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Take Flight Hub – New development hub for emerging writers of colour

Words of Colour has joined forces with University College London (UCL) and Spread the Word (StW) to launch the Take Flight Hub, a virtual professional and creative development programme for emerging writers of colour.

Some of the country’s leading novelists, poets, playwrights, literary agents and publishers of colour will be sharing their expertise through free talks, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and presentations over five weeks, made possible by a grant from the UCL Knowledge and Innovation Rapid Response fund.

Alongside masterclasses by journalist and writer Gary Younge on polemical writing and Inua Ellams on the fundamentals of dialogue and location in playwriting, Mary Jean Chan will offer advice on sustaining your career as a poet,  while author Patrice Lawrence will shed light on writing convincing multicultural characters for YA fiction.

Writers will have the chance to meet literary agents, such as Emma Paterson and Elise Dillsworth, hear from inclusive publishers, including Valerie Brandes (Jacaranda Books) and Sharmaine Lovegrove (Dialogue Books) and understand the power of non-fiction to transform society with Jhalak Prize 2020 winner Johny Pitts, #Merky Books inaugural signing Derek Owusu and writer and academic Darren Chetty, as well as other dynamic presenters.

The Take Flight Hub was inspired by BookTrust Represents research conducted by Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Associate Professor in Publishing and Book Cultures at UCL, which found that emerging writers of colour needed support, advice and access as part of an industry-focused network to help sustain their careers.

Tickets for the Take Flight Hub programme can be booked from the week commencing Monday 22nd June 2020, but you can send your expressions of interest to Joy Francis at info[at]


Workshops / Masterclasses

The Take Flight Hub‘s workshops and masterclasses are primarily for unpublished writers of colour (Black, Asian, Arabic and Mixed-Race), but they will also consider writers who have had no more than two books published. See full programme listing via Words of Colour website

How to get involved 

Send your expressions of interest, identifying which programme you are interested in, how it will assist you with, and benefit, your writing goals specifically and some indication of what you are currently working on, to Joy Francis at info[at] Words of Colour will confirm if you have secured a place by email and before the event.

The first wave of events will be open for booking the week commencing Monday 22 June 2020 on Words of Colour Productions Eventbrite page.

Please note: Each applicant can only apply for a maximum of two workshops/masterclasses (as spaces are limited). You will receive email confirmation that your space has been reserved for you.

These events are open to all writers of colour, readers and interested parties.

For more information visit the Words of Colour website


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