Poetry Feedback Workshops


Grow your Poems!

Monthly online poetry feedback & writing inspiration
Here’s an international online poetry feedback group to see us through our summer or winter (depending on which side of the world you are on). Receive encouragement, inspiration and constructive feedback and get your poems ready for submission.

How it works:  Workshops are SMALL GROUPS, limited to 6 participants. Bring a poem for group feedback to each session. Poems are due the Sunday before each workshop and distributed to participants in advance. We use Zoom, ideally the functionality on a laptop/computer rather than a phone. There are 6 sessions, 2.5 hours each, with a short break. I open the session 15mins early for an optional social chat.

Each session will also include discussion of a contemporary poem and a writing inspiration prompt for the month.

There will be a celebratory reading at the conclusion of the workshops with a fabulous feature reader.

 Who is it for? Poets who are generating work and want feedback on their work. Both discussing the work of others and listening to how people receive your work is crucial in building skills in editing and re-drafting. 

Cost:  £150GBP   or     $290AUD     //      Concession £130GBP   or   $260AUD (concession includes NHS workers & carers)

Timing: Aussie poets, because our time zones move further apart until March, I’m sorry it’s a little late for Australian Eastern Standard Time, but do join if you can!


Workshop 1 – Wednesdays – FULL :  First Wednesdays (except, note that the last two dates are in March): 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 March, 24 March   

9.30am -12 noon UK Time  //  5.30-8pm Western Australia //8.30 -11pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (a little earlier for those in NT, Qld & SA)

Workshop 2 – Thursdays – ONE PLACE LEFT: First Thursdays (except, note that the last two dates are in March): 5 Nov, 3 Dec, 7 Jan, 4 Feb, 4 March, 25 March

9.30am -12 noon UK Time // 5.30-8pm Western Australia // 8.30 -11pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, NSW / Victoria (a little earlier for those in NT, Qld & SA)

Workshop 3 –  PLACES LEFT 6x  Wednesdays OR Thursdays – let me know which day you  can do (in priority order) and I’ll do the most popular one. Options:

Wednesdays: 11 Nov, 9 Dec, 13 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 March, 31 March *  

Thursdays: 12 Nov, 10 Dec, 14 Jan, 11 Feb, 11 March, 1 April *  

9.30am -12 noon UK Time // 5.30-8pm Western Australia // 8.30 -11pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, NSW / Victoria (a little earlier for those in NT, Qld & SA) *Note the last date for each will be one hour later in UK time only.

To enroll: Contact me and tell me where you are in the world and a little about your writing. Let me know if you can do Monday, Wednesday or Thursday and your preference order. I’ll send you information on how to pay.

About the facilitator:  Cath Drake’s collection ‘The Shaking City’ was published by Seren Books, It follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Cath has published in literary journals in the UK, US, Australia and Ireland. She was included in ‘Best Australian Poetry 2014’, won two Arts Council England awards, shortlisted for various prizes including the Manchester Poetry Prize, and came second in the 2017 Poetry School eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) plus highly commended for the same prize in 2019. Cath is also an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer.