Congratulations on being nominated to appear in The Voices In The Shadow Volume 3! This is a fantastic opportunity for you to tell your story as a black woman in tech and potentially have your story published in a printed book that will be distributed to schools, and libraries and archived at the British Library.
To be in with a chance of appearing in the printed book, you only need to write your story in 500 words maximum. We are looking for the best stories to be selected in the hard copy, but all stories will appear in the digital copy. We are excited to read your submissions and see the creativity and talent you bring. Good luck with your writing, and we look forward to receiving your stories.
Please read the instruction below to understand how to best write your story. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Know your goal
Writing a story may require time, perseverance, commitment, and dedication. If you start writing without a clear purpose in mind, you may waste all that effort. The first step to writing a story successfully is to understand our goal clearly. With The Voices in The Shadow, we want to “Give Black women and young Black girls the empowerment they need for them to feel that there is a place for them to flourish professionally.”
Know your audience
Knowing the audience you’re writing to is closely aligned with understanding the purpose of your writing. It will influence every aspect of your story, such as the tone you take. Remember! Your focus is on Black women and young Black girls. Therefore, since we will primarily focus on young women, you might want to make your writing easy to digest.
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Know how to tell your story
First, you should get your planning process down to fine art: find inspiration, get out of your house, nurture your voice and get to know yourself better. Before you begin writing, we recommend you put together an outline to organise your thoughts. This will allow you to have a clear structure (we advise you to craft a strong headline).
When you finally start writing, be enthusiastic and straightforward about it. Start by grabbing the reader’s attention and concentrating all of your energies on keeping them interested. Ask yourself questions, starting with Who? What? Where? And Why? You can highlight important life events, learning experiences, and/or relationship experiences to have personalised content. Connect your information to real people or real events so that the reader can relate to you.
But don’t get too carried away… you must follow a format. Your story can take up to 1 A4 page in font Arial 12. Make sure to write your story in 1st person and to keep a personal but objective tone. Use powerful vocabulary: We advise you to use thesaurus.com or grammarly.com.
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Have someone proofread your writing to avoid any mistakes.
First, you should get your planning process down to fine art: find inspiration, get out of your house, nurture your voice and get to know yourself better. Before
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