Radical Stories For Radical Change

Radical Stories For Radical Change

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Explore why stories are important, how to get deeper into our own writing practice, and the power we can find in acts of communal creative imagining. The first of the free Mass Submission Project workshops.


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Sarah Lewis


Sun, 1 September 2024
07:00 pm



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Join us for the launch event of the Writing As Resistance Festival

Radical Stories for Radical Change is an interactive writing workshop where we'll explore why stories are important, how can we get deeper into our own writing practice to find deeper truths about what it means to exist at this point in human history, what is it we truly want to say, and the power we can find in acts of communal creative imagining.

What We'll Explore

  • What are radical stories and why they are important
  • What is the Mass Submission Project is and how you can get started on your story
  • What's your personal writing manifesto
  • What you would write if you could write anything at all?
  • What you want to burn down and what you want to rebuild

What You'll Get

A 60 minute webinar with exercises and a Q&A to kick start this month of important and powerful stories. 

Who You Are

  • A writer who wants to explore new ways of telling stories
  • A writer who wants to explore more about the importance, politics and power of stories
  • A writer who wants to participate in a communal creative project
  • A newbie or oldbie who wants to have some writing fun
  • Anyone! 

About the Writers' HQ Writing as Resistance Festival 

Supported by Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Strathclyde

“A word after a word after a word is power” Margaret Atwood

Join Team WHQ, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), and a carefully curated team of incredible authors for a month of panels, workshops, write-alongs and events exploring stories, writing and creativity as radical, political and powerful.

During September, we’re taking a deep dive into the rebellious, subversive nature of creativity and what that means for you, an individual writer sitting in front of a laptop wishing things were better, and for all of us, a community of humans existing together in a world where change often feels impossible.

We’re going to wade deep into the transformative possibilities of fiction and how stories can open portals, sow seeds of change, or lob a well-timed literary Molotov in the jaws of the machine. Fuck yeah!

But! The WHQ Writing as Resistance Festival isn’t just about talking, we’re also doing. With a series of free guided workshops, we are challenging all of you to write a brand new story, but one that’s unlike anything you’ve written before. And then we’ll end he month with a mass celebration during which we’ll send all our stories into the world at once.

The Mass Submission Project

Can stories change the world? Absolutely yes. Throughout the month, via a series of free workshops, we’re challenging you to write a story about climate justice that’s unlike anything you’ve written before. And at the end, we’re all going to submit those stories to the same five mainstream publications. Why are we doing this? Part protest, part art, part ritual outsporing of our collective desires and a demand to be heard. We don’t necessarily expect anything to be published (yet! Cooeee future anthology maybe?!), but we are out to make a noise. There is so much more that stories can do. So we’re going to do it.

Full details of the Writing As Resistance Festival can be found here >>

About your host / hosts

Sarah Lewis

Sarah is an award-winning writer and the director of Writers' HQ. She is obsessed with fiction about climate change that isn't miserable and how to imagine a future that's good, actually. 

She was an environmental journalist and editor for 15 years with work published in The Guardian, The New Statesman, Green Futures and The Ecologist, as well as launching and running an eco-ethical lifestyle magazine. She studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia where she won the David Higham Award. She has been mentored by critically acclaimed authors Peter Hobbs and Leone Ross, was one of the NWS10 talented early career writers, and gained a rarely given ‘special mention’ in the BBC Short Story Award. She hasn’t finished anything significant recently though because she’s too busy running Writers’ HQ and making sure you lot all finish stuff. She is one of the 2024 ARU Writtle Writers in Residence.

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