Multi-award-winning British Asian online magazine DESIblitz.com has launched a new programme, presenting two days of creative writing workshops led by a series of experts from across the creative industries.
Debuting in September 2018, the workshops series has been curated to develop a programme enabling new writers and content creators from BAME backgrounds to receive expert insights into a variety of areas of creative writing.
Promoting careers in arts and media to BAME attendees, the workshops presented opportunities to individuals who have not had opportunities access to such a series of creative sessions in the past.
The activities were delivered by experts from BAME backgrounds, with eight workshops being presented over two days, exploring many aspects of creative writing including crime fiction, written and performance poetry, writing the novel, and writing specifically for television. Indi Deol, Managing Director of DESIblitz said:
“The feedback from those who took part was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, participants
were so impressed by the quality of all the workshops delivered that they have asked for
more, going so far as to request similar events to be made available every six months.”
The comments from those who attended, included “A really great session. Very useful,
couldn’t have asked for more.”, “It was practical, fun, thought provoking …the tutors were
excellent”, and one participant simply wrote “Perfect.”
Acclaimed author Bali Rai, who led the workshop exploring character emotion and
“We’re fighting against the glass ceiling and I believe anyone that doesn’t see that isn’t looking hard enough. I’ve been at the forefront in children’s publishing for four different rounds with diversity becoming a hot topic, so that’s four in 20 years and every five years it becomes a hot topic again and there’s lots of talk, there’s a few little moves and then everything goes back to square one. That’s what I love about these DESIblitz workshops, the people in the room are here and hopefully some of those barriers come down.”
For Indi Deol, these workshops are just the start of putting into action a long-held ambition to provide accessible opportunities for creative writers of the future:
“My own experiences as a British Asian, whilst growing up, and the knowledge I have gained
over the past decade, told me instinctively that workshops and skills programmes like this are
very much needed. The amazing response we had from all who took part has proved my
instinct to be right. Now we aim to respond positively to that feedback. We want to move
forward, build on what we have achieved, and provide more opportunities in the
Indi added: “I must also say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who made these events so
successful. Our workshop hosts, our event partners Birmingham City University, the University
of Birmingham and the Library of Birmingham, and of course Arts Council England, whose
funding made the whole thing possible.
“As we plan ahead, we will be looking for further partners and funding sources to support our huge ambitions in the BAME writing space.”
All DESIblitz.com workshops produced for this event were supported by Arts Council England. If you are interested in supporting DESIblitz.com for future creative workshop opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.