If you are reading this, you are creative.

Since 2017, Slant’d has hosted a range of community gatherings, such as story slams, narrative workshops, cooking classes, art therapy workshops, and more—engaging 1000+ AAPI writers both URL and IRL across the United States.

Through years of nurturing emerging creatives through our publications, it became clear that there was a need (and a hunger) for opportunities for AAPIs to unlearn who or what creativity looks like, and to find safe and joyful places to share their stories, fact or fiction.

We’re currently building out a vibrant arts and culture program that will have a lasting impact on our community’s creative journeys.

We build community and space

for writers of all stages to ignite and build on new ideas, develop sustainable models to support a creative life, and to feel empowered to become agents of change within the AAPI community.

We protect play, experimentation and un-learning

as fundamental steps in the journey of self-discovery.

We nurture bold voices

that reflect the deeply varied experiences of the Asian diaspora living in the United States.

Introducing, Blank Page Revival.

Blank Page Revival (BPR) is our first month-long program for AAPI writers to challenge perfectionism, channel communal creativity, and tackle a new piece of work from start to finish in 30 days. The program is centered around joyful play, collaboration, and building a sustainable writing practice – with a rotating genre annually. Participants are blind matched, paired with a dedicated creative writing coaches, to complete a written work in a specified genre from start to finish.

BPR will kick off with a day-long experiential creative writing event in New York City in late September. 20 participants will engage in community-building sessions, writing sprints, and creative reboot sessions alongside the full cohort. After the in-person event, writers will participate in three virtual sessions with their creative writing partner and their creative writing coach to receive support during the writing process. The goal of the program is to have a completed piece of collaborative writing in 30 days.

Writers will have their work shared with Slant’d’s audience and will earn a Badge of Unlearning to commemorate their dedication to creative self-discovery.

Participant Application

FAQs

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Do I have to pay an application fee?

In the spirit of accessibility, we don't charge application fees. However, as a completely volunteer-run organization, we encourage all applicants to make a tax-deductible donation to help us cover admin / tech costs.

When are applications due?

Applications will close on July 1st, 2024 at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time.

Do I have to be located in New York to participate?

You are welcome to apply if you can commit to being in New York for the in-person event and the three virtual sessions. While you don’t have to be based in New York, we unfortunately cannot subsidize travel at this time.

When should I expect to hear back?

Due to the volume of applications and Slant’d being a completely volunteer-run organization, we regrettably can’t respond personally to every submission. If you are accepted as a part of our inaugural cohort, then you will be notified by the first week of August.

Can I apply to participate in BPR if I’m an ally?

Thank you for supporting the AAPI community. Our programs and publications intentionally center the voices of creators of all Asian backgrounds (including mixed-race Asians and adoptees). Out of respect, we ask that all allies refrain from taking space in our publications to make room for more diverse voices.

How many participants is Slant’d accepting?

For our first BPR cohort, we will accept 20 applicants, who will be paired as participants to complete the program.

Why is this program 25+?

After surveying over 80+ AAPI writers in our community, conducting focus groups and interviews within the industry, the data our team collected highlighted a strong desire for “age-agnostic” opportunities. There are many resources available for those immediately out of college, and in the spirit of accessibility, this program is designed to provide inclusive resources to those who are looking to hone their craft that are a few years into the work force and feel they may have missed that chance.

Do I have to be published to apply?

You do not have to be published. Blank Page Revival is an opportunity for writers of all levels to build networks of support, practice consistency and jumpstart a fresh piece.

Do I need any specific skills or qualifications to apply?

You do not need any specific qualifications to apply, except for an eagerness to engage with the AAPI creative community. We ask that applicants consider that they will be paired with another writer, so a collaborative mindset is necessary.

Who is BPR looking for as an ideal candidate?

Ideally, our inaugural cohort will be AAPI community members eager to rethink their relationship with creativity. Participants should be excited about the prospect of collaboration and writing as a means toward self-discovery.

Do I need to have an MFA to apply?

No, you don’t need an MFA or even a degree in a creative field to apply. BPR is looking to expand our creative community to include people from all working backgrounds.

We’re actively seeking sponsors excited about this program and looking to make a direct impact in independent publishing! Someone come to mind? Our team would be excited to connect at programs@slantd.com

Additional questions?

Please email our Programs team at programs@slantd.com