Writing to Make Change Happen

A creative non-fiction writing course at Arvon with Charlotte Du Cann and Lucy Neal

How can we forge a narrative together in this time of ecological and social crisis; one that is not afraid to communicate hard truths and helps people thrive in difficult times?

We will explore how to listen to different voices (human and non-human), how to inspire and catalyse new stories, how to bear witness and write on behalf of others – reclaiming a traditional role for writers within the community as truth-tellers, record keepers and agents of change.

The week will be led by Lucy Neal (co-founder of London International Festival of Theatre and author of Playing for Time) and Charlotte Du Cann (co-editor of Dark Mountain books). During the week, participants are invited to create a solo piece of writing in addition to a collective work, in collaboration with others.

Suitable for writers, artists, activists, performers, producers, campaigners, communicators.

Guest writer for Wednesday night reading TBC

How to Apply

Please send a 500 word statement to [email protected] by Monday 23rd April explaining what you hope to achieve from the week in terms of developing your own writing, and also how participation might benefit the social context, organisation, field or community in which you work. You should also indicate whether you have undertaken an Arvon course before. Please note that as the cost of the course is subsidised as part of Arvon’s Learning and Participation programme, we are unable to offer any additional grants. If you have any questions please contact Joe Bibby on 0207 324 2562 [email protected].


Feedback from participants on past Writing to Make Change Happen courses:

The Arvon course helped me find my voice. By living in a supportive community of writers, and being mentored by our tutors, I was exposed to so many new styles and felt free to express myself in ways I never could alone.

Lucy and Charlotte created an amazing space for us to flourish, breathe, grow as writers.

The course was an adventure and everyone I met taught me something vital about changing the world. Now I just need to keep writing.

Single room price: £500