Black Gay Ink-creative writing development scheme for Black LGBTQ+ men

Black Gay Ink is a creative writing development scheme (from October 2019 to March 2020) for emerging Black gay writers based in London, delivered by T. Fairclough run in association with Spread the Word and funded by ​Arts Council England.

It is a series of free workshops and masterclasses tailored specifically for Black gay men, aimed at developing your writing and knowledge of the publishing industry.These workshops will be facilitated by T. Fairclough. Six masterclasses will be delivered by Paul Boakye, Olumide Poopola, Rikki Beadle Blair with more speakers to be confirmed, including sessions led by Spread the Word and Arts Council England.

Topics covered will include:

  • Writing & Identity
  • Writing for the Internet
  • Writing as a career
  • Funding opportunities for writers
  • Tips on getting a publisher

All workshops and masterclasses will be held at Spread the Word and will culminate in a new writing showcase event at The Albany in South London. More details on this free public event will be announced closer to the time.

Who is it for?

Black Gay Ink aims to provide a safe space where Black gay men can meet, share, and express their stories and experiences through writing. It is open to emerging writers based in London, writing across different genres. It will be beneficial to Black gay men who are seeking to develop their creative work and knowledge about the publishing industry, and learn how to pursue writing as a future career.

It will be free to attend and there will be a limited number of travel bursaries.



11:59pm on 11 October.

Workshop / masterclass dates (all sessions will run from 2-4pm)

Saturday 26 October
Saturday 9 November
Saturday 23 November
Saturday 14 December
Saturday 11 January
Saturday 25 January
Saturday 8 Februaryr
Saturday 22 February
Saturday 14 March
Saturday 28 March
Showcase date: Saturday 29 February 2020 at The Albany. Timings to be confirmed closer to the event.

Published on:
2 Oct 2019


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