Calling all budding writers – creative writing workshops are coming to Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Have you always wanted to write but don’t know how to begin? One writer will be giving workshops to help aspiring Dorset writers tell their stories.

As part of a new project funded by the Arts Council, writer Louisa Adjoa Parker will be running creative writing workshops for over 16s, to help and support budding writers to nurture their talent and ideas. The two workshops will be called For the Love of Words and will run across two evenings. The workshops will be taking place at the newly opened Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum on May 15 and May 24 from 6pm to 8pm.

Louisa, who is of Ghanaian and English heritage, lived in west Dorset until recently and now lives in south Somerset. She has had two poetry collections published by Cinnamon Press. As well as poetry she writes fiction, articles and black history. Her work has been published and performed widely.

She said: “I started writing to talk about my experience of being dual heritage in the west country – something my white friends couldn’t relate to. I also wrote about other aspects of ‘difference’, and I am passionate about representing diverse voices through my work. I am also passionate about telling stories from the rural south west – and the people who live in this beautiful part of the UK – as we aren’t often represented in literature.”

Louisa said that everyone was welcome to the workshops, which are priced at £5, and she is particularly hoping to work with people from marginalised backgrounds.

Anyone interested in attending the workshops should email Louisa via louisaparker3@hotmail.com to book. Concessionary rates are available, and Shire Hall has disabled access.

More information about events at Shire Hall can be found on their website shirehalldorset.org or via the museum’s social media – find the team on Facebook @DorsetShireHall, Instagram @shire_hall_dorset and on Twitter @ShireHallDorset.