The Writing Project
The writing projects that Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice has established reflect a preoccupation with a need for the systemic practice community to feel ownership of our journals, to feel connected to the texts they read, and feel entitled to take up space with their writings.
Critical times need new ways of responding. This writing project is such a response. Our writings can help us make sense of how our worlds are changing and how we want to help change our worlds. Writing creates community and takes us all further. The Pandemic as Systemic Flux writing project is a platform for many different sorts of writing poetry, flash tales, papers and imagery. Contributions are welcome from systemic people across transdisciplinary communities to offer different perspectives and create new connections. We ask for writings from the heart, from the kitchen table, from the care home, the streets, the relatives’ waiting area, from our shared or personalised life-work spaces.
Systemic flux is a term we are using to draw attention to emergent processes with many kinds of relational consequences. Different shape-changing systemic and relational processes are affecting – and being affected by - human and non-human lives/materials, ideas, narratives and values. These movements can unfold at a snail’s pace or in a lightning flash. As systemic or relationally attuned people, we are well-placed to capture our observations and use writing as a similar form of flux in shaping and reshaping our ideas and noticings for ourselves and others to learn from.
The First Wave of this project (March - October 2020) is being archived and transitioning to move into the Second Wave of this project.
See end of this page for the guidance and invitation to submit to Pandemic as Systemic Flux website.
2. Writing Workshops
Twice a year we host online writing workshops for systemic and relationally attuned professionals to develop their writing for publication. These workshops encourage first person writing from within the living moment of practice. Watch this space for dates of the next workshops.
Coming soon: This weblog addresses how we change our world through systemic understanding, imagining and acting to challenge power relations which get in the way of social and climate justice.
Pandemic as Systemic Flux Invitation
- Creative Non-Fiction and Fictionalised Realities. 5000 words.
- Flash Tales. An entire story in 1000 words.
- Peer reviewed papers (7500 words). See website for guidance.
- Writings must address the theme Pandemic as Systemic Flux.
- The maximum word counts are fixed. This includes your title, any introduction, footnotes, acknowledgements, references, photo attributions etc.
- Writings must be entirely your own original work and not previously published elsewhere including on websites. Co-authorship is permitted.
- Writings should be submitted only to this Murmurations journal Pandemic as Systemic Flux writing project and not submitted elsewhere.
- Writings must be in English with British English spelling please.
- For an international readership, please explain any local political and healthcare etc. contexts and write all acronyms and abbreviations in full throughout.
- All professional terms and jargon must be understandable to a wider audience.
- Our editorial standards respect the diversity and dignity of our audience. Writings are only accepted which demonstrate respect for others, which do not identify real people in ways which compromise their privacy or the quality standards or security of Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice.
- No commercial or sponsored posts will be considered (i.e., any post intended to sell something or for which you are compensated).
- Any copyright or intellectual property rights infringements will result in exclusion of the submission.
- Rolling submissions. New uploads each month.
- By sending us your writing, you are agreeing to the publication of the writing in Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice and on the systemicflux.com website.
- Submission is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with The Writing Project and which category in the subject line.
- Please send your writings as separate Word documents.
This writing project is sponsored by Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice. Murmurations is a free open-access peer-reviewed journal online at www.murmurations.cloud
Watch this space: www.systemicflux.com