Date: June 5, 2023

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Duration: 4 Weeks

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: Free Course

Writing for Social Change with Pragya Agarwal


Introducing the first workshop in the 2023 Connections Through Literature Series run in partnership with the Kildare Library Service.


Course Summary: This four-week online course is aimed primarily at non-fiction writers, but will also be suitable for fiction writers who want to use social and political issues as a stepping-stone for storytelling. Writers will gain a better understanding of how to write about socio-political issues with nuance and sensitivity without it becoming necessarily polemic. They will also learn how about how to research effectively, how to incorporate that research into their storytelling, and the different ways such narratives can be approached and structured.

Course Outline: In each session, writers will look at successful samples of socially-engaged writing and critically analyse 2-3 excerpts. Each session will also provide writing prompts that the writers can use for their own pieces. It will not be obligatory to share but there will be opportunities for writers to circulate their writing and get feedback from others in the group and the tutor. This course will appeal to a wide range of socially conscious writers of different backgrounds from around the world.

Course Outcomes: A range of social issues from local to global including gender politics, racial injustice, disability, and climate crisis will be explored through reading lists from a diverse group of writers. Both long form writing for books and short form journalistic writing will be examined. The course will help writers understand how to use impactful storytelling to affect real-world social change from local to global that they can begin to apply in their own writing. Writers can begin to reflect on their motivations for writing about social issues and what they can achieve through writing. And, there can be an understanding of challenges and opportunities associated with writing about social and political issues.


This workshop is free of charge, but places are limited. Apply using this form by midnight on Wednesday 31st of May 2023:

Applicants will be notified of decisions by Friday 2nd June.


Pragya Agarwal is a professor of social inequities, behavioural and data scientist, founder of a research think-tank investigating gender inequities, and author of four widely acclaimed non-fiction books for adults on racism, gender bias and reproductive justice and a picture book for raising non-racist children. Her writing has also appeared in places such as The Guardian, The Independent, New Scientist, Scientific American, Literary Hub, Willowherb Review, and Aeon. Pragya was selected as a ‘creative thinker’ for innovative and interdisciplinary research by Nesta and awarded the Transmission Prize in 2022 for ‘making complex scientific ideas accessible.’