Mentoring & Editing

Genuinely revelatory. You are an exceptional mentor.

Mentee, 2020

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.

Poet, 2020

I offer a three-month mentoring scheme for poets & writers, comprising of three meetings (virtually or face-to-face) – one at the beginning of the mentorship, one in the middle and one at the end – and detailed, in-line feedback on up to a dozen poems (depending on length) or up to 10K words prose.

Please note that this is a baseline for submissions, and may vary depending on the stage the writer is at and what kind of feedback they’re after: obviously, new work requires more time than polished pieces. For example, writers have previously submitted a complete book of fiction for structural feedback, or 10K words of prose for detailed line editing. In both cases, the mentorship also included 3 hours of discussion, plus email or WhatsApp support.

The mentee submits an initial excerpt of work (up to 2.5K prose/2 poems) before the first zoom, if they wish to.

The first zoom is about diving into the needs of the writer and what he/she wants to get out of the mentorship. Typical questions are:

What are you looking to achieve/understand/move towards? 

How do you see my role in this? 

What wants to be expressed through you in this book/project?

Who and what is the book/project for?  

Who is your audience?

POETRY FEEDBACK will focus, amongst other things, on the following:

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

Similarly, PROSE FEEDBACK includes:

  • Narrative arc
  • Tone
  • Voice (intention)
  • Coherence/Inevitablity/Plausibility
  • Tense
  • Point of view
  • Language

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. WhatsApp or email are open to the mentee throughout the period, for practical support, a listening ear and accountability (if the mentee wants this).

This mentorship is for people who are working on a writing project in either prose or poetry. It’s for people who need help beginning and shaping; for those who have already begun writing and want feedback and structural suggestions; and for those who have finished a first draft and would like inline commentary and overview feedback. 

I also incorporate much of what I offer in the Creative Practice Mentoring (see below), if the writer is interested in exploring embodied practices to develop their writing.

I charge a flat-rate fee of £700 for the three months, which equates to 20 hours input from me across the mentorship. I also offer a free, introductory zoom (up to half an hour) to see if we are a good fit for one another.

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, 2020

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.

This mentorship is for people who have forgotten they’re born to be creative; for those who doubt their ability to be creative; for those who want to boost their creativity in any field – be it artistic output, career or parenting; and for people who are already making work but are stuck, seeking support and feedback, needing accountability or simply a sense of companionship on the journey to making something. 

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, and for devising tools to help liberate the authentic self.

This is not a standard 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.

I have worked with artists and makers of all stripes, and with lawyers, social workers and scientists.

The mentorship costs £700 for four weeks (including three meetings and daily check-ins). Please contact me for further details. I also offer a free, introductory zoom (up to half an hour) to see if we are a good fit for one another.


Thank you for forging a path I could follow and for being trustworthy.

Mentee 2020

EDITING

I also offer an editing service in both prose and poetry, including full edit, copyediting and proofreading. Unlike my role as mentor, as editor I place more emphasis on the text than on the writer. I work in consultation with the writer, of course, but the focus of the editing process is the manuscript:

  • Does the text cohere?
  • How is it structured? Why?
  • Are the transitions smooth, and do they contribute to the overall meaning and depth of the work?
  • If punctuation is one of the most beautiful tools a writer can possess, how beautiful is your text?
  • What is superfluous?
  • How happy are you in the Land of Syntax & Grammar? Could you be happier?

For more information, please contact me.

My hourly rate for editing is £35 – in line with current Chartered Institute for Editing & Copyrighting rates.