Humanity is defined by the stories we tell ourselves. But our stories are failing and the world is suffering. It’s time to tell a new story. This is a course for writers who want to explore climate change and the environmental crisis in their work.
So. Climate change, eh?
Looks like we’ve gone from ‘oh we should do something about this’ to ‘holy crap we’re in deep doodoo’ pretty quickly. But where is the overwhelming body of art and literature that this crisis should be inspiring?
We’re not talking dystopia here.
We’re talking the stories about how we live now.
Stories about the fear and grief and rage.
Stories of hope and hopelessness.
Stories about living and surviving during the slow apocalypse of climate change, the collapse of capitalism, the implosion of democracy.
The creative response to climate change has always been troubled; at first slow to appear and then struggling to have meaningful impact.
It is easy to feel despondent; it’s also easy to forget that we have always been defined by the stories we tell ourselves.
The climate crisis demands from us nothing less than a new way of telling stories and a new way of listening.
Without an adequate cultural response we will struggle with a meaningful social and political response, and in this respect the role of artists and writers is clear.
Based our sell-out, transformational, generally awesome climate writers retreat in 2019, this course plays host to writers at all stages who are keen to engage in climate change but find their work is somehow paralysed.
During this course we will discuss the problems of narrativising climate change and focus on what each writer needs from themselves and their community to be able to bring their stories forward into the world.
(Writers’ HQ declared a climate emergency half way through 2019. Full details can be found here.)
LESSONS IN THIS COURSE
WHY CLIMATE CHANGE STORIES ARE SO IMPORTANT
Fear, society and denial
The problem with anthropocentrism
and telling the truth
WRITING IN A TIME OF
From huge theme
to ordinary life
THE NEW LANGUAGE
OF CLIMATE CHANGE
vs real life
Get full access to Writing In The Time Of Climate Change when you
join Writers' HQ today!
Get stuck in straight away with our specialist library of online courses covering everything from productivity, idea generation, short stories, and novels, to editing and publishing – suitable for writers at any point in their writing journey.
ROADMAPS TO GUIDE YOU FROM STARTING, MIDDLING AND FINISHING
Our step-by-step roadmaps will guide you from a standing start to a solid writing routine, help you smash through writers block, and hold your hand through the winding alleys of novel writing.
With Writers’ HQ, there’s no writer left behind.
THE MOST AWESOME, SUPPORTIVE, HILARIOUS, PRODUCTIVE writing COMMUNITY
Whether it’s to help you workshop a story, offer in-depth critique, celebrate a finished story, squee over an acceptance, argue over the finer points of an arcane novel, or pick you up when you’ve had a rejection, the Writers’ HQ community is everything.
Members get access to special buddy groups and accountability logs, and you’ll often find Team WHQ loitering on the forums instead of doing their own writing.
Hone your craft by getting answers to your writerly questions and exploring your challenges with regular online events, including live Q&As, masterclasses, flash fiction write-alongs, goal setting sessions, and advanced journaling workshops.
WHQ SUCCESS STORIES
If you’re ready to take your writing to the next stage just click the thing and do the thing. Woohoo yeah do it do it yeah woo etc and so on
Sign up now and get the first month for £10
Monthly recurring payment. Cancel any time
Save £50 when you join for a year
No automatic renewal so no surprises in 12 months!
Head on over to the bursary page to find out about free Writers’ HQ membership