Libraries secure funding for free creative writing workshops

12 October 2017

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Library Service has secured funding to run a series of free creative writing workshops for adults at libraries across the borough this winter.

A grant of £3,971 has been awarded by the Arts Council England’s National Lottery funded ‘Grants for the Arts’ programme.

The Write Time Write Place project is a series of eight-week adult creative writing courses taking place in libraries from October to December 2017.  The one and half hour sessions will take place during the daytime and will focus on such areas as inspiration, characterisation, settings and plotting stories, revising and editing.

Following on from the workshops, participants will be encouraged to finish their stories and submit them for a Write Time Write Place anthology, which will be professionally published and each course member given a copy.  Cheshire West and Chester Libraries will also keep copies for their lending collection.  Participants will also be given the opportunity to read extracts from their stories at an event at Storyhouse, for World Book Day 2018.

Write Now Write Place is the brainchild of Charles Lea, a local writer and principal of literacy project company Read Now Write Now. The first set of workshops will start in October at Storyhouse, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford Libraries.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Well-being said: “We are delighted that Cheshire West and Chester’s libraries have been successful in obtaining funding from the Arts Council.  These workshops will inspire and empower people across the borough with their creative writing.  These budding writers will also see their work published in a special anthology.” Jane Beardsworth, Director North, Arts Council England said: “As the national development agency for libraries we are very supportive of the use of libraries as creative spaces and this project is an excellent example of such activity. I’m sure everyone who takes part in these creative writing workshops will greatly benefit and I’m pleased that we have supported the project through our Grants for the Arts programme.”

The dates and venues of the workshops are as follows:
  • Chester Library at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester CH1 2AR
    Monday 10am to 11.30am starting 30 October 2017
  • Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 0BG
    Monday 1pm to 2.30pm starting 30 October 2017
  • Northwich Library, Witton Street, Northwich, CW9 5DR
    Friday 10am to 11.30am starting 3 November 2017
  • Winsford Library, High Street, Winsford, CW7 2AS
    Friday 1pm to 2.30pm starting Friday 3 November 2017
For more information on all these events please call into your local library or visit www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/libraries.  To book email: charles@readnowwritenow.org.uk or telephone Charles Lea on 07966 154133.

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