10 Wednesday evenings between June and November 2018. 

Please only apply if you are able to attend workshops on a Wednesday evening in Islington.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Futures in the Making is a free creative writing workshop series. The workshops cannot be taken on a one-off basis. The scheme will not offer representation, publishing deals or other professional writing opportunities but writers will gain insights in some of those areas.

The shortlisting for participants will be done by Spread the Word, one of our partners, and the project leader, writer Olumide Popoola.

 

The workshop dates

(subject to change where necessary)

13 June 2018 Islington Central Library

20 June 2018 Islington Central Library

27 June 2018 Islington Central Library

11 July 2018 Islington Central Library

18 July 2018 Islington Central Library

1 August 2018 Islington Pride (at Islington Museum)

-- Summer break --

19 September 2018 Islington Central Library (with Prof Tessa McWatt)

26 September 2018 Islington central Library

17 October 2018 Islington Central Library

31 October 2018 Islington Central Library

Summary

  • 12 participants (writers)

  • 10 consecutive workshops, including 3 sessions with industry experts 

  • 2 opportunities for individual feedback 

  • 1 showcase with established performers and writers Keith Jarrett and Joelle Taylor

  • 2 access grants should you require assistance to be able to participate

 
Application
 
Thanks for your interest in Futures in the Making. We would love to have you onboard! 
Please have a look at the Terms and Conditions to see if this scheme is for you.  

To enter, you must:

  • be 18 years or older

  • submit a piece of prose between 500 - 1000 words (this can be an extract of a longer piece)

  • submit a short paragraph (max 500 words) why you want to be part of the scheme at this particular time in your writing life

  • self-identify as LGBTQ

  • be available to attend the 10 sessions held on a Wednesday evening.

 

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