Each year we offer a Writer in Residence opportunity as part of our Creative Future Writers' Award. In collaboration with New Writing South and Preston Park Recovery Centre, it's a unique development opportunity for a talented, emerging/mid-career underrepresented writer who is interested in working with vulnerable adults and/or in non-traditional spaces.  It offers paid time and space to write and support to develop the selected writers' career.

In 2020, the Writer In Residence will:

  • Undertake a 10-day on-site residency at Preston Park Recovery Centre, an award-winning mental health recovery day centre in Brighton
  • Produce one reflective blog post and one piece of creative writing in your genre, which will be published in the CFWA anthology
  • Sit on the Creative Future Writers’ Award judging panel
  • Attend the CFWA showcase event and read your work

This residency is aimed at emerging/mid-career writers with a track record of publication/professional writing career.

Our Previous Writers in Residence

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Creative Futures 2019 - Day 1 (54 of 167)

2020 -Akila Richards

Akila Richards is a writer, poet, and spoken word artist. Her poetry and short stories have been published by Penguin, Peepal Tree Press, and Waterloo Press. Some of her writing gives voice to the Black German experience and on migrating in multiple ways.  Akila’s portfolio includes programming and managing creative and diverse community projects. Akila also programmed for the Mboka Literature Festival 2019 in Gambia and the UK. She is currently completing her poetry collection and writing a novel, culminated from a selection of her short stories based on the same character.

2019 - Emma McGordon

Emma McGordon is an award-winning writer and performer published by Tall Lighthouse, Penned In The Margins, Handstand and Blacksuede Boot. She is the recipient of two Arts Council Awards, a Northern Writers Award and the Julia Darling Fellowship, which allowed her to pursue a research project in San Francisco. She has worked extensively in arts participation and was the Associate Artist with Rosehill Theatre, Cumbria for three years. Emma is currently based in London.


2018 - Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal was born in Birmingham to parents who immigrated to the UK from the Punjab, India. She now lives in Brighton & Hove. Her acclaimed debut novel, The Handsworth Times (pub. Bluemoose Books) is set against a backdrop of social unrest, neglected communities, incredible music and the healing power of direct action in 1980’s working-class Birmingham. It was The Morning Star newspaper's fiction ‘Book of the Year 2016 ‘ and Brighton City Reads 2017. Sharon has an Mphil in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex.

Dean Atta discusses his experience of being Creative Future's Writer in Residence

2017 - Dean Atta

Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Dean won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. He is an ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards for Achievement through the Arts. His debut collection I am Nobody’s Nigger was published by The Westbourne Press in 2013.  His latest book, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award, and was long-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and Jhalak Prize.

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2016 - Tara Gould

Tara Gould studied visual arts at Brighton University and an MA at Sussex University. Her short stories have been published in anthologies including the Asham Anthology for Women Writers, and her plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Tara was selected for our inaugural Spotlight Books series, a partnership between Creative Future, New Writing South and Myriad Editions; publishing her short book The Haunting of Strawberry Water. She lives in East Sussex.

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