A new literature project has launched, giving lit fanatics across Wirral the chance to attend free workshops led by acclaimed writers.

New Writing North West is a fresh project designed to support new and emerging writers based in the North West.

The project is part of Lancaster Literature Festival and will hold a series of free online workshops led by four acclaimed fiction, poetry, translation and nature and environment writers: Yvonne Battle-Felton, Kim Moore, Karen Lloyd and Daniel Hahn.

The workshops will give Wirral writers the chance to immerse themselves into the creative experience by submitting and discussing pieces of their own work with the workshop leader and other participants.

They will also take part in writing exercises, reading challenges and discuss the things which have inspired them to write.

Budding writers will also be supported by workshop leaders who will offer constructive feedback and help to guide participants in developing their future work.

Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity for their work to be published on the Litfest website and social media channels.

There are eight places available in each workshop and depending on their chosen genre, writers have been asked to send in either 500-700 words of fiction, 500-700 words of nature and environment, six poems or 500 words of translated fiction.

The course is free of charge and workshops will take place via Zoom on selected evenings in March and April.

Anyone interested in applying must be aged 18 or over.

Submissions should be sent to Bill Swainson info@litfest.org by March 5 and successful applicants will be notified by March 9.

For full details of dates and times, information on how to apply, and terms and conditions please see: www.litfest.org/nwnw