Futures in the Making
a new project from Olumide Popoola


Futures in the Making is a free creative writing workshop series for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) emerging writers wishing to deepen their writing practice, with particular invitation to aspiring LGBTQ writers of colour.

Funded by Arts Council England and led by Olumide Popoola, this opportunity will offer 12 emerging or aspiring prose writers space to write in a supportive environment, individual feedback on their creative work, an invitation to attend three sessions with industry experts on professional possibilities in the field of writing and the chance to share their work in a showcase at a central venue with established poets and writers, Joelle Taylor and Keith Jarrett.

Interested? 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 (see dates below)

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.

The deadline to apply is Thursday 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, unless otherwise indicated.  Please only apply if you are able to attend these workshops.


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, though all will be held in London)
Wednesday 13 June 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 20 June 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 27 June 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 11 July 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 18 July 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 1 August 2018 (location tbc)

— Summer break —

Wednesday 19 September 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 26 September 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 17 October 2018: Islington Central Library
Wednesday 31 October 2018: Islington Central Library

photo of Olumide Popoola © Deborah Moses-Sanks


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