Stay-at-Home! Festival Survey
Introduction to the research:

The Stay at Home Festival celebrates the power of writing and reading in preventing loneliness and championing connectivity and community amidst social distancing. Workshops, panels, readings, and talks will be hosted from writers’ homes and will be freely accessible to everyone. The festival was developed by Author CJ Cooke in partnership with Paper Nations.

Paper Nations is on a mission to make writing accessible to more people. To do this we are running a programme to explore and investigate the writing landscape; we want to learn how writing can become accessible to everyone as a craft or a career. This work is founded on action based research conducted since 2015. We are evaluating our projects and partnerships to find out what works and how to continue to make local and online environments a place where all writers are supported and inspired.

The Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) has been commissioned by Paper Nations to carry out an evaluation of this work. It is using survey responses to understand the impact of Paper Nations’ online communities on writers and writing. CfEY will analyse responses to help Paper Nations refine how it supports writing communities locally and online.
What does the research involve?
This survey will take around 10 minutes to complete.

We are asking people who have participated in writing activities and communities (online or locally) to complete the survey.
How will Paper Nations store and use your data?
Paper Nations will store survey responses safely, analyse them, write reports, publish and share what we find out, but your name will never be linked to what you say unless you specifically give your permission.

Paper Nations will share the results of this survey securely with CfEY and with other genuine researchers.

You can ask to see your data at any time, and you can also ask for us to destroy your data at any time if you want us to. Please contact Joanna Nissel at j.nissel@bathspa.ac.uk.
How will CfEY store and use your data?
CfEY will store the data from your survey responses securely, and your name will not be shared outside the research team and its data processors. When the survey responses are no longer required, they will be destroyed.

CfEY may share data from your survey responses with other genuine researchers and store our data in an archive so that genuine researchers can see what you said in future. Your name will not be stored without your permission, and other researchers will only be allowed access to your data if they agree to keep it confidential.

Where we store data with a cloud provider, this may be outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Quotes from your survey responses may be used in CfEY’s report to Paper Nations, and other public outputs such as websites and blogs, but CfEY will not use your name.

You can ask to see your data at any time, and you can also ask for us to destroy your data at any time if you want us to. Please contact Sam Baars (sam@cfey.org).
Who can I contact for more information?
If you want more information about the research, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Joanna Nissel from the Paper Nations team at j.nissel@bathspa.ac.uk to ask for more information about the research.
We really hope you will be able to help us by agreeing to take part in this survey. If you are happy to take part, please tick the box, below, indicating that you consent to participate in this survey. *
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What is your name? Please provide your forename(s) and surname.
Your answer
Which of the following statements best describes you? (Select ONE)
Where do you live? (For example, ‘Cardiff’, ‘Bristol’, ‘Stockholm’, etc)
Your answer
Which event were you involved in?
Your answer
Where did the event take place? (select ONE)
How have you been you involved? (Select ONE)
How would you describe yourself in relation to writing and literature? (Select all that apply)
Do you think this event will change how often you write? (Select ONE):
Do you think this event will increase your participation in writing events (e.g. writing groups, literary festivals, workshops) (Select ONE):
How did the event compare with other writing events you have attended? (For example, was it more or less useful/enjoyable/accessible?)
Your answer
To what extent did this event support you as a writer?
Strongly agree
Slightly agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Slightly disagree
Strongly disagree
Don’t know
I developed my skills as a writer
I developed my confidence as a writer
I developed my skills as a facilitator/educator/ presenter
I developed my confidence as a facilitator/educator/ presenter
I expressed myself
I increased my appreciation of the cultural and emotional value of writing
I learnt more about writing as a career or profession
I met and connected with other like-minded people
I professionally networked
Has this event supported you as a writer in another capacity, not listed above?
Your answer
Did you experience any of the following barriers during your participation in this event?
A great deal
To some extent
Not at all
Don't know
High cost/financial pressure
A lack of time
Not feeling that creative writing is for people like me
A lack of information, guidance or advice that I can trust
A lack of resources (including equipment) or space
A lack of motivation
A lack of confidence
A lack of focus (not being able to make a start writing or stick with it after starting)
A lack of support from other people (for example a partner, colleagues, friends or family)
A lack of support from other writers
Geography (not being close to support or activities)
Did you experience any other barriers during your participation in this event, not listed above?
Your answer
Sometimes the following barriers impede people’s writing. To what extent would you say that this event will help you overcome these barriers?
A great deal
To some extent
Not at all
Don't know
High cost/financial pressure
A lack of time
Not feeling that creative writing is for people like me
A lack of information, guidance or advice that I can trust
A lack of resources (including equipment) or space
A lack of motivation
A lack of confidence
A lack of focus (not being able to make a start writing or stick with it after starting)
A lack of support from other people (for example a partner, colleague, friends or family)
A lack of support from other writers
Geography (not being close to support or activities)
Will this event help you overcome any other barriers, not listed above?
Your answer
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