Workshops & Mentoring

I’ve run creative writing workshops (specialising in poetry) for community and arts organisations such as Roomers (St Kilda/Melbourne), Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre (Perth) and Australian Poetry – both online and in the flesh.  I provide exercises and experiences to prompt writing, with topics ranging from unique self-portraits, writing and the body, contemporary poetry and more…

After running a weekly Creative Writing Workshop at the Brunswick Neighbourhood House for about 3 years, I’m taking a break.  The workshops are still running, under the insightful leadership of Alana Kelsall – more information here – http://www.bnhc.vic.edu.au/

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Mentoring & Manuscript Assessment

I’ve also been mentoring new and emerging poets.  I offer detailed and tailored feedback on individual poems and on manuscripts.  Depending on what you’re after, I’m also able to develop a tailored program of reading recommendations, writing exercises and suggestions of where to submit poems.  Rates are modest, and can be hourly or based on a set project.

Sharing poetry is so intimate, especially first clumsy attempts…  Thank you for being such a sensitive and skilled mentor and poet. Your intuitive, gentle encouragement have seen me and my poetry bloom…

– Tash Adams

Andy’s generosity established connection and trust. Feedback spanned the grammatical to the conceptual including many elements and distinctions of poetry which were new to me. Being privy to his feedback to others greatly enhanced my understanding…

– Anon., Workshop Participant

I’ve attended Andy’s writing and poetry workshops for the past two years and have been informally mentored on fund writing and manuscript preparation. I admire Andy’s work greatly and have gained a distinct maturity in my own writing which I attribute to his supportive and innovative approach to the art of writing.

– Annerliegh Grace McCall

I’m currently a PhD candidate, so I don’t have much space to run workshops or be engaged in mentoring, unfortunately.  However, if you’re interested in either, please contact me through this site; we might be able to work something out!

6 thoughts on “Workshops & Mentoring

  1. Dear Andy,

    I would be interested in coming along to your poetry workshops in Brunswick, but am not free on Mondays until November. Will the classes be running at that time? Otherwise, when do they begin again in 2013, and will they still be on at the same time and day?

    Thank you,

    Laura

    1. Thanks Laura – we’re starting again on Monday 8th October, for an 8-week period. I assume we’ll still be running on Monday mornings next year too, as that seems to suit the Neighbourhood House, but it could be reviewed. Would be great to have you with us, if you’re free. I really liked “Bug Ear” and the clouds photo on your blog, btw… Andy.

  2. Oh, thank you Andy! I have just started writing poetry and would love to learn all about it. Unfortunately I am not available on Mondays in October – but I will definitely try to join early next year.

    I love your poetry!

    Laura 🙂

    1. Thanks Laura – hope we can meet later in the year! In the meantime, there’s plenty of poetry readings around Melbourne if you want some live poetry… just google “Melbourne Spoken Word” or “Pam’s Poetry Pitch”.

  3. Dear Andy, I am a writer and actor, my writing has a poetic tone and rhythm. However I feel like I’m walking down a blind alley – I think I’m writing poetry but I’m not sure. I don’t know if its my lack of confidence or my lack of knowledge that ties me up in knots – both, very likely. Anyway, I’d like to come to your Poetry workshops, but think it woud be useful to meet with you privately at least once before I go. Can you tell me how much private mentoring costs?

    1. Thanks – I’ll email you privately, but just wanted to say here publicly that if you feel it’s poetry, I can bet it is – though of course, poetry is something we can go deeper into – the more we read, write, think and live, the poetry we write can be more poetic and more us.

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