Born in South Africa, Dorian Haarhoff spent twenty years working in Namibia. His doctoral dissertation at the University of York, England concerned Namibibian myths and stories as reflected in Namibian literature.
Haarhoff is a published poet, children's writer, dramatist, storyteller and motivational speaker. A former professor of English at the University of Namibia, he has also belonged to a Canadian creative writing faculty. Since 1998 he has run his own business, Creative Workshops. Passionate about developing our innate creativity and imagination through writing and storytelling, Haarhoff believes in the power of stories to create new realities. His work is strongly influenced by mythology, whole brain theory, Jungian and Eco psychology, creation spirituality, the new physics and narrative therapy.
His intensive workshops are meant for organizations or individuals who wish to explore their creativity, improve their skills and understand their relationships. Haarhoff uses writing and story telling as a means of learning a craft, discovering hidden potential and assessing new ways of being and seeing. He believes in the ability of people to participate in their healing, build their communities and find their joy.
His approach is based on his book, The Writer's Voice: A Workbook for Writers in Africa. Other writings include Desert December (a children's story) and Oranges, Skeletons and Goats: Three Namibian Plays.