Words of Resistance: Storytelling and Writing Non-Fiction to Imagine and Transform

This workshop will consider the many ways that non-fiction can be used creatively to spark small revolutionary fires.

Through examining examples of powerful political writing, this online workshop with writer and editor Leah Cowan will consider tone and voice, and help participants to add ideas and techniques to their creative non-fiction writing toolbox.  Special attention will be paid to exploring one’s audience, along with finding the best ways to communicate with them. You will also think about storytelling as bridging the gap between yourself and your readers/listeners and consider what it means to locate oneself within non-fiction writing.  

What will you do in the workshop?

Participants will consider how non-fiction writing can be used to inspire and fuel social change through looking at extracts, sharing thoughts and reflections, and practicing some creative non-fiction writing techniques. 

What can participants expect?

You will explore some short extracts with space for discussion and idea-sharing. There will be two practical writing exercises (one short, one longer) where writers will have time to write and experiment, with the option to share reflections or short readings with the wider group. 

Who is this opportunity for?

This workshop is for writers who are interested in how non-fiction writing can be used to share radical or revolutionary ideas (however big or small). 

About Developing Tutors 

Developing Tutors offers new and established writers their first opportunity to teach a creative writing workshop with enhanced support from lesson planning to delivery. Following an open call in April 2024, Spread the Word selected 7 workshop ideas from over 40 applications. The workshops will run up to February 2025 and if successful, there will be another open call in 2025. 

Bursary Places 

We have 5 free bursary places for each Developing Tutors workshop available to those who cannot afford the price of a ticket, allocated on a first come first served basis. Please email [email protected] stating which event you would like to attend for free and if we are able to offer you a place we will. Due to availability, we can only accept one bursary request per person for the series of workshops.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at [email protected] by Monday 10 July and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

  • We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.

  • If you have additional access needs or questions, please email us on [email protected]

About Leah Cowan

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Leah Cowan is a writer and editor. She is the former Politics Editor at gal-dem, an online magazine and media platform run by women and non-binary people of colour. Leah also works at Project 17, an advice centre for migrant families who are facing homelessness and destitution. Leah has written for publications including Vice UK, Huck, DOPE magazine, and the Guardian and in 2018 delivered a TEDxTalk presenting an intersectional analysis of emotional labour. Leah has published two non-fiction titles: Border Nation: A Story of Migration (2021), and Why Would Feminists Trust the Police? (2024). They can be found on social media at @leahacowan on Twitter and
@leahacowan on Instagram