Digging Deeper: Escaping Taken For Granted Narratives

Digging Deeper: Escaping Taken For Granted Narratives

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There are so many narratives that we take for granted, so how do we find different stories and dismantle the assumptions we all make and that keep us locked in to the same damaging behaviours?


For all Gold Star Members

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Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs


Tue, 10 September 2024
07:00 pm



How Much

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There are so many narratives that we take for granted, so how do we find different stories and dismantle the assumptions we all make and that keep us locked in to the same damaging behaviours?

When it comes to climate justice, commercial viability and "the business case" are often used as excuses to dismiss social and environmental impacts created by how we live and how organisations operate - and yet we can barely begin to imagine other ways of living.

In this workshop, we'll explore different stories and narratives to challenge the idea that everything needs to be motivated by money.

Through writing sprints and a chance to speak to others, you’ll come away with words on the page and ideas about how to start new conversations about taken-for-granted narratives.

What We'll Explore

  • The case of the Grand Coulee Dam, which will take over 100 years to pay off and the construction of which wiped out June hogs and supersalmon
  • How we can use narrative non-fiction and fiction to challenge the assumptions in this case study and others
  • How we recognise our own assumptions and taken-for-granted narratives and use our stories to challenge them

What You'll Get

A 60 minute webinar with exercises and a Q&A to explore taken-for-granted narratives

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

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs is a social scientist, author, and coach based near the Lake District. Katherine helped raise more than a £1 million to set up community sustainability projects, including co-founding a Transition Town and a bike rental scheme. For over a decade she has lectured on sustainable lifestyles, organisational change and climate activism at UK universities. Her personal essays have appeared in Yes! Solutions Journalism, Literary Veganism, Fast Company, among others. Most mornings she can be found with muddy knees weeding at the allotment or recording content for her podcast Joyful Climate Writing.

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