As well as writing and publishing my own poetry, I also offer mentorships to individual poets, and run workshops for groups. I have experience working with writers of primary school age, secondary school age, and adults, with varied experience and ability levels. If you are interested in the mentoring services I can offer, or in joining my workshop course Pen to Paper, find out more below.


Mentorships

Nellie’s mentoring has been invaluable. She has helped me to find my voice, challenged my work in a positive way, and encouraged me to push my creative boundaries. Working with Nellie has enabled me to write poems I am really proud of, taught me valuable self-editing skills, and given me faith in my work. We have worked together on editing individual poems, a sequence, and a themed pamphlet-length submission. Under her guidance, I have achieved even more than I set out to.
Nellie puts huge amounts of time, care and effort into planning writing sessions, providing resources and giving honest critique, and it has been a true pleasure working with her.

Sallyanne, Mentee

Previous mentorships have involved successful and enjoyable partnerships between myself as mentor, and a dedicated, aspiring poet as mentee. Through a mixture of face-to-face meetings and workshop days, email and Hangout communications, and collaborative editing on Google Docs, I have worked to provide general guidance and tailored constructive criticism, with a focus to nurture the poet’s career as well as assist with the editing of specific poems or manuscripts.

If you would like to begin a mentoring partnership with me, do get in contact via the form on the contact page. I recommend including in your email a statement of how you feel you would benefit from the mentorship, and two to three examples of your poetry. The fees outlined below still apply, but can be negotiated with successful applicants.

Other mentorship services can be arranged upon request, including poem and/or manuscript read-throughs, poem and/or manuscript edits, workshop days, and advice sessions. Just drop me a message via the contact page to arrange!

Reasonable fees apply for these services, ranging from poem read-throughs to tailored poetry plans. Download the document below for a full list of services and fees.


Pen to Paper

“It has been excellent, valuable learning experience, fully enjoyed being in all sessions, taken away something new each time.”

Bev, Pen to Paper Attendee

Pen to Paper was originally commissioned by the Anchor Gallery in Harborne, as a part of their Spring 2018 season of poetry events, for which I acted as curator. Held in the gallery space, a group of 6-8 budding poets met for two-hour sessions which included two mini-activities and a main poetry activity run by me, and a guest activity run by a special guest poet. One-to-one sessions with myself and the guest poet were offered at the end, where discussions ranged from editorial advice, to guidance on performing and publishing work. The course culminated in the printing of a collective pamphlet, and a showcase session.

The feedback gathered following the initial run revealed the popularity of the workshop, and Pen to Paper returned in 2018/19, this time at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, for a longer run of five-hour sessions. The monthly sessions take place on a Saturday afternoon, and include a mixture of free-writing prompts, group discussions, mini-lessons, extended writing activities, museum exploration, and a chance to share work and receive feedback. A blog provides a further platform for sharing work, and returning to workshop materials.

The winter sessions (November through to March) introduced the group to different movements in poetry, including imagism, surrealism, and beat poetry, while the summer sessions (April through to July) are exploring various poetic forms and formatting possibilities. The workshops are free, but ask for a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ donation to help with resource and refreshment costs.

Pen to Paper is restricted to 15 spaces, and has a waiting list should spots become available. If you are interested in joining Pen to Paper, get in touch via the contact page on this site.