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Show Up and Write

As our first residency initiative with Theatro Technis @26 Crowndale, MENA Arts UK is working with Hyphen Artist Collective to run in-person & online sessions for writers called :




A series of sessions where writers attend in-person or Zoom sessions and simply write for three hours and then come together for one hour to connect and discuss all things writing. 

Often our busy schedules distract us from finding time to commit to writing what we want to write. SHOW UP & WRITE gives us the chance to commit and stick to that commitment.

Writing can be a lonely pursuit; this opportunity gives us a chance to write in a community.


IN PERSON: Attend a 3-hour free-writing session at Theatro Technis (26 Crowndale Rd, NW1 1TT). Then come together for an additional hour to discuss all things writing: challenges & successes. We are capping the in-person sessions to 12 writers based on the space provided.


ZOOM: Check in at the top of the session with a wave at 1pm. Microphones off for the 3-hour writing period, but we encourage you to keep your camera on to stay on task. Then stay after for the hour discussion. Zoom sessions will be capped at 30 writers.

COST: No cost! Free to join!

WHEN: Sunday, February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 2023

1pm to 4pm: Writing - 4pm to 5pm: Community session/discussion

Discussions will be facilitated by MENA Arts UK Steering Group & Hyphen Artist Collective members.

Please try to be available for all sessions, but we understand if you need to miss one.


HOW TO APPLY: We welcome all MENA+ writers and/or writers with a “hyphenated” artist skill set or cultural background to apply. Writers of all levels and experience are welcome. 

Please email  sharing a bit about yourself with your contact information and whether you wish to attend in-person or Zoom sessions. We’d love to hear about what you’re working on or the challenges/successes you’re facing in the UK Arts Industry.

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