Workshops and Courses

All upcoming courses

Scroll down for more details and to book your place:

  1. The Caged Bird Sings five week zoom based course starts February 4th Cost: £100
  2. The Landscape of You: starts Wednesday 2nd February. SOLD OUT as a group course, still available as a private course for £40.
  3. Heart: starts Thursday 3rd February. Two week pdf and zoom based course focused on producing a single poem and editing it in a group session, followed by private annotated feedback. Also available as a private course. £30 group. £40 private.
  4. Spring Writing Retreat 21st to 25th March inclusive. With daily activities, workshops and evening events, guest workshop facilitators and readers include Steve Nash, Caleb Parkin plus two other special guests to be announced. £125

5. The April Write-a-Thon 2022. Starts 1st April. It’s back! Thirty days, thirty writing prompts delivered direct to your inbox. Join the closed facebook group to share drafts, give feedback and chat. Prompts are not limited to poetry, you’ll also receive creative non fiction, flash fiction and even some mini script writing prompts. The aim of the month is no pressure fun writing in a friendly and warm environment. £25

6. Fettling. Starts 4th April. This is a brand new writing group built around group feedback, reminders of poetic technique and prompts. This is a workshop style course for up to eight people, meeting every fortnight (on zoom) for twelve weeks. We’ll be working on an alternating week system: one week spent reading the group poems, the next week a two hour zoom session in which the first forty minutes we look at one aspect of poetry technique, with a short prompt exercise based on that technique, and then we spend the rest of the session in group critique of the poems from that week. There is a closed facebook group attached to this course where participants can share edited work and get more feedback.

Courses:

The Landscape of You

This is one of my new style pdf courses, aimed at getting the writer to focus on just one poem from production through group feedback and private feedback.

How do you fit in to your environment and how does your environment fit into you? In this short course you will be encouraged to think about your place in the world and how you might express this through poetry. You’ll be presented with a set of notes including example poems, thoughts around the theme and inspirational prompts to encourage you to get writing around the subject, you’ll then be invited to a group feedback session to share and feedback on the group’s poems followed by the opportunity to receive personal annotated feedback from myself.

How does it work?

Wednesday 2nd February – You receive a set of pdf notes with prompt, example poems and discussion points. You then spend a week writing poems inspired by the prompts.

Tuesday 8th February-You send one poem to me ready to send this to the group.

Wednesday 9th February- The groups poems are sent to everyone in the group and you then have a week to read and think about how you will feedback on the poems.

Wednesday 16th February- You are invited to attend a group feedback session. after this you are encouraged to send your redrafted poem back to me for further feedback.

This course is limited to eight people as a group course.

This course is also available as a private course for £40. Please email me at wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com for further details and to check availability for private courses.

This course is now SOLD OUT as a group course. This course is still available as a private course. Private course price: £40

Heart

This is one of my new style pdf courses, aimed at getting the writer to focus on just one poem from production through group feedback and private feedback.

Poets have always been obsessed with the heart. From biology to the figurative heart, this new two week course will inspire you to produce poems about the heart as a beating, bloody muscle and as a metaphor for love. You’ll be presented with a set of notes including example poems, thoughts around the theme and inspirational prompts to encourage you to get writing around the subject, you’ll then be invited to a group feedback session to share and feedback on the group’s poems followed by the opportunity to receive personal annotated feedback from myself.

How Does it Work?

Thursday 3rd February – You receive a set of pdf notes with prompt, example poems and discussion points. You then spend a week writing poems inspired by the prompts.

Wednesday 9th February-You send one poem to me ready to send this to the group.

Thursday 10th February- The groups poems are sent to everyone in the group and you then have a week to read and think about how you will feedback on the poems.

Thursday 17th February- You are invited to attend a group feedback session. After this you are encouraged to send your redrafted poem back to me for further feedback.

This course is limited to eight people as a group course.

This course is also available as a private course for £40. Please email me at wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com for further details and to check availability for private courses.

One place on Heart

One place on the small group pdf course Heart.

£30.00

The Caged Bird Sings

The Caged Bird Sings:

Writing Poems About Birds

Starting Friday February 4th 2-4pm

The Caged Bird Sings: Writing Poems about Birds

Join poet and author Wendy Pratt for this five week, zoom based course exploring our relationship to birds through poetry.

The course includes close reading of poems, inspiring prompts and a dedicated workshop week in which course members get to share and workshop the poems they are working on. 

Suitable for poets of all abilities and experience this no pressure course is aimed at sparking new ideas, exploring new poetic voices and celebrating the natural world. 

Places limited to 15

Includes pdf notes and annotated feedback on one poem not exceeding 40 lines in length, at the end of the course. 

Zