Henry Miller said “Writing is its own reward” –  something I’m sure the Women’s Writes Network agrees with.

What’s surprising however is the number of women of colour who possess this talent but haven’t tapped into it.

So to address this gap, myself and two friends, Hasina and Priya, decided to develop workshops to help these women. The BBC Asian Network were interested in the Women’s Writes Network and invited us on air to find out more.

You can listen to the full interview above (and listen to me blank out live on air… so embarrassing!)

Humble beginnings

The decision to start the Women’s Writes Network was conceived where all great 21st century ideas are concocted – in a busy coffee shop.

Our mutual love for writing and the desire to nurture new/uncovered talent led us to commit to this exciting project.

The first workshop we held was focused on all things content. We discussed how to create ideas and where to get inspiration from.

We couldn’t have asked for a better first workshop. I was elated to see women from different ethnic backgrounds engaging with one another.

The group initially started as a network for South Asian women. However in a short time, we’ve managed to expand this reach to other communities.

Women's Writes Network

Whilst there is the issue of under-representation within creative industries, there are also negative attitudes towards creative subjects. The truth is, that the world needs creatives.

Journalist Rahul Verma facilitated the workshop and fueled us with a desire to impart more knowledge to these women. We were so pleased with the result of our first workshop that we’re organizing some creative offerings.

What’s next for the Women’s Writes Network?

Our next event is a creative writing workshop for mothers and daughters. This is to encourage self expression and healing through the use of words. Tickets are now available and information can be found here.

Not only is it something a bit different, but it’s a great way to spend some time with your mum!

In the meantime though, thank you to all of our friends and family who have shown unwavering support for this movement.

We’re excited to see where it takes us.