Dates: Weds 3,10,17,24 Feb and 3 & 10 March – by booking on this workshop, you are booking on to ALL workshop dates.

These workshops in prose, poetry, and fiction are for writers of any ability who are refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants. A reasonable standard of English would be necessary but no previous writing experience required—just an interest and enthusiasm.

In a small Zoom group, we’ll explore different perspectives, undertake writing prompts and exercises, and share your work if you wish.

We expect interest will be high and spaces are limited, so do ask that you only book if you’re committed to attending.

About the Tutor

Creative Future’s 2020 Writer In Residence Akila Richards is an accomplished writer, poet and spoken word artist. Her poetry and short stories have been published by Penguin, Peepal Tree Press, and Waterloo Press, as well as online for a range of events, campaigns and initiatives. Some of her writing gives voice to the Black German experience and on migrating in multiple ways. Her performances and readings take place in international settings–Africa, Europe and the Caribbean–in artistic, cultural and community settings. Her collaboration with visual artists (printing poems on textiles) have led to regional exhibitions.

Akila’s portfolio includes programming and managing creative and diverse community projects including ‘Africa Beyond’ at Southbank, Refugee Week events and currently the Lit Up Mentoring/Publishing Scheme with Waterloo Press. Akila also programmed for the Mboka Literature Festival 2019 in Gambia and the UK.


03/02/2021 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How to book

You can book a place by completing the form below. We aim to keep the cost of our training free or as low as possible. Please consider making a donation below.


Registration Criteria

Our workshops are for for artists and writers who are under-represented. We work with those who feel they lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Please select all from the list below that apply to you.

having a mental health issue
having a physical disability
having a long-term limiting illness
having a learning disability/ADHD
being neurodivergent/ASD
being from a working-class background
being a part of the LGBTQ+ community
being from a Black background
being from an Asian background
being from an ethnic minority background
being from a Traveller background
being a Refugee
having a sensory impairment
having a substance misuse issue
being homeless or in temporary accommodation
being a survivor
being long term unemployed
being a carer
being an offender or ex-offender
being a care leaver
being an older person (65+)



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