Sunday, July 20, 2014

Roving Press supports the Dorset Writers’ Network

Dorset Writers' Network
Inspiring Dorset writers and connecting creative communities

  • ·        Find a group in your area
  • ·        Network with other writers and authors
  • ·        Read and contribute author blogs
  • ·        Take part in webinairs
  • ·        Enhance your skills with workshops
  • ·        Learn professional tips from experts on training days
  • ·        Find writers groups
  • ·        Promote your writing and literary events on the DWN website
  • ·        Enjoy social events
  • ·        Receive regular newsletters
  • ·        Enter competitions
  • ·        Get published in a forthcoming ebook
  • ·        Get involved in various community writing projects involving the young and old

DWN is volunteer-run and currently fundraising for an ebook project and the use of digital media to enhance the Network and give writers across Dorset a more visible and audible voice. Roving Press supports this initiative in bringing writers and readers together.

Carol Hunt, author of The Portland Chronicles, a series of children's novels, at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 'Sharing the Passion' event 

Dorset's Digital Stories
DWN is going digital to make sure we reach people of all ages in creative communities across our rural county. Between summer 2014 and 2015 we will be publishing an e-book involving Dorset residents aged 11–70+; posting podcasts of competition-winning stories and sharing writing related information through regular blog posts. By developing social media we will engage existing and new writers to a broader range of events and activities including one-to-one writers' surgeries and master-class webinars.

With a strong record of supporting writers at every stage in their work, from beginners to published writers, DWN is in an ideal position to continue this work. We have received excellent feedback on previous events including training, creative workshops and the dissemination of writing opportunities locally, regionally and nationally. 

Coordinators Sue Ashby and Patricia Yonwin and the five members of our Steering Committee, including Gail Aldwin, are committed to the development of Dorset Writers’ Network and work largely in a voluntary capacity.  Our very successful Dorset Community Foundation-funded project this year has been Pen Pals, a reminiscence project with dementia and Alzheimer sufferers and their carers in Purbeck.

To fund our exciting new project, we have raised £12,500  (85% of our target).  Another £1,000 will secure the extra we need for providing an online Writers' Resource for both individual writers and writing groups to use.  

If you are able to consider partnering us in this and would like to make a financial contribution, however small, we will list you as a donor and promote your latest publication and/or arts project on our website.

Please make your cheque to Dorset Writers’ Network and send to Patrician Yonwin (Treasurer), 8 The Orchard, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester DT2 8NN
01305 852117