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.


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Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, an international development organisation.

We believe in the transformative power of stories

Commonwealth Writers was set up in 2012 to inspire, empower and connect writers and storytellers from all parts of the world.  Our activities take place in Commonwealth countries, but our community is global.

We work directly with writers on a variety of projects including short films, radio drama, non-fiction and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. We’re particularly interested in collaborating with people who want to make a difference through their work.

Responsive and proactive, Commonwealth Writers is open to new ways to find and promote strong, original voices for international platforms. We work with international partners, for example Hay Festival and BOCAS Lit Fest, to help us achieve this,

We believe that well-told stories can help people make sense of events, engage in dialogue and take action to improve their lives. All our projects include a Commonwealth Writers Conversation – The Untold Story, which is a space where people can exchange and discuss views and ideas on subjects and themes that are often met with silence in societies around the world.