Poetry Mentoring

with Heidi Williamson

Heidi’s poetry mentoring sessions are suitable for:

• Those new to poetry who would like a constructive and confidential reading of their work to identify strengths and challenges
• Poets looking to start publishing their work – whether in magazines, competitions, or self-published
• Those looking to move to the next stage in their writing – perhaps collating a pamphlet or collection, starting a next book or a new project
• Published poets looking for strategies to stretch themselves and their writing and take their work forwards

“I’m surprised at how easily a writing issue can be untangled in just one session with Heidi.”
James Giddings, Poet

For each session, you can send Heidi 1-6 poems (not exceeding 240 lines in total) one week before you meet. Then during the one-hour session, Heidi will give you feedback on your writing and discuss where you are with your work and where you want to be. She will suggest writing exercises, give reading suggestions, point you towards online resources and support you can use to develop your work and yourself as a writer. Together you will plan small practical steps to give you strategies and confidence to move forward.

One hour slots available to book online – £55 each.

Book three sessions with Heidi together to receive a 10% discount – discount will be automatically added to your basket or call 01603 877177 to arrange.

Please note: Mentoring sessions are currently taking place on Skype only (no face-to-face sessions). Any work submitted must be done so digitally – hard copies by post cannot be accepted.

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What others have said

“The session with Heidi was excellent. She is very at home with working in this way and I felt at ease and able to explore thoughts and ideas which felt quite tentative. Her observations about my poems were precise and astute and for each comment there was a suggestion for how I might proceed. It was a thoroughly happy and rewarding experience.” LH, Poet

“I needed an outside, objective assessment of my writing from an experienced poet and that is exactly what I got. She seemed to grasp intuitively, exactly what I wanted to express. I have re-read the notes I made several times now. I found it invaluable and was still buzzing the next day. I wished I had done it sooner.” IS, Poet

About Heidi

Heidi WilliamsonHeidi Williamson’s first collection Electric Shadow (Bloodaxe, 2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize. The Print Museum (Bloodaxe, 2016) won the Book by the Cover Award and the East Anglian Book Award for Poetry. Heidi works with poets worldwide by Skype as a Poetry Surgeon for The Poetry Society, teaches for The Poetry School, and mentors writers through the National Centre for Writing, The Poetry School and The Writing Coach. She is the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Website