White Water Writers
“White Water Writers" is a psychology-based intervention which gives groups of aspiring authors the opportunity to collaboratively write and publish their own full length novel in a week.
The participants plan, write, proofread and develop their novel as a team. By the end of the week the book is placed for sale on Amazon and a few weeks later we host a book signing event where authors are presented with professionally printed copies of their novels at a book signing event attended by friends and family. The project has demonstrable positive effects on literacy, soft skills such as team work and on psychological variables such as self-efficacy and locus of control. It can also lead to higher aspiration.
The project has helped more than 3000 people become authors, this has included primary, secondary and university students, care experienced young people and young people with SEND. The project has also run in Japan, the Netherlands and Ghana. We have recently been working with young and adult offenders. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 we have also developed a short story version of the project which has run in several prisons in the UK to provide purposeful activity and a way of enhancing family relationships during lockdown.
Novels created through the project can be found here, a video summary here, and interviews with some of the authors here. A longer written account of the work can be found here.
The project has been funded extensively since 2014 as follows:
2020 University of Glasgow Chancellor’s Fund, £1,700
2020 ESRC IAA Covid 19: Creative Writing in Prisons, £1,400
2017 Higher Horizons and NCOP, £66,547
2015 SHINE £49,000
2015 Earnest Cook £6,600
2014 Higher Education Innovation Fund £32,000
Dr Yvonne Skipper, University of Glasgow, School of Education
Dr Joe Reddington, eQuality Time
Prof Patrick Leman, University of Waikato