From 2019, I’ll be taking on mentoring: one-to-one writing and poetry teaching over SKYPE. I’ve gained a huge amount from having a mentor look at my work and talk me through how I could develop it so I’m passionate about working with others myself.
Sessions will help boost craft, focus on goals, develop a writing practice and reinvigorate passion for how wonderful writing can be. Contact me if you want to book a session. Here’s what one of those I’ve taught had to say:
I recently took the opportunity to have a one-on-one workshop with Cath Drake when she was in Perth for a writer in residence position. I’d read bits of her Sleeping with Rivers and those poems gave me confidence to ask for feedback about my work because they made me feel that she would understand what I was trying to say. I was not disappointed.
Cath gave me advice which I’d certainly heard before, but which she clarified using my own work, as well as establishing real ways of using those techniques. I came to see how to put a distance between the emotion of the creation process and the objective refining of a draft poem. Words that were invested with meaning because that was how I felt writing them needed to be reviewed to see if I was really saying what I wanted to and needed to in the best way I could.
She also challenged me to recognise when something should stand as it was written
because it was what made my piece unique to me as a poet. That was important, because it made me realise that I could never be certain that something was ‘right’, only that it was ‘me’.
For me writing poetry leads to a sense of vulnerability because the work may be judged or rejected. Cath re-invigorated my love of writing poetry by helping me to become a better judge of what is good about my own work.