Dear Colleagues,
“If you don’t write your story yourself, someone else will do it for you. So you’ve got to get out there and write it,” (Benjamin Zephaniah).
In the past few months we have seen a number of media stories placing the blame on the working class for a whole range of society’s ills, from Brexit to Donald Trump. Typically the working class have been ignored and even told that they don’t exist for decades and then all of a sudden we are rediscovered – in order to be made a convenient scapegoat for the wider failings of our political and economic system. Our culture and media are increasingly dominated by middle and upper class voices. It is time for that to change.
The CWU Education & Training Department have launched the Workers’ Writes creative writing competition in order to encourage CWU members to feel confident in expressing ourselves and telling our stories. The competition is open to all members from now until 1st March 2017.
Write a short story, poem or other form of creative writing around the theme of ‘Making My Mark’. Entries can be up to a maximum of 1,000 words – or as few as you need. They can be funny, sad, moving, angry – whatever you want them to be.
All entries should be sent to or
Workers’ Writes CWU Education & Training Department 150 The Broadway Wimbledon London, SW19 1RX 

Entrants must ensure that they include their name, contact details and CWU Branch.
The competition is supported by Express Yourself, an online course on CWU Left Click.
The course offers tips and tricks for creative writing and also helps with practical writing skills like writing a formal letter and how the English language works. The course is available now on

A poster advertising both is attached to this document. Could all branches please circulate to encourage maximum participation.
Yours sincerely,


Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 697/16 – Workers’ Writes creative writing competition

Creative Writing Poster


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