This New Year, budding writers will have the chance to study the craft of creative writing with a professional author.

North East writer Rachel Cochrane will be running sessions at Consett Library – and other libraries in County Durham – aimed at inspiring creative minds.

In the two-hour sessions – entitled New Year, New You – Rachel will use diaries, archive materials and stories to fire up imaginations and get people writing.

The participants’ finished works will be compiled by Rachel and later displayed in the libraries. Three pieces will also be chosen to be recorded as podcasts.

Rachel Cochrane said, “Express yourself! The sessions are relaxed and informal, using the theme of diaries as inspiration for your own writing.”

“All are welcome, including those new to writing and trying it for the first time.”

Rachel Cochrane
North-east writer Rachel Cochrane

Each New Year, New You writing session costs £1.00. Places can be booked by phoning the host library. Dates, times and phone numbers are as follows:

  • Consett Library: Monday 15th January, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (03000 269 513)
  • Stanley Library: Monday 15th January, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (03000 269 517)
  • Peterlee Library: Tuesday 16th January, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (03000 269 509)
  • Barnard Castle Library: Wednesday 17th January, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (03000 263 409)
  • Crook Library: Thursday 18th January, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (03000 269 002)
  • Spennymoor Library: Thursday 18th January, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (03000 269 531)
  • Durham Clayport Library: Friday 19th January, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (03000 265 524)
  • Newton Aycliffe Library: Friday 19th January, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (03000 269 519)
  • Chester-le-Street Library: Monday 22nd January, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (03000 269 512)
  • Seaham Library: Monday 22nd January, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm ((03000 262 510)

Durham County Council’s principal library manager, Linda Dobson, said, “January is a great time to learn something new and these sessions offer an opportunity for people to discover their writing talents in a fun and creative way.”

“With Rachel’s passion for words and the north east, we’re thrilled to have her on board and I’d encourage anyone with an interest in writing to book a place.”

For more information about County Durham’s libraries, please visit   

(Featured image courtesy of Wall Boat, from Flickr Creative Commons)

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