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BAME Creative Writing Masterclass Series

  • Birkbeck, University of London (map)

 A series of 1 - 2 hour masterclasses for small groups on the craft of writing by established BAME writers, agents and publishers, with some of the classes to be held at UEA, Norwich and some at Chase institutions in London. Writers will include prose writers, script writers and poets. The classes will focus on craft and whether/how race informs the creative process for the writer giving the class.

The purpose of the class is: (1) to support students in their creative work with close study of writing techniques; (2) to provide insight into the unique challenges BAME writers face in telling their stories, and (3) to create a platform for the exchange of ideas between established BAME writers and BAME and non-BAME creative writing doctoral students.

Race is critically implicated at many stages of the creative writing experience. As an example, specific challenges for minority writers may include: whether their stories are legitimate; what their stories should be, and who they should be as writers. Is the BAME moniker useful or reductive?

Capacity is limited as these sessions are intended for small groups. Please sign up at the link if you would like to be included. The series is open to creative writing and creative/critical PhDs at Chase institutions – poets, prose writers and script writers – with space for a limited number of non-Chase funded creative writing PhDs. Capacity will be allocated on a first come first served basis. At each event, a participant will be selected to write a blog post on the event for the Chase blog.

Travel costs are reimbursable for CHASE participants through your institution’s CHASE admin lead.

The series will run into the coming academic year and will consist of eight sessions in total. Writers for the next academic year will be announced nearer the date and will include Tash Aw, Kit de Waal and Daljit Nagra.

If you have any questions relating to the series, please contact Taymour on


12 June
Sharmaine Lovegrove and Emma Paterson
2-4 pm, Birkbeck

Sharmaine is the extraordinary founder of Dialogue Books, the new diversity focused imprint from Little, Brown.

Emma is a superstar literary agent at Rogers, Coleridge, White with a diverse list including Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Mona Chalabi and Coco Khan.