As well as writing and publishing my own poetry, I also act as a poetry tutor and mentor.

I have experience working with writers of primary school age, secondary school age, university students, and adults, with varied experience and ability levels.

I love to share my interest in poetry, writing, and reading through the delivery of inspiring and engaging workshops. I am also passionate about promoting a creative lifestyle that anyone can embrace, whether they are seeking publication or just a pastime!

If you are interested in joining my Birmingham-based workshop course Pen to Paper, or in the mentoring services I can offer, find out more below.

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Pen to Paper

Pen to Paper has been excellent, valuable learning experience. I have fully enjoyed being in all of the sessions, and have taken away something new each time.

Bev, attendee

Pen to Paper was originally commissioned by the Anchor Gallery in Harborne, in 2018. The course was comprised of three 2-hour sessions, and culminated in the printing of a collective pamphlet.

Follow its initial success, Pen to Paper returned in 2018/19, this time at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Monthly, 5-hour sessions included a mixture of free-writing prompts, group discussions, mini-lessons, extended writing activities, museum exploration, and a chance to share work and receive feedback. The workshops are free, but ask for a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ donation to help with resource and refreshment costs.

Pen to Paper is currently on pause, due to COVID-19.

If you are interested in joining Pen to Paper in the future, and would like updates on the changing situation, please get in touch via the contact page on this site.


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.

Sallyanne, mentee

I also offer poetry mentoring 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 video chat, and collaborative online editing, I 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, please get in contact via the form on the contact page. Please provide a cover letter and 2-3 examples of your poetry.

Please note that while I am open to providing feedback and edits on work of other disciplines, I am primarily a writer and mentor of poetry.