For a little while now, I have been asking on Twitter for recommendations of D/deaf and disabled writers and I am now delighted to announce why!
Experimental! is an online writing retreat for D/deaf and disabled writers currently living in the UK. Curated by myself and produced alongside Spread the Word it will run from 13:00 – 17:00 (with a half-hour break every hour) from Monday 31st August to Saturday 5th September. There will be a sharing from 16:00-17:00 on Sunday 6th September.
Each day there will be a workshop or masterclass and a talk or reading. There are twelve spaces, half of which are reserved for Londoners and the other half open to any D/deaf or disabled writer anywhere in the UK.
Masterclasses will be led by Raymond Antrobus (poetry), Elsa Sjunneson (essay), and Anne Finger (fiction), with readers including Khairani Barokka (poetry).
There will also be industry sessions including Jemilea Wisdom-Baako (Writerz & Scribez), Stuart Bartholomew (Verve Poetry Festival and Poetry Press) Owen Craven-Griffiths (Apples and Snakes), Ella Kahn (DKW Associates), Ludo Cinelli (Eve White Agency), Davinia Andrew-Lynch (Andlyn Agency), Aimée Felone (Knights of) and Leordora Darlington (Bookouture)
Each participant will also have access to a 1:1 session for detailed and supportive feedback on a piece of pre-submitted work
For more information or to apply, see the Spread the Word website