Out on the Page
Facilitate and Collaborate
That's me, Paul Bradley-Cong, on the far right at one of our one-day writing retreats.
I'm an emerging fiction writer and member of the Society of Authors. I recently 'completed' my first novel under the mentorship of a successful novelist and managing editor at a literary consultancy. I'm currently submitting to agents and small independent presses. I'm also collaborating with a Japanese artist on an producing an Artbook.
Being a writer can be isolating; being LGBTQ+ can be isolating. Whilst writing the novel, I looked around for the support of other LGBTQ+ writers and soon discovered how few networks actually existed and I decided to do something about that. My positive experiences of writing retreats in the UK and Japan gave me the idea of setting up Out on the Page.
I've been able to draw on my experience of setting up and running Bath Writers' Beyond the Margins and running writing workshops including at Birmingham Literature Festival (2019).
I'm taking a collaborative approach to this project at all levels and I hope you see and experience this in your involvement with Out on the Page. We have been awarded Arts Council England funding for 2020 which will help us develop our retreats and our sustainability. We will develop a small network of Associate Facilitators (all emerging LGBTQ+ writers themselves), bring in established LGBTQ+ writers to share their experience of emerging as a writer, and, develop the technical functionality of our online forum and writer directory.
If you've got any questions, please feel free to ask...