Genuinely revelatory. You are an exceptional mentor.
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 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 up to 10K words prose. The feedback will focus, amongst other things, on the following:
- Structure & Form
- Rhythm & Rhyme
- Line Breaks
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.
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 charge a flat-rate fee of £500. 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. Mentees often return annually for a month’s input, to keep their momentum going or to develop a specific project that has been inspired by the original mentorship.
The mentorship costs £500 for four weeks (including three meetings and daily check-ins). Please contact me for further details.
Thank you for forging a path I could follow and for being trustworthy.Mentee 2020
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.