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Casa Lorde

Casa Lorde

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My name Natalia Flores Garrido and I am raising funds for Casa Lorde and BlackBird Books residency for African womxn who are starting their careers as writers.

We believe in the voices of Black Womxn from the African Continent. We believe in their power, and we want to know what they want to say.

We also know that it is difficult to be a black womxn writer and that there are so many obstacles in the way. For this reason, we started Casa Lorde, a residency for Black Womxn who are starting their careers as writers. We offer to emerging writers time, space, mentorship and a safe space to focus only on their writing for up to a month. We received the first generation in October 2019 and the experience was amazing, so we need your help to do this again and continuing supporting the voices of the continent because, as Audre Lorde said, it will always be better to speak.

We need your help to receive more Black Womxn Writers in Casa Lorde!! These are the words of Naledi Mashishi, one of the first writers to come, after spending a month in Casa Lorde:

"The Casa Lorde Residency is a wonderful, supportive, and nurturing environment that allowed me the space and time to write as well as the feedback to improve my writing. It allowed me to write more than half of the first draft of my novel (45 000 words) in three weeks, a feat I otherwise would not have been able to accomplish at home where I am lucky if I have enough time to write even 1000 words a day. The program's focus on black women made the space a much safer one where we were able to express our thoughts and experiences on gender and racial issues. This was particularly important to me as my work aims to explore these issues. All in all, it was a valuable experience that I would do again and that I think is necessary to develop black female and gender non-conforming voices on the continent."

Please help us to offer this experience to more writers!!

We need your support to be able to offer to the writers a small scholarship for basic expenses during their stay in Casa Lorde, and also to be able to compensate writers that work as mentors of the residents. We need 7,000 rands for every writer that comes to Casa Lorde, it is not a lot, is it?

Funds raised will be paid into my bank account.

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My name Natalia Flores Garrido and I am raising funds for Casa Lorde and BlackBird Books residency for African womxn who are starting their careers as writers. We also know that it is difficult to be a black womxn writer and that there are so many obstacles in the way. For this reason, we started Casa Lorde, a residency for Black Womxn who are starting their careers as writers.