Research from Professor Baden at the University of Southampton provides important insights into how to use fiction most effectively to inspire greener behaviour, and about how to motivate sustainable practices more generally. Denise is happy to talk at writing and/or sustainability themed events or as a guest lecturer on creative writing courses about her research and how to write to change the world or for a cause.


World Forum on Climate Justice 22nd Sept 2021  ‘Inspiring Green Behaviours: How to Move beyond Preaching to the Converted’.
Online 11.00 – 11.15 Sign up here
Irish Writers Centre Climate Writers Group 6th October 2021  ‘Writing climate fiction’
Online 19.35 – 21.00 Sign up here
Ethical Consumer week 21st Oct 2021  7pm – 9pm: ‘Inspiring Green Behaviours’.
Online. Pay as you can
Self-Publishing Conference 23/24 Oct 2021 ‘Writing for a Cause: Do’s and Don’ts’.
Online date/time tbc
Bristol Climate Writers Nov 10th 7.30 – 9pm. ‘Writing for a Sustainable Future’.
Festival of Social Science, November 2021 ‘Imagining a Sustainable Future via Green Stories’.
Free entry. Date tbc. Location may be at University of Southampton or online – tbc Check again soon for upcoming events or subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of future events.

Previous Events

  • Talk on ‘writing to change the world’ at the Writers Weekend 26th June 2021. There are four wonderful days of events and talks for writers 24-27 June including a talk by Denise Baden on writing to change the world – see
  • Green Stories Workshop –Writing about Nature and the Climate with Professor Denise Baden. 20th February 2021. This workshop will give tips on how to write to change the world. Sign up for the free event by clicking here
  • Free Prize Giving Event, Regents University, London on 27th Jan 2020 7pm – 9.30pm.Talks by industry professionals, readings of winning entries and opportunity to network
  • A writer’s workshop, University of Southampton 1st/2nd Feb 2020. A writer’s workshop is being hosted by the judges to generate ideas – see
  • Book launch for ‘Resurrection Trust’ October Books, Southampton 28/3/2019. ‘Resurrection Trust is a collection of funny, dark, mad, bad, upbeat, downbeat and fantastical short stories about living sustainably from the University of Southampton’s Green Stories writing competition. From eco communities to singing buildings, and sharing economies, these stories showcase a myriad of different ideas about how humans can live more harmoniously with nature, and each other. Foreword by Caroline Lucas and review by Jonathan Porritt. Resurrection Trust is available from October Books, online from Amazon, or even better
  • Writer’s workshop 19/20 January 2019 at University of Southampton.
Prize Giving Event for short story competition 21/6/2018 October Books, Southampton. This celebrates the winners of our Green Stories competition, and pick up a free mini-anthology to give you a taster before the full one is published early 2019.