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Free online workshops offered to aspiring writers


Photo: Classes will take place online, in the comfort of your own home. (Photo: Christin Hume on Unsplash)

If you’ve ever considered writing a novel, or maybe just looking to hone your storytelling skills, then a new course on offer could prove to be the start of an exciting new chapter in your life.

Thanks to scholarships received from Arts Council England, adult beginners living in Halton and Warrington, Cheshire, and St Helens, Merseyside are invited to participate in free creative writing workshops.

Organization of Literary Arts, Read now Write now, will be leading the free online workshops and is currently looking for people to participate.

From September 2021, author Charlie Lea will direct six writing workshops, each duration eight weeks, in partnership with Halton Libraries, Cheshire, St Helens Libraries, Merseyside and Livewire Libraries in Warrington, Cheshire.

A person writing using a laptop (Photo: Christin Hume on Unsplash)

At the end of the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to submit a short story which can be included in a published anthology which will be placed in the catalogs of the three libraries and from which an extract of their history will be read and uploaded to YouTube.

Charlie Léa said:

“I am delighted to have received this funding from Arts Council England and to work with Halton, St Helens and Warrington Livewire Libraries. There is already an absolute wealth of creative talent in the North West of England and we want to tap into those who have always wanted to write but have not, for various reasons, had the opportunity or the time to do so. The workshops are designed to be easy to follow, fun, relaxed and informative at the same time.

Writing is wonderful for the mind and the soul. A few minutes of writing can improve health and well-being as well as confidence and we want people from all walks of life and of all adulthood to participate. You don’t need to have had any previous writing experience and I will guide all new writers on what they need to know to write amazing stories. I hope this will be a springboard for people to become full published authors. “

During the workshops, Charlie will use examples from famous novels to guide writers on how to set the scene, build characterization, plot and plan their stories, among other things.

All classes will take place online through Zoom rather than in libraries.

There will be a maximum 15 free places on each course and registration will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Eight-week courses will take place from the week of September 6, 2021

  • Monday afternoon: from September 6: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday evening: from September 7: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday afternoon: from September 8: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday morning: from September 9: from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday morning: from September 10: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday afternoon: from September 11: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you are interested, to book and register, please send an email specifying the course you would like to attend to: [email protected]

For more information, visit the Now read the Write Now website here.


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