Lola Olufemi: Writer's Residency

Writing back is not the same as fighting back. (After June Jordan)

Deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 26th of June

Rhubaba is delighted to share our upcoming Writer's Residency with Lola Olufemi. Lola will be joining us to host a writing salon at Mote 102 in Edinburgh, which will be open to ten unpublished writers of colour based in Scotland to help develop their practice.

This writing salon will be delivered over two weeks, the first of which will take place from the 12th-18th of July. The second week will take place between 14th and 18th of August. This opportunity is for practitioners who are currently working on a long-term project (see below) and feel they would benefit from being in community with other writers, sharing ideas and discussing their writing process.

The daily salons will be delivered in person, commencing at 11am for around two hours each day, and will consist of collective reading, analysis of texts, guest workshops, writing prompts, structured writing time and presentations that enable us to play with different writing styles, techniques and interests to further the development of individual projects.

These salons are relaxed and flexible, the structure and focus of them will respond to the desires of participants. It's ideal for writers who want to experiment, meet new people, who welcome feedback and who are looking for new way into their projects.

Applicants will need to be available each day between 11am-1pm.

Week 1: Wednesday 12th July-Tuesday 18th July

(Venue: Mote102, Leith)

Week 2: Monday 14th August-Friday 18th August

(Venues: Lavender Menace Queer Books Archive & additional venue TBC)

To apply: please send a short extract (between 250-300 words) of a project you're currently working on, with a short introductory paragraph (including name and pronouns) explaining how and why you would benefit from the salon.

A key question to consider is 'what specific skill/idea/theme you would like to focus on and explore with others and why?'

Send all applications and enquiries to with the subject heading "Lola Olufemi: Writer's Application"

Applications can also be accepted as a short video (max. 5 mins) or sound recording. If you have additional access needs, please get in touch.