White Water Writers Highly Commended in the Emerald International Real Impact Awards in the category of ‘Mobilising Research into Action’.

We are delighted to announce that White Water Writers has been Highly Commended in the Emerald International Real Impact Awards in the category of ‘Mobilising Research into Action’.  These awards “celebrate those in the research community who go above and beyond to make a difference to their communities or wider society.”

White Water Writers is run by Dr Yvonne Skipper in the School of Education, in partnership with Joe Reddington from the charity eQuality Time.  The project is based on psychological literature and research and gives groups of people the opportunity to collaboratively write and publish a full-length novel in just one week. 

The project has facilitated more than 2,000 people aged from 8 years old through to adults to write and publish their own novels.  We have worked in various settings, including schools, hospices, and in prisons. 

Our authors plan, write, proofread and publish their own novel in just 5 days. At the end of the week, their books are put up for sale online and the authors receive royalty cheques for their work.  A few weeks later we host a book signing event which is attended by friends, family, and the local press to celebrate their achievement.

The project has a demonstrable positive impact on our authors’ soft skills, literacy and aspirations. As one author said: “I’m not taking a B in English now I’m a real author.”

Dr Skipper said: “We are passionate about using our knowledge to co-create interventions which have a real-world impact, so we are delighted to have received this award in recognition of this work.  We are looking forward to growing the project further in future.”

 


First published: 6 June 2022

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