Call for Participants

Join the renowned poet Pascale Petit, our first West Lakes Writer in Residence, to experience different approaches to creative writing in seven weeks through lively workshops and day trips!

Who is it for: Over 60s with some or no experience of writing, residing in Copeland. Places in this programme are limited and people from minority backgrounds – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, Black and Ethnic Minorities and/or disabled – will be given priority.

Where: all workshops will take place in Florence Arts Centre, Egremont and trips will happen across West Cumbria, if you have any issue with transportation, please let us know.

When: seven weeks starting the 24th of August including a break week.

  • The workshop (2pm – 4pm) dates are: 24th Aug, 31st Aug, 7th Sep, 21st Sep, 28th Sep and 5th Oct;
  • The trip (10am – 3pm) dates are: 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th

What: The programme of six workshops and four day trips will not only introduce you to a range of writing including poetry, novel and drama, but also give you a knowledge of local writing heritage including the Wordsworths, Norman Nicholson and Hugh Walpole on its day trips.

The Outcome: the writing produced in the programme may be included in a final publication. Events and readings featuring some of the writing – either by the participants or by Pascale are also planned as part of a diversity festival, Elements, in October. The participants can remain anonymous or adopt a pen name for the publication and events.

Cost: FREE! However, all confirmed participants* must send a deposit of £20 to Age UK West Cumbria, payable to OutREACH Cumbria, the deposit is refundable upon attending 7 of the 10 activities.

If you are interested in taking part, please fill in and submit our sign-up form by clicking on the button below.