About Us

Meet the face behind Chasing Driftwood

Chantelle Atkins

Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to both reading and music, and is on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere, This Is The Day and a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. Her latest work, Elliot Pie’s Guide to Human Nature is due for release in October 2018.


Our Story

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.

Children’s  Workshops

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…

Adult Writing

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.


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!




My writing career began when I started attending Chasing Driftwood’s adult writing group. Before then I didn’t feel confident enough to write. – Toby Martin
Chantelle was very welcoming even before I attended the first session. She set me at ease in her emails and offered a warm welcome when I got there.
“The group is a warm and encouraging one. I thought I’d be nervous reading my writing aloud but everyone is positive and critique with kindness. Being a small group adds to its supportive ethos.
Chantelle has become a great ally for my writing. She has even beta read my novel and provided feedback. This is typical of her friendly nature and desire to help other writers succeed.
I cannot recommend Chasing Driftwood and Chantelle enough to fellow writers; newbies and veterans alike. She is always listening and reacting to what writers want and providing workshops and sessions relevant for all ages”. – Adult Workshop Attendee



 The Dorset Writers Network, established in October 2010 exsists to support writing groups in your community or develop your individual skills as a writer. Whatever your level of expertise we provide  workshops, author events and training days.