‘Writing happiness’ – a course for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent writers

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Apply by 30 September 2021. ‘Writing Happiness – Writing back joyfully’ is a creative writing workshop course exploring writing about happiness, run by and for D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent writers, including those with long term mental health problems and chronic illnesses.

The workshops will be facilitated by Rachel Lewis and Elspeth Wilson, two experienced writers and facilitators with lived experience of disability and chronic illness, alongside guest facilitators Jamie Hale and Christy Ku. Spread the Word is supporting the project.

The workshops will create a dedicated space for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent writers to explore taking inspiration from joy, tranquillity and happiness, and to explore the nuance and complexity of happiness. 

This course will provide you with new tools and techniques to develop your writing practice and a supportive community. The course will culminate in a paid performance opportunity (£75) and publication in a digital anthology.

Who is this course for?

  • Writers who identify as D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent 
  • Writers who work in any genre(s), including poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction, scriptwriting etc
  • Writers who want to develop their skills 
  • Writers aged 18+ and based in the UK 

Applications are particularly encouraged from writers who are also queer, trans, non-binary, on a low income, Black, a person of colour and/or from any other group that considers themselves underrepresented in writing and the literary world.

No prior experience is necessary. We are looking for a wide range of writers with different levels of experience to fill the 12 spaces on the course – please do consider applying whether or not you have ever done a writing course before!

The details

The workshops are free and will be held online on Zoom. Applications close on: Thursday 30th September at 5pm. All applicants will find out whether they have a place on the workshop series by Sunday 10th October.

The dates of the workshops are:

  • 30pm – 8.30pm, Monday 1st November
  • 30pm – 8:30pm, Monday 8th November
  • 30pm – 8:30pm, Monday 15th November
  • 30pm – 8:30pm, Monday 22nd November
  • 30pm – 8:30pm, Monday 29th November

There will also be a showcase event at 6.30pm on Monday December 6th


We are committed to creating the most accessible space that we can. All workshops will be BSL interpreted and auto-captioned. There will be a break in every workshop and during the showcase. Any reading materials will be sent out in advance and also read aloud during the workshops. We will gather feedback as we go to ensure we make the workshops as accessible as possible for all participants.

For full details and information on how to apply visit: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/writing-happiness/.