April 2020 - Solidarity in Lockdown

April was a remarkable month for Out on the Page. We wanted to be there for LGBTQ+ writers through these challenging and often tragic days.

With the help of our Associate Facilitators and Advisory Panel we were able to complete the redesign of our website and move completely online. After asking our new members what they needed, we introduced new events to our calendar and new strands to our Members' Forum.

During April alone we held five online Cafe Casuals, bringing together LGBTQ+ writers from all over the UK and beyond. I hosted seven live sessions in our Members' Forum to answer members' queries and also help them navigate around the website. Helen Dale, an established writer and member of our Advisory Panel ran an online workshop on Indie-Publishing. We also set up a range of 20 free events taking place online throughout May!

The results have been spectacular and there are many individual positve stories. Overall, membership is up, activity in the Forum is higher than ever and increasing week on week. LGBTQ+ writers are making connections and using them to develop their writing. Writers who had previously been unable to make it to our one-day retreats have been able to participate online.

Something about Out on the Page has changed forever, in a good way.

supporting emerging LGBTQ+ writers
Out on the Page was set up in 2018 as an experimental project to bring together LGBTQ+ writers to write, support each other and to share information and experience.
Since then, we have held one-writing retreats, workshops, groups and cafe casual meetings across England.  We have also set up an online writer directory and forum for emerging LGBTQ+ writers.
We have received Arts Council England funding for 2020 to sustain and develop our much-needed work, including online events.
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