Had a very enjoyable time yesterday at the wonderful Dorchester library for the launch of the Dorset Stories Project paperback. It’s called This Little World and it’s a collection of 500-word stories from writers of all ages who wrote about our lovely county. It was made even more enjoyable by the fact that I went with one of my fellow writers from The Writers’ Study – the group I belong to that meets fortnightly.
At the end of last year, Dorset Writers’ Network had secured funding from the Arts Council and elsewhere
to arrange a series of writing workshops around the villages of Dorset, and in some schools. They were run by experienced writing tutors who gave us encouragement to go off and pen a story about Dorset.
Those deemed the best of the resulting tales have been put together in the anthology that was launched yesterday. The book is now available to buy on Amazon.
During the day, before and after the launch, we were invited to take part in a series of workshops on such disciplines as Writing for Young Adults, Writing Dialogue, Online Publishing and more. We also met novelists Kathy Sharp, Laura E James and Kate Kelly, who told us about their different routes into being published authors. They were generous with their time and advice.
It was a wonderful day apart from a few hiccups regarding coffee supplies (help!) but it was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring day and fabulous to meet most of those involved in the project; whether as organisers, facilitators, tutors, or writers. Bravo Dorset Writers’ Network!