Rashida is an experienced teacher and mentor. She was selected to mentor an emerging writer for 6 months as part of the Indian Ocean Mentoring Project.
She also facilitates information sessions for writers of colour where she offers feedback, information and advice about writing and publishing.
The Indian Ocean Writers Project run by the Centre for Stories.
“Rashida’s advice consistently helped me fine-tune my ideas and find my voice as a writer in the process. Rather than attempting to categorise or define my writing based on my skin colour or cultural background, Rashida always supported me in writing the stories I felt needed to be told – regardless of the weird and wacky forms they took.”
Inclusion Matters Project run by The Centre for Stories
“I have never felt uncomfortable working with Rashida—which came as a surprise to me (since I share very personal things through my writing) but is a testament to Rashida’s personality. I have been asked many times what it’s like working with Rashida (because she is well-known and well-loved in our literary community) and I tell them two things—that Rashida keeps inviting me over for coffee and baked goods (the primary sustenance for university students), and that I want to grow up to be her. I have learnt so much about writing, editing, publishing and the literary community from her in such a short period of time, for which I am very grateful. If you haven’t read Rashida’s debut novel, The Historian’s Daughter, you must—it is as exceptional as she is, and I’m sure her second novel will be as well.”