Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

Wimborne Writing Group

Members of Wimborne Writing Group have published novels, poetry, plays (which have also been performed), short fiction and various forms of non-fiction. Two members have gone on to achieve MAs, and two members completed PhDs – all in Creative Writing. I started teaching creative writing in Wimborne nearly two decades ago ago and then established Wimborne Writing Group from these classes in 2006. Wimborne Writing Group is a collective of dedicated and talented writers most of whom have succeeded in being published during their time in the group.

I tutored Creative Writing, Arts and Social Sciences courses for The Open University.
I am experienced and qualified  at leading groups and writing workshops, and giving readings. I’m a qualified life coach (RD1st) and offer mentoring to writers and poets.

My academic qualifications include: BA (English Language and Literature); MA (Creative Writing); MSc (Sociology & Social Policy) PGCE (post-16 & adult education); Fellow of HEA.

I am a full member of the Society of Authors and of Literature Works Writers’ Academy.


Wimborne Writing Group has published 2 anthologies of prose, poetry and drama: ‘Crumbs on the Table’ (ISBN 978-0-9559503-0-8) in 2008 and ‘Grapes on the Vine’, (ISBN 978-0-9559503-1-5) in 2013. Both books were popular and sold well.

Currently we meet monthly on Wednesdays at Clarcs which is the Community Learning & Resource Centre in King Street, Wimborne. If you are interested in joining please contact me, Sarah Steele, at Clarcs.


26 thoughts on “Wimborne Writing Group

  1. Mary Bevan on said:

    As a new member of Wimborne Writers Group, and someone who’s only just begun to write seriously, I find Sarah’s sessions helpful and stimulating. Highly recommended. MB

  2. Jane Fraser on said:

    Hi, I have recently moved to Wimborne and I’m really interested in writing, I have just finished studying English as level and I am hoping to enrol in a English literature and creative writing course through the open university, I was wondering if this group still runs? Thank you 🙂

  3. Rachel Orman on said:

    Hi Sarah my names Rachel and im really interested in writting please could you give me more details about how I become involved in wimborne writing group? 🙂

  4. Chris york on said:

    I am looking for a regular creative writing course in a group…can you help

  5. Sue Dawson on said:

    Hi, please let me know when the group meets
    Thank you

    • Hi Sue, Thanks for your enquiry. We meet monthly on Wednesdays. At the moment I think both groups are full but places do become available and so it’s worth going on our waiting-list. I will email you privately. Sarah

  6. Emma richards on said:

    Do you ever run one day sessions for beginners. I am interested in a course in Oct next year

  7. Charlotte Quirk on said:

    Hello Sarah,
    I hope this message finds you well?
    I’m very interested in attending your writing group is this something you still run?
    Many thanks

    • Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your message and your interest in Wimborne Writing Group which I’m pleased to say is flourishing. I will send you a private email with more details.

  8. Hi Sarah, I am new to the area and I’m looking for a writing group to join. I’m about to do an Arvon course on memoir and I’m also working on a novel. I have not had any work published. If you are still accepting members it would be good know when the group meets.
    Many thanks,

  9. Hi Maggie, Good to hear from you. We meet monthly on a Wednesday. Sarah

  10. Sarah Fleming on said:

    Hello Sarah, I am new to Dorset and also to writing. I have no idea if I am any good but would like to explore writing poetry. Do you mentor one to one as I am not convinced I would be the right standard for a writing group.
    Many thanks

    • Hi Sarah, I’ve only recently read your message as I took the summer away from my blog. I do mentor writers and poets one-to-one. If you are still interested, we would need to meet to discuss the idea. I will also be resuming my writer-in-residence Friday mornings at Black Pug Books, Wimborne, soon (starting October 11th), and you are very welcome to call in there to see me. Let me know what you would like to do. Sarah

      • Sarah Fleming on said:

        Hello Sarah, Thank you for your reply and hoping you had a good summer. I am still interested in looking at ways to explore writing, perhaps it would be best if I pop into Winbourne and have a brief chat with you at Black Pug books on 11th October. Is there a better time to do this? Many thanks Sarah

      • Hi Sarah
        I’ll be at Black Pug Books in Wimborne on November 15th and 29th 10am-1pm if you’d like to call in!

  11. Dom jessopp on said:

    Hi Sarah,

    Just wondered if group was still running? I’ve been interested in writing for quite some time now. New year new start.



    • Hi Dom
      Wimborne Writing Group is flourishing! We meet monthly on Wednesdays. There are no places available at present but please do get in touch with me again in a few months if you are still interested. Sarah

      • Dom Jessopp on said:

        Thanks Sarah,
        I will try then but please keep me in mind should a place become available.

        Many thanks


      • Hi Dom
        You would be very welcome to call in at Black Pug Books, Wimborne to see me on Friday 31st Jan 10-1pm if you would like to discuss your writing. Please let me know.

  12. Finola Brennan on said:

    Hello Sarah
    I believe I met you at the Blandford literary festival poetry evening. Is your group open to new members, if so when do you meet? Do you also run a poetry group?
    Kind Regards

  13. Hi Finola
    Wimborne Writing Group is open to new members, when we have a space. I also lead a Poetry Society Stanza group in Wimborne. I’d be happy to meet and talk about these groups and I will contact you soon.
    I believe I did meet you at Blandford Lit Fest when I came to the poetry reading.
    I will be doing a writer-in-residence slot at Black Pug Books on Friday 31st Jan 10-1pm – would you be able to call in?

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