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Olumide Popoola. Photo credit: Deborah Moses-Sanks.

Olumide Popoola will be teaching a workshop for LGBTQ writers in London, funded by ACE and themed “The Future Is Back.” The Nigerian-German author of When We Speak of Nothing began the initiative in March 2018, selecting twelve writers whose works were showcased at Gay’s the Word. For the 2019 edition, ten participants will be selected. There will be access grants for potential participants. The deadline for applications is 1 May 2019.

Here is the announcement on Spread the Word:

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Olumide will be running this project again. The Future is back – and we would love as many prose LGBTQ+ writers across London to apply for this scheme.

The selected 10 participants will receive a series of creative writing (prose) workshops led by Olumide Popoola, an invitation to attend two special guest sessions: ‘Writing for Performance’ with Namita Elizabeth Chakrabarty and ‘From Activist Poetry to Eco Poetics’ with Saradha Soobrayen.

Participants will also be invited to attend 1 zine making workshop,  access to expert sessions (covering publishing, university and funding), feedback on their work and the opportunity to share their work at a live showcase.

Eligibility & Entry Guidelines

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 sessions held on Wednesday evenings (see dates below)

Given that the scheme is for emerging writers, ineligible writers include those who:

  • have had a book published (chapbook or full-length)
  • have been widely published in anthologies, journals, magazines, or newspapers
  • have had their work broadcast or performed
  • have a publishing contract or agent
  • are currently enrolled in a creative writing programme at a university.

Successful applicants will be notified on 14 May 2019.

Workshop Details

Venue: Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Cres, Highbury East, London N5 1PF.

Time: 6:00 – 7:45 pm.

Dates: Wednesday 5 June | Wednesday 12 June | Wednesday 17 July | Wednesday 31 July | Wednesday 4 September | Wednesday 18 September | Wednesday 2 October | Wednesday 16 October | Wednesday 30 October

APPLY HERE.

 

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Otosirieze is Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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