Chasing Driftwood Writing Group was set up by Christchurch author Chantelle Atkins in May 2015. The aim of the group is to deliver workshops, events and clubs to those who are passionate about writing. Chasing Driftwood runs creative writing workshops for children aged 7-16 years in the school holidays. These workshops are ideal for budding young writers, and cover a wide variety of topics, such as short stories, screenwriting, FanFiction, poetry, journals, flash fiction and more… The adult writing group aims to encourage local writers to get writing and keep writing. Within a warm and friendly atmosphere, members are encouraged to share and offer feedback on work, and can request information and sessions on any subjects from conquering social media, to which publishing route is best for them. There is a real emphasis on progress!

In December 2017 Chasing Driftwood became a Community Interest Company. The aims of the group have not changed, but now we are able to access grants to enable us to fund our writing projects! add another page.


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    1. Hello Sarah, yes I certainly do! You can order tickets via the link on the Children’s Workshop page here on the blog, or if you would prefer to pay on the door that is fine! I would just need a contact number left with me on the day. Many thanks! Chantelle


  1. Hi, I would like to come to the Writers group next Monday (9th). Do I need to register or can I just come along? I have been in a great group before and am excited to get my writing moving again. Cheers, Richard


  2. Hi, I’m a really inexperienced writer but I am really interested in learning more. Could I get a bit more info regarding attending one of the workshops please. I live in Christchurch.


    1. Hi Will! Yes of course. The next adult workshop is booked for Saturday 8th July, 10am-1pm, Christchurch Library, Community Room 2. Tickets are £12 per person and available on the link below. This is a thorough workshop for anyone thinking about self-publishing. We will be looking in great detail about what it actually means to be an indie writer, and what you need to do in order to grow a following. It’s going to be very honest, as well as positive and the aim is for people to go away knowing whether self-publishing is for them or not. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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    1. Hi Katie, of course. The writing club is running every Monday over the school holiday. There are various things on offer, such as Comic Books, FanFiction, Poetry and more. This is a slightly different approach to what we normally do, as we are trying out something new. Normally we run workshops which are an hour and a half or two hours long, for which tickets need to be bought online. This is a more casual, pay as you go approach, so we are just going to see what works best for parents really. The session is £5 per child and all materials are provided. They are every Monday 11-12pm (started today) The only exception will be Monday 14th August which I now need to change to Tuesday the 15th August. I am waiting to hear back from Portfield Hall management to confirm this change, but it should be fine, and I will post details on here and on the Facebook page. I can also add your name to my email list if you would like. That way, whenever there is any news about Chasing Driftwood, you will be guaranteed to hear about it. I hope that helps and please let me know if you have any further questions! Chantelle


  3. Hi. I was wondering if you are doing a writing workshop this Easter holidays. I have a 9 yr old daughter, Honey, who would be very interested. Many thanks.


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