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The Future is back - connecting practice


The Future is Back is a FREE online creative writing and mentoring scheme for UK-based LGBTQ+ writers. Black and brown folks are especially invited to apply. 

It is funded by Arts Council England, with Spread the Word and Central Islington Library as main partners.

The scheme is to help writers who wish to take their craft to the next level by providing a safe, supportive and stimulating environment, and giving insight into the professional writing world.

Black and brown writers are especially encouraged to apply!

Connecting Practice will focus on growing our writing practice and learning from other writers about their approaches, techniques and methods. 

The 10 workshops are connected and explore the craft of writing. You’ll give feedback to others' works, and receive feedback on your own writing. 

Our guest sessions are conversations between established writers, reflecting on their work, how they connect with others, their process and practice, and their unique ways of using writing. It is a chance to gain insights from how other writers and artist work with text. 


The scheme has a dedicated anti-racist focus. It asks you, as a creative person, to reflect on questions of representation, voice, and anti-racist commitment. We are not writing about anti-racism (unless you choose to) but we are making sure that these questions are part of all our undertakings.

Please note that this is a prose writing scheme.

The course is initiated and led by writer Olumide Popoola.
Photo credit (c) Josimar Senior / Black Writers’ Guild



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