CREATIVE writing sessions designed with Worcestershire’s LGBTQ+ community in mind are set to continue across the county thanks to a funding boost.
The free sessions will be led by Word Association (WA) – a local community interest company which promotes those who feel marginalised.
It comes after the group secured National Lottery funding for a third year running.
The three-month writing courses will result in six anthologies of poetry and prose.
Participants will see their work published in the anthologies which are later distributed across Worcestershire.
Residents of Worcester, Bromsgrove and Redditch are all eligible to get involved in the workshops.
WA director Holly Winter-Hughes said: “We are overjoyed to have received funding from The National Lottery’s Community Fund for a third year running.
“We are looking forward to encouraging even more people to find their voices, explore their creativity and express themselves in a safe and inclusive environment.”
Over the years, WA has worked with members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with long-term mental health conditions and ex-offenders.
Holly added: “Participants from previous courses have gone on to perform their work at spoken word events, seen their work published in various anthologies, literary magazines and started work on their own poetry books.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned writer or haven’t picked up a pen since school… you’d all be very welcome.”