I loved that your workshop took me out of my head, where I seem to have been stuck recently, and back into my body. It was a wonderfully different approach to writing and gave me the chance to play. Thank you so much! 

I offer full-day workshops in Embodied Poetry for a maximum of 10 participants. These are introductory days, stepping-stones to a deeper immersion in 3-day residential workshops on the Isle of Lismore.

There is particular focus on

  • Sound – where and how do words resonate in the body? ‘Hearing is a physical response, not just an intellectual one’ (Fran Quinn).
  • The visual – what does it mean to see? How do we experience perception, and what role do our eyes play in this?
  • Somatic awareness – what does the body tell us about the poem, before we’ve even finished reading it?
  • Movement – what happens to language when we embody its shape or dance its meaning?

I’ve felt the difference already in my poetic practice in terms of how/where/when/what/why I write and I think the last workshop to have had that kind of impact on me was one I went to aged 17 – so that’s the greatest compliment I can give. 

The discussion and analysis of poems form part of the workshops, but emphasis is placed not just on an intellectual understanding, but also on an embodied experience: how do poems make a connection with our blood, our hearts, our breath? How can poems help us to see more clearly?

‘Seeing’ and experiencing poetry in an embodied way can transform the way we approach writing practice, and enable the poet to access his or her own unique, authentic voice.

There is something alchemical about Em’s ability to hold a space and she imbues the experience with wholehearted care and preparation. Her ethos is open, emotionally astute, playful and deeply true.

Workshops take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the Isle of Lismore. If you’re interested in participating, please complete the below contact form for further details.

Upcoming 2019/2020 workshops include:
April 24-28, Isle of Lismore residential, fully booked
October 30-Nov 3rd, Isle of Lismore residential fully booked
June 8th, Puppet Lab, Edinburgh, fully booked
April 22-26th 2020, Isle of Lismore residential, cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
October 7-11 2020, Isle of Lismore residential, places available

It’s a game changer!

MENTORING

I offer two kinds of mentoring:

  • Creative writing (for poets & writers of all stripes).
  • Creative practice (for anyone facing a creative block or wishing to dive deeper into who they are/what their work is/how to access their authentic voice.

Creative Writing Mentoring

At the start of the mentorship, I was writing how I thought a poet should write; by the end, I was writing how I should write. A big difference! I can’t thank Em enough for her very thorough critique.

I offer a three-month mentoring scheme for poets & writers, comprising of two meetings (virtually or face-to-face) – one at the beginning of the mentorship and one at the end – and detailed, in-line feedback on up to a dozen poems (depending on length) or 5000 words prose. The feedback will focus, amongst other things, on the following:

  • Structure & Form
  • Tone
  • Rhythm & Rhyme
  • (Poetic)Voice
  • Private/Personal/Universal
  • Line Breaks
  • Punctuation
  • Imagery
  • Narrative
  • Titles

The mentorship spans over a three month period to enable mentor and mentee to properly dig into the work, ask questions, troubleshoot, and to allow the poems/prose room to breathe before a final meeting.

I charge a flat-rate fee of £400. If you’re interested, please use my contact form to get in touch.

Creative Practice Mentoring

It does not seem an obvious choice for an entrepreneur to choose a poet as a mentor, but for me, my time with Em was the most transformative, perspective-shifting, creativity-tapping experience of my personal and professional life. With Em’s extraordinary care and guidance, I was able to access my creative process in a way that moved me past old patterning and conditioned thinking and allowed me to bring fresh insights and ideas to my business, in a way that other coaching and mentoring had not delivered. The times we live in require the return of the polymath, and working with Em opened up creative fields for me that would have been unavailable otherwise.

Lawyer & CEO

I offer a one-month online mentoring process, including three meetings – one at the beginning, one in the middle and one at the end of the mentorship.

  • Has some aspect of your work become stagnant?
  • Do you wish you could speak your truth in meetings, whilst remaining kind and considerate of others?
  • Do you have beliefs about yourself that are holding you back?
  • Do you wish you could do something else with your life?

To get the best out of the mentorship, it’s ideal if the mentee is able to commit to a minimum of half an hour’s daily creative practice, which may include painting, dancing, writing, singing, crafting, or a combination of some or all of these.

We will work with a question or an obstacle that the mentee brings, and use this as a springboard for deeper explorations into voice, structures & narratives (psychological blocks), and for devising tools to help liberate the authentic self.

This is not a standard coaching or mentoring programme. Instead, it’s an invitation to play, to gently let go of control in a safe environment (your own home) and to consider the seeming paradox that ‘vulnerability is the cornerstone of confidence’ (Brené Brown).

As mentor, I take a gentle, invitational approach and make sure that the mentee is consulted and in agreement at every step of the process. This is very much a mutual learning process, where I listen and invite you to explore creative practice, and you articulate your needs and responses.

The mentorship costs £400 for four weeks (including three meetings and daily check-ins). I also offer a small number of bursary places at a lower rate of £250 to people on a low income or out of work. Please contact me for further details.

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