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Tue, 16 Mar



Workshop Course - Queer Writing for a Brave New World | £90/£45 conc.

Attention LGBTQ+ writers in any form! We plan to produce a chapbook anthology of queer writing that responds to modernism. This collaboration with the Modernist Society will support LGBTQ+ writers to submit to the chapbook open call. Starts Tues 16 March (for 6 weeks). Max 12 Places. Details below.

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Workshop Course - Queer Writing for a Brave New World | £90/£45 conc.
Workshop Course - Queer Writing for a Brave New World | £90/£45 conc.

Time & Location

16 Mar 2021, 19:30 – 20:30 GMT


About the Event

[photo credit - Emma Louise Swanson for Vogue International: Thom Browne fashion shoot at Philip Johnson's Glass House]

This course aims to support LGBTQ+ writers approach this interesting intersection between queerness, architecture and design. We think this is exciting new territory.

The Chapbook - 'Queer Writing for a Brave New World'

This year, in collaboration with The Modernist Society, we aim to produce our very first chapbook, working title 'Queer Writing for a Brave New World'. Why this? We wanted to do something different, we wanted it to be tangible and in print, we wanted it to be 100%, quality writing from emerging LGBTQ+ writers.

By April, we will have produced a brief of the type of writing we would like to see; but broadly, fiction, non-fiction, experimental, any genre. We are planning an open call for writitng submissions, and images, to start in June 2021. We aim to have edited and produced the book for sale by November 2021.

This course aims to support LGBTQ+ writers approach this interesting intersection between queerness, architecture and design. We think this is excititng new territory.  

The Modernist Society are renowned for producing publications of especially high quality in design and finish.

Workshop dates

Tue 16th Mar 7.30pm-8.30pm  Intro to Modernism 1

Tue 23rd Mar 7.30pm-8.30pm  Intro To Modernism 2

Tue 30th Mar 7.30pm- 9.30pm Writing Workshop

Tue 6th Apr 7.30pm - 9.30pm Writing Workshop

Tue 13th April 7.30pm - 9.30pm Writing Workshops

Tue 20th April 7.30pm - 9.30pm Writing Workshops

The Course

Intro to Modernism1 & 2

Eddy will offer a brief and rapid introduction to Modernism. Looking at its genesis and its worldwide growth in the 20th century. Looking at how Modernism radically altered not only visual culture, in Architecture, Art and Design, but also how Modernism altered society.

Workshop 1 - A Personal Introduction to Modernism - offering a very quick timeline of the genesis and growth of Modernism and how it changed visual culture.

Workshop 2 - A deeper delve into Architecture, Design and Society.

Writing Workshops

A boutique series of four writing workshops with two facilitators at each session, where

attendees will be able to implement the critical knowledge gained during the Modernist

architecture workshops through a creative lens, specifically in prose, poetry and creative


In the workshops, attendees will:

- Consider representations of Modernist spaces through contemporary literature.

- Enhance their creative practice through various forms and modes, including writing

from life experience, visual poetry, and experimental prose.

- Build opportunities and skills necessary to focus their writing practice through a

range of themes, such as ideas around home and self, what it can mean to inhabit

spaces as Queer people, the intersections of language, societal rules and meaning,

and a consideration of speculative spaces, with an eye towards imagining future

Queer spaces.

- Take part in a variety of activities, including writing exercises and breakout spaces

for discussion and reflection.

- Have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow writers, including time to

share their work in a safe and supportive space.

- Develop skills necessary to edit and finesse their works in progress towards

publication, with practical advice, resources and information on where to submit their

work, including the forthcoming Out on the Page anthology.

About the Tutors

Eddy Rhead

Eddy is Director of The Modernist Society and publisher of The Modernist magazine.


Dr Emma Filtness is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University London. She is primarily a poet with a penchant for hybrid and experimental forms. Her writing explores themes of heritage, migration, work, gender, nature and place. Emma’s current practice involves found and visual poetics.

Twitter: @em_filtness   Instagram: @cultofflora

Jonathan Pizarro

Jonathan is a Queer Gibraltarian writer currently living in London. He graduated from Brunel University with a 1st in English & Creative Writing, where he was also the recipient of the Gompertz Prize for Literature. His dissertation, a collection of short stories set in Gibraltar examining the Gothic from the perspective of the Other, won the Arthur Scott Prize for Creative Writing.

Under the mentorship of writers such as Bernardine Evaristo and Jonathan Kemp, he has been encouraged to explore the lived experience of being Queer and Gibraltarian in his work, and he is currently working on his first novel. His short fiction has been published in Popshot, Queerlings, Untitled: Voices, Fruit Journal, and Emerge Literary Journal, with non-fiction in Attitude and Vada. He is currently working on his first novel, and on Exiliado, a series of non-fiction pieces exploring Queerness, immigration and cultural identity. He has been a member of Out On The Page since its first writing retreat in London. He tweets about writing, but mostly about not writing, @JSPZRO.


  • Standard Ticket

    This ticket covers all six workshops.

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  • Concessionary Ticket

    This is the ticket for writers on benefits etc. We want to be accessible to as many LGBTQ+ writers as possible. Please email us at if you are unable to afford to access this event at this price.

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