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OutLines: Launch of a new online writing project for Manchester-based LGBT writers

OutLines is a brand new Manchester-based creative writing project for LGBT writers. Developed out of the work of a local queer writers' collective, OutLines has evolved into a fully formed workshop project.  Workshops are now held monthly: they're free, and open to the public.  On top of that, the custom-made OutLines blog is now also available to participants to publicly showcase their work.

The OutLines blog (at is a unique online space for the presentation of work in progress.  Featured writing is new, sometimes experimental: sketches, samples, drafts.  The site features poetry and prose in progress, from emerging queer-identified writers.  In the absence of a Northern-oriented journal of LGBT writing, the OutLines blog is a channel and a platform for talented new gay writers in the region.

OutLines is the latest initiative of Manchester-based LGBT writers' group, OutWriteOutWrite have been meeting for several years - the offshoot of the famous Northern Gay Writers group on Bootle Street.  They meet fortnightly to read, write and discuss work, and provide support and opportunities for emerging writers.  They hope this year to widen their platform, through writing events and projects, in order to help local writers to get their voices heard - and their writing published. 

David Kalu, Creative Director of Commonword, says of OutWrite and the Northern Gay Writers: 'This is a group that has literary talent in abundance and provides a very supportive atmosphere for lesbian and gay writers.  A wonderful group of  inspired and inspiring writers who start literary revolutions!'

Launch of the OutLines project kick-starts a year's programme of events and opportunities for writers in the LGBT community: with events planned in Manchester and around the North-West.  Meanwhile the fortnightly writing workshops are open and free to all. 

For further information, or to find out about upcoming events and workshops, please check out the OutLines blog at: or look up the OutWrite collective on Facebook.

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