Born in South Africa, Dorian Haarhoff is a storyteller, poet, writing mentor, and workshop facilitator. A former professor of English at the University of Namibia, he also has belonged to a Canadian creative writing faculty. Passionate about developing innate creativity and imagination through writing and storytelling, Haarhoff believes in the power of stories to create new realities.
Haarhoff’s work is strongly influenced by poetry, mythology, Jungian and eco psychology, creation spirituality, the new physics, and narrative therapy. He uses writing and storytelling 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. Clients include business people, therapists, donor agencies, medical doctors, researchers, street teenagers, and hospice workers.
Haarhoff’s approach is based on his book The Writer's Voice: A Workbook for Writers in Africa. Other writings include the children’s stories Desert December and Oranges, Skeletons and Goats: Three Namibian Plays. His poetry book Drawing Water is scheduled for release in 2006, and he is currently working as a co-author on The Halo and the Noose: The Power of Story-Listening and Story-Telling in Business Life.
Haarhoff lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and has four children. This is his third visit to CWA.