REWRITE – The Leading Platform for Black Women & Women of Colour Writers Around the World.
Founded in 2017, REWRITE is a non-profit organisation formed to support and champion Black Women and Women of Colour writers; providing the tools, space and confidence they need to achieve their writing goals.
In the current climate, REWRITE’s services are needed now more than ever. In 2015, Writing the Future – a report commissioned by Spread The Word – revealed that out of 203 UK-based novelists polled, 30% came from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. Only 47% said that their debut was agented compared to the 64% of the White novelists. Once into their publishing career, 53% of BAME authors remained without an agent against 37% of White authors.
Moreover, in 2016, The Bookseller Magazine published analysis finding a ‘shockingly low’ number of BAME authors in the UK Top 500. They found one book by an author of colour in the Top 50 – African American author Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, which had just won the Man Booker Prize. The first title by a British author of colour was in 368th place.
REWRITE exists to REWRITE this narrative. We aim to encourage and enable Black women and Women of Colour to develop their full potential through dynamic writing courses, masterclasses, and workshops that are tailor-made to suit their specific needs and requirements.
Rewriting the Narrative
What We Do
Our series of creative writing courses, workshops, and masterclasses are designed specifically for Black women and Women of Colour. From the selected texts to the recommended reading, all of our modules and resources are centered around the works of Black women and Women of Colour writers. Each course offers a relaxing and encouraging environment for women to explore their creativity, nurture their writing skills, and network with key people in the industry. To see what we have on offer, click here.
Our editorial services help writers with their books, manuscripts, and works-in-progress. We aim to offer high-quality services at competitive prices. Our rates are driven by our passion to help Black women & WoC published. See our fees.
Along with our courses, we also write reviews for books of all genres solely written by Black women and Women of Colour. For us, it is important to highlight their work, and to give fair and nuanced reviews, as mainstream book critics are known to give harsher critiques to Black women and Women of Colour authors. Request a book review here.
Our online literary magazine, REWRITE READS, features outstanding short stories by Black Women & Women of Colour writers from across the globe. We publish works from established and emerging voices. We encourage works exploring experimental forms and alternative themes. To submit your short story, use this form.
Our literary events showcase and celebrate authors and their works. We host intimate conversations with writers, both seasoned and debut, where they take us through their writing and publishing journeys, and treat us to live readings. Sign up to our newsletter to find out about the next event. To subscribe, click here.
The REWRITE Team
Christina Fonthes Founder
Christina is a Congolese-British writer and facilitator. Her work, laden with themes of womanhood, sexuality, and mental health has featured in several publications around the world.
Jenn Augustine Contributor
Jenn is an avid reader and writer who believes in decolonizing the canon. She is interested in the intersectionality of race, gender, and mental health. @jennreadsstuff
Zahrah is an Independent Consultant working on gender & social inclusion. She is founder of Bookshybooks, and 1/3 of Not Another Book Podcast. @bookshybooks
Tia Albert Rewrite Contributor
Tia is a Children’s Editorial Intern who is passionate about diversity and representation in book publishing. She writes contemporary fiction. @widesargassosky
African Queer Contributor
African Queer is an academic who dabbles in conversations on the intersections that are at play with regard to issues of race, gender and sexuality. @queerafricanreads