Writing In The Time Of Climate Change
AN ONLINE COURSE FOR WRITERS EXPLORING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

Well-structured, clear, hugely informational. Inspirational and compassionate while refusing to turn away from the monster: instead looking it in the eye, facing it down and not turning to stone. Sarah, you are more than experienced and qualified to lead this course. You’ve brought many tears to my eyes and much hope to my heart, and the stories I’m working on thank you for it all.

Sue Chalkley
Writing In The Time Of Climate Change
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I’ve done this course quickly because I’ve found it so useful and exhilarating that I wanted to keep going. It has helped me think about how to take a positive route through my stories – while obviously trying to avoid mawkishness, or twee sentimentality. I was already on this route, trying to think these issues through but this has distilled it all nicely and has given me my first idea for a short story and more ideas for a novel that I first thought about during the Seven Ideas course. Excellent food for thought.

It’s my editing blueprint for good, for now, forever! I could write a song about this course .. but instead I’ll sing your praises and say how you’ve taken the huge job of drafting a novel and made it simple .. well, simpler, because you have the knack of getting right to the heart of what a novel is, what it’s for, how it works as an entity, who inhabits it. About midway through the course I had a personal business crash that required my total attention to fix, and it’s a shame because I was enjoying the forum and taking part in it. BUT I was safe in the knowledge that if I could get back to reality and my life quick enough, I could continue and I have – and completed! I have a deadline to fulfil with my writing group and if I can manage it, I will return to the Forum too before the course ends in a few days. I will undoubtedly be returning for the course on Submission to an Agent but I’m nowhere near ready. Can I just say how helpful it was knowing the course materials would continue to be up on the site as I’ve desperately needed this time.

My only crit would be, and I mean it in a positive way, is that I felt the whole course could have been double the length anyway – as in 3 months, and then another 6 weeks for the materials to be up on the site. Many exercises of ’60 mins’ or ’45 mins’ took days or a whole week! By the way, more expensive courses I’ve taken (e.g. for thousands!) were NOTHING compared to this!! Bless you, and though I wish you EVERY SUCCESS with your own writing, I hope you DON’T STOP DOING THIS!!! A THOUSAND THANKS.

Tricia Dawson
Writing In The Time Of Climate Change
Don’t even think about it just take this course!

End of week three and I have gone from a wandering, half assed chaotic with a vague idea to a writer with conviction and purpose! Still suffering from imposter syndrome but thankfully have found lots and lots of like minded people in the forum!

It’s my editing blueprint for good, for now, forever! I could write a song about this course .. but instead I’ll sing your praises and say how you’ve taken the huge job of drafting a novel and made it simple .. well, simpler, because you have the knack of getting right to the heart of what a novel is, what it’s for, how it works as an entity, who inhabits it. About midway through the course I had a personal business crash that required my total attention to fix, and it’s a shame because I was enjoying the forum and taking part in it. BUT I was safe in the knowledge that if I could get back to reality and my life quick enough, I could continue and I have – and completed! I have a deadline to fulfil with my writing group and if I can manage it, I will return to the Forum too before the course ends in a few days. I will undoubtedly be returning for the course on Submission to an Agent but I’m nowhere near ready. Can I just say how helpful it was knowing the course materials would continue to be up on the site as I’ve desperately needed this time.

My only crit would be, and I mean it in a positive way, is that I felt the whole course could have been double the length anyway – as in 3 months, and then another 6 weeks for the materials to be up on the site. Many exercises of ’60 mins’ or ’45 mins’ took days or a whole week! By the way, more expensive courses I’ve taken (e.g. for thousands!) were NOTHING compared to this!! Bless you, and though I wish you EVERY SUCCESS with your own writing, I hope you DON’T STOP DOING THIS!!! A THOUSAND THANKS.

Miss T Buick
Writing In The Time Of Climate Change
Don’t you hate it when that happens?

