The Future is Back: Black teachers edition

- a prose Writing scheme for LGBTQ+ writers

The Future is Back is a FREE 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.

All facilitators and materials of The Black Teachers Edition are (by) Black writers. The 10 workshops are connected as a series and explore topics of craft. You’ll give feedback to others' works, and receive feedback on your own writing. 

The scheme is a direct response to this year's Black Lives Matter uprising and contributes to our global efforts with a dedicated anti-racist focus. It asks you as a creative person to reflect on questions of representation, voice, and anti-racist committment. 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.

The details:

  • 10 participants

  • 10 connected creative writing (prose) workshops delivered via Zoom 

  • supportive environment with other LGBTQ+ writers

  • get published in a professionally printed zine

  • main leader and facilitator: Olumide Popoola

  • 4 guest facilitators: Ama Josephine Budge, Jay Bernard, Keith Jarrett, Troy Onyango

  • 3 sessions with "experts" on funding, opportunities, publishing, university routes and similar

  • 2 places for people with precarious immigration status (funding for access costs available as well as help with light editing)

  • general access grant  

  • individual feedback on 30 (polished) pages of your writing by one of the guest facilitators 

Explore your work, hone your craft.

Be part of a supportive environment.

Take your writing to the next level.


Workshop dates

(all workshops will be delivered via Zoom)


Saturday 28 November 2020, 11am-1pm


Saturday 12 December 2020, 11am-1pm


Saturday 9 January 2021, 11am-1pm


Saturday 16 January 2021, 11am-1pm


Saturday 30 January 2021, 11am-1pm


Saturday 13 February 2021, 11am-1pm


Saturday 27 February 2021, 11am-1pm


Saturday 13 March 2021, 1-3pm


Saturday 27 March 2021, 11am-1pm


Saturday 10 April 2021, 11am-1pm