We have exciting news! After three years of development, The Writer’s Cycle is now available to download. The Writer’s Cycle is a valuable resource for those interested in supporting writers. The Cycle can be used to develop creative writing programmes, classes, workshops, and events for writers at any age or phase in their writing journey.
Every writer is unique, bringing an array of differing experiences and perspectives. This means that effective support for writers needs to be adaptable and flexible — and needs to approach each writer holistically as an individual. This is why The Writer’s Cycle is not a prescriptive curriculum, but instead a descriptive tool rooted in creative values. Centring the writer as an author of transformation, The Writer’s Cycle charts the different contexts in which writers creatively explore throughout their writing lives. Through these contexts, or themes, The Writer’s Cycle offers pathways for creative development which recognise an individual writer’s motivations, values and interests.
It is our hope that writing educators can use The Writer’s Cycle to design writing support that helps writers grow, following a pathway which suits them.
Many of you will know that this has been a long journey, which began with extensive research. This process was necessary to incorporate the experiences of and feedback from over 700 writers and organisations, as well as the latest research into ongoing developments such as the impact of Covid-19.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the development of this resource. We are very grateful to you for your time, care, and willingness to share expertise. With your help, it is our hope that thousands of writers will have greater support in place and that the writing ecology will continue to strengthen and transform for the better.
Joanna Nissel and Isabelle Thompson
Contributors to The Writer’s Cycle