This course is like one of those books that when you read it the first time, you see it one way, but then by the end, you see something else, and you almost want to go back to the beginning and look at everything from that angle. Something that makes you want to squeeze some dirt thru your fingers and imagine your ancestors doing it just like that, 150 years ago, 500 years ago, 10,000 years ago. I did this course in the summer of 2020, and there is lots happening and it feels like a sea change is just about to crest, if only we can hold on long enough and keeps our heads above the water, we’ll be able to make it, together, to someplace where we can all rest.

It’s my editing blueprint for good, for now, forever! I could write a song about this course .. but instead I’ll sing your praises and say how you’ve taken the huge job of drafting a novel and made it simple .. well, simpler, because you have the knack of getting right to the heart of what a novel is, what it’s for, how it works as an entity, who inhabits it. About midway through the course I had a personal business crash that required my total attention to fix, and it’s a shame because I was enjoying the forum and taking part in it. BUT I was safe in the knowledge that if I could get back to reality and my life quick enough, I could continue and I have – and completed! I have a deadline to fulfil with my writing group and if I can manage it, I will return to the Forum too before the course ends in a few days. I will undoubtedly be returning for the course on Submission to an Agent but I’m nowhere near ready. Can I just say how helpful it was knowing the course materials would continue to be up on the site as I’ve desperately needed this time.

My only crit would be, and I mean it in a positive way, is that I felt the whole course could have been double the length anyway – as in 3 months, and then another 6 weeks for the materials to be up on the site. Many exercises of ’60 mins’ or ’45 mins’ took days or a whole week! By the way, more expensive courses I’ve taken (e.g. for thousands!) were NOTHING compared to this!! Bless you, and though I wish you EVERY SUCCESS with your own writing, I hope you DON’T STOP DOING THIS!!! A THOUSAND THANKS.

lindsay ball
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Writing In The Time Of Climate Change

An online course for writers exploring the environmental crisis

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (see reviews)

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£20/month. Access all WHQ membership courses. First month half price!

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Unique creative writing course exploring climate change and fiction

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[/us_iconbox][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293069335-6de171b6-a2c095ae-6d78″ title=”COURSE HOME”][vc_column_text]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. 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, Earth-shattering 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.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293069387-b07b8985-01f795ae-6d78″ title=”CURRICULUM”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]WEEK 1: Why stories are so important to climate change Fear, society and denial The problem with anthropocentrism WEEK 2 Grief, acceptance and telling the truth What’s beyond dystopia?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]WEEK 3 From huge theme to ordinary life Writing in a time of climate change WEEK 4 The new language of climate change Story structure vs real life[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293565423-d19a321c-16ce95ae-6d78″ title=”HOW IT WORKS”][vc_column_text]1. Enrol Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple. 2. Read, watch, do The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least an hour a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work. 3. No rush This course is designed to be done over four weeks but go at your own pace and work at a schedule that suits you. Our forums are always open for support and discussion when you’re ready! 4. No money? No problem We’d love to give our courses away free of charge but we have a terrible notepad and clicky pen habit to keep up. If you’re struggling financially, please head over to our Sponsor A Writer page and see if we can help. 5. Milk no sugar Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570294476168-e2773d62-62e595ae-6d78″ title=”WHAT YOU GET”][vc_column_text]
  • Four weeks of videos and text-based lessons aimed at getting you to think about climate change and your writing in different ways.
  • An in depth exploration of the problems – and solutions – around narrativising climate change.
  • A private forum for collaboration, feedback and discussion.
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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.

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Explore grief and fear, hope and hopelessness in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Join our lovely little online community to support you through your writing and beyond, plus peer feedback and gifs.

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”small”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_image image=”27000″ align=”center” style=”circle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-left%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-left%22%3A%220px%22%7D%7D”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Sarah Lewis Half of Writers’ HQ Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator size=”small”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_image image=”27001″ align=”center” style=”circle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-left%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-left%22%3A%220px%22%7D%7D”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Jo Gatford Half of Writers’ HQ Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator][vc_column_text]
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