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Sat, 30 May


Midlands Arts Centre

Birmingham | One Day LGBTQ+ Writers' Retreat with Michael Amhurst Q&A

IN CURRENT UK LOCKDOWN WE ARE EXPLORING CONVERTING THIS TO A FREE ONLINE GUEST WRITER Q&A SESSION. Join other LGBTQ+ writers for a day of writing, information sharing and networking. Price includes drinks, lunch, and group Q&A session with Guest Writer Michael Amhurst.

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Birmingham | One Day LGBTQ+ Writers' Retreat with Michael Amhurst Q&A
Birmingham | One Day LGBTQ+ Writers' Retreat with Michael Amhurst Q&A

Time & Location

30 May 2020, 09:30 – 16:30

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, UK

About the Event

Before the Day

About a week before your retreat we'll send you our to-the-point Guide that will help you prepare for and make the most of your day with Out on the Page.

Guest Writer

Michael Amherst is the author of Go the Way Your Blood Beats, a meditation on truth and desire, for which he received an award from Arts Council England and won the 2019 Stonewall Israel Fishman Award for Nonfiction (sponsored by the American Library Association). His essay, ‘Does a Silhouette Have a Shadow?’, examines the relationship between mind and body through the lens of chronic illness, and is published in anthology On Bodies. His short fiction has appeared in publications including The White Review and Contrappasso and been longlisted for BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude, the Spectator and The London Magazine, among others. He is currently working on a novel, and also a book examining the relationship between chronic illness and creativity, for which he received an Arthur Welton Award from the Society of Authors. He is a member of Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 scheme.

On the Day 

Arrive from 9.30 for a 10 am start. 

Paul BC will facilitate the day which will include:

  • Introductions to the other writers sharing the experience with you
  • The option of a facilitator-led warm-up writing exercise to help you get in the zone.  
  • Scheduled self-led writing sessions.
  • Scheduled and informal opportunities to chat and network with your fellow LGBTQ writers.
  • Drinks and lunch provided.
  • A facilitated Q@A session with our guest writer, with a focus on their experience of emerging as a writer, what worked, what didn't etc.
  • Chance to review, discuss and add to our ever-growing LGBTQ+ Writers' Resource List.

After The Day

Shared contact sheet for those writers who want to keep in touch with each other.

Access to our Members pages and Forum for continued networking and support.

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