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Dear SBWN members,
We’re writing this to let you know that the way we run the Scottish BPOC Writers Network is undergoing some significant – and positive! – changes. These will enable us to more effectively provide independent programming that meets you where you are, fosters your creative and professional development, and gives you the community and support that you need to flourish.
To get all these changes in place, we’ll be taking a programming hiatus from December 2023 until March 2024. We’ll still be around to answer emails within 7 working days and update you via our newsletter. If you have a partnership or opportunity you think we’d be interested in, please use our form to get in touch! Other than our partnerships with Lyth Arts Centre (Jan-Feb), Granite Noir (February) and StAnza (March), all other activity will be taking place behind the scenes during this time.
One of the changes we’re working on relates to funding. The current socio-political climate – where many regulators and funding bodies are restricting the ability to speak out against oppression, racism, colonialism, and genocide – has shown us the urgency of moving away from sole dependence on grants and other external funding. To that end, we need your help. Our events are transitioning to a Pay What You Can /Pay It Forward model, and we’re setting up a platform where you can support us on a regular basis. By shifting to a pay-what-you-can model for our events, it empowers our community to directly support our work, making it more sustainable and making us significantly less reliant on external funding. You can read more about Pay What You Can here. Please be assured that we are still deeply committed to ensuring that our events are as accessible as possible. We will never turn anyone away due to lack of funds, and we will continue to offer bursaries for travel, childcare, and data use.
We’re also changing the way we commission guest blog posts. While we’ll still be issuing our regular open calls, alongside these we’ll be commissioning specific writers to create posts based around their unique expertise and knowledge bases. You can read more about our blog plans here.
Finally, our writing groups will be transitioning to a community-led model so that you, the writers, can create and find the spaces that best support what you’re looking for right now. These will be led by trained, paid community moderators. Read more about our writing groups here.
As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. We will periodically be checking our usual email address at email@example.com and our social media at @ScotBPOCWriters. However, please be aware that our reply times may be slower than usual due to our public hiatus.
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Signing off with love and solidarity until the new year –
– The SBWN Team