Made in Wirral

Wirral Libraries presents Made in Wirral- free creative writing and art workshops for adults in Wirral

Contact Details: to sign up

Yellow text reading "Made In Wirral" imposed over a desk with a piece of paper on it with a n apparently pencil-drawn map of Wirral. A pencil underneath the text has the words 'free crearive writing and art workshops for adults in Wirral' on it.. On the right side are partner logos: Arts Council, Make It In Libraries, Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral Council,, Read Now Write Now and Imagine Attic


Creative writing workshops

Want to learn how to write an amazing story and be published in an illustrated anthology, then join Read Now Write Now for a 6 week course this summer.


Charles Lea ( will be delivering workshops aimed to help people with no writing, or little writing experience. Develop your artistic journey to become a writer by attending these workshops and submit a story into an anthology. You could see your work published and showcased digitally and continue your writing journey into the future. Charles wants people to see how wonderfully artistic they can be, giving you some tools to use and hopefully inspire your writing into the future.


The sessions, one to one guidance and activities are all designed to work in a positive and uplifting manner to encourage writers to feel confident and write their own story using “The Wirral” as the project’s theme.


Charles will deliver a 6-week course of creative writing. Workshops are available as below:


Thursday mornings, Wallasey Central Library – starting 9th June 2022 10.30am to 12pm

Friday mornings, Bebington Central Library – starting 10th June 2022 10.30am to 12pm

Tuesday evenings, via Zoom – starting 7th June 2022 7pm to 8.30pm

Saturday afternoons, via Zoom – starting 11 June 2022 2pm to 3.30pm


Each week Charles will guide you on a particular topic:

  • Introduction to the course and how to find inspiration
  • Setting the Scene
  • Characterisation & Dialogue
  • Planning, plots and dilemmas
  • Building Suspense and Tension
  • Revising, editing and thinking about a title


During the sessions there will be gentle exercises for you to take part in and examples from literature to help understanding. Participants will be able to ask questions at any time.  The sessions will be supported by a curated reading list and book collection of local authors and regional publisher books (available for library loan post project)



Charles will also run a weekly blog to showcase what is going on in the sessions and to allow more people to see what the course is about. Participants will be encouraged to write their own posts.


One to One Sessions

Following on from the 6-week course there will be a period for participants to write up a story of up to 2000 words. During this period, Charles will offer one to one sessions with people over Zoom to go through their stories and offer advice and support.


Submitting Stories to Anthology

There will be a deadline for submission of stories. Submissions to the illustrated anthology will not be mandatory, only encouraged. Charles will then edit and collate all the stories and add them to the anthology for printing. Every writer who has submitted a story will receive a free copy and copies will be available for library loan. A digital version of the anthology will also be added to BorrowBox for library users to access.


Your creative writing journey is only one part of this exciting project. In September you will return for your art workshops at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum


Creative illustration workshops

You will be offered two x 2.5 hour workshops to create a visual response to accompany your written piece of work or ideas from the workshops. The free workshops will accommodate a maximum of 15 participants, and will be led by professional local artist and creative practitioner Nicola McGovern and be supported by a young / early career Wirral-based workshop support facilitator. Workshops will take place at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in September 2022.

Using Matisse’s Cut-Outs work and Nicola’s papercut illustrations for inspiration, participants will create their own unique multi-layered paper collages developed in response to their own written texts.

The first session will explore ideas, composition, pattern design and practical cutting techniques and the second session will focus on individuals creating their papercut collage artworks with support from the workshop leader and facilitator. There will be 1 week in-between the 2 sessions for participants to source images or take photographs to work from if needed. With sustainability in mind, workshop materials will be plastic-free where possible and any offcuts will be reused or recycled.

There will be limited “Working from Home” packs available for anyone who cannot attend the workshops in person but would like to take part and create an illustration to accompany their text. These will be supported by an online video tutorial and email support.

Your illustration will then be included in the anthology with your story.

Celebratory Showcase launch

A celebratory launch in November 2022 will take place for all our published authors. Participants will have the chance to meet and read extracts from their stories with the support of professional actors. We are also going to professionally record the launch and make a short video of your contributions. Work will be exhibited in Wirral Libraries between December 2022 and January 2023.


Prior to this launch event participants will have the opportunity to receive instruction and delivery solutions at 2 workshops with professional actors. You will also be invited to a co-creation group with the Williamson Art Gallery’s Digital Officer as you explore your creative journey and how we can best display and listen to your illustrations and stories on our dedicated webpages.


Work from the creative workshops will also be made available online through co-created webpages in partnership with the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum to showcase the work and the processes involved in its creation after attendance at a special workshop with The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum’s Digital Officer.


Want to sign-up? Then email:


Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral