REWRITE ACADEMY is a developmental programme designed to support Black Women and Women of Colour writers who are keen to finish their works-in-progress. The programme involves a mixture of tuition, practical exercises, and critiquing with an emphasis on craft, community, and development. 

As part of the the programme, you’ll have:

  • Masterclasses with authors, editors, and publishers
  • Regular critiquing and feedback on your manuscript
  • Opportunities to submit to literary agents and publishers
  • A supportive community of Black Women & Women of Colour writers


Applications for 2022 are now open. See FAQs below. Register here


REWRITE ACADEMY writers with Booker-Winner Bernardine Evaristo


MAHI CHESHIRE – author of Deadly Cure (Penguin, 2022)

OSOB DAHIR – Penguin WriteNow 2021 Cohort

OLIVE AHMED – Penguin WriteNow 2021 Cohort

LALAH SIMONE-SPRINGER – longlisted for Merky Books new writers prize 2021



The ACADEMY is for Black Women and Women of colour who are keen to finish their works-in-progress in a supportive and nurturing environment. You do not have to have extensive writing experience, but we do expect you to have a well-developed idea; and you must actively be working on that idea, even if it is just a summary or an outline. We are looking for a range of genres, abilities, and ages – please see ACADEMY 2020 bios for examples.

There are seven places available.

Writers outside of the UK

The ACADEMY is open to writers living outside of the UK, however, please note that the authors, literary agents, and publishers will be speaking from a UK-specific perspective.


The programme will involve 1-2 workshops a month lasting 2-4 hours each. You will be expected to critique the work of others at the writers workshop once a month. Classes will take via Zoom with the exception of the first workshop in April, which will take place in real life with an option to Zoom in for those unable to attend. 

Workshops will take place on a weekday evening UK time, please be mindful of your timezone when registering.


The ACADEMY  will run from  April  2022 – January 2023.


The fee is £425 for the entire programme, payable in 2 installments. 

The fee with REWRITE Membership is £383, payable in 2 installments. 


There is a £5 registration fee. There is no registration fee with REWRITE Membership.

We all hate rejections, so we will only contact successful applicants. We cannot give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. We will email successful applicants by 27th Feb.

The deadline for applications is 22nd Jan 2022 . The deadline for REWRITE Membership applications is 25th Jan 2022.

Register here