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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 meeting on Zoom 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.


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.