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Looking back on when I first started writing poetry I wish now that I had had a mentor of my own. With the close 1-2-1 guidance a mentor gives I would have understood my mistakes sooner, found my voice earlier, and developed the confidence I so needed at that time. For me, creative writing classes were often overwhelming; the focussed, personalised method of 1-2-1 teaching would have given me a huge advantage. Now that I’m a mentor myself, I want to give mentees that boost I never had, whatever stage they are at in their writing journey, and whatever their needs; every writer can benefit from a mentor’s personal attention.


I offer personalised 1-2-1 tutoring sessions. Submit up to 200 lines of poetry to receive at least 1000 words of tailored thorough feedback, and an hour-long, online meeting with me, Cat Woodward, to discuss your work and receive guidance. If you would like a longer course of mentoring, or if you want help on a more substantial project (for example a collection manuscript) you can book more than one tutorial slot, depending on availability. Only four tutorial slots will be available at any one time. Mentoring is there to help you in whatever way you need, not just to help you edit; I also offer personalised writing exercises for example, or can advise on submitting and publishing.


When you register for a tutorial you will be contacted by email for an initial discussion about what you need help with, what you want out of mentoring, and your availability. We will then arrange a time for our meeting and you will submit your work for feedback, if applicable.