Writing Workshops for 16-25 year olds

Birmingham| 27th + 28th February

London | 11th + 13th March 

                      This project aims to voice women’s stories using arts
                        as a facilitator, and to encourage greater support and                             recognition for talented women. Emerging writing                               talents from Birmingham, Brick Lane and Bangladesh 

                        will be paired with established writers who will provide
                    support and mentor them. Untold stories will be revealed
                  through different written forms - scripts, short stories,                articles and blogs, any medium and style is welcome.  


The project is being developed in close partnership with Sampad Arts - an established arts organisation in Birmingham - and the Rich Mix, a popular and diverse arts venue in East London.  The project will be led by  Leesa Gazi, writer, actor and founding member of Komola. 


You can write about your life, your experiences around your city, stories about growing up, your perspective on today’s world - anything.  During the workshop session, Leesa will help you to explore your ideas, to think freely and guide you to write about them. After the session, we will ask you to produce a piece of around 600 – 800 words. Following the workshops, some writers will be invited to proceed to the next stage of the project – which could result in a rehearsed reading of your piece.


Birmingham Workshops will take place on Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February.


London Workshops will take place at the Rich Mix,

Friday 11 March at 11:00am – 1:00pm or 2:30pm - 4:30pm 

Sunday 13 March at 11:00am – 1:00pm or 2:30pm - 4:30pm


To book a place, please contact us with the following information, and include a short piece of writing, in English, of approx. 300 words, by 19 February


  • Your name and age

  • E-mail address

  • Postal Address

  • Telephone number

  • Preferred date and session time.


Birmingham participants, please send e-mails to:


London participants please send e-mails to:



We look forward to hearing from you!





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