Commonwealth Writers inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It then links them to groups which seek to bring about social change.

Creative expression is related to every aspect of life. It is one of the roots of development, understood not just in terms of economic growth but also as a means to achieve a more satisfactory intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual existence. Creative expression is central to contemporary debates about identity, social cohesion, and the development of a knowledge based economy. This approach to learning includes the process of developing an awareness of one’s social reality through action-reflection-action.

At the heart of Commonwealth Writers is the transformative power of stories. There is an opportunity in Commonwealth countries to harness the potential of fiction to affect the way people think, act and ultimately engage with the governance structures in their communities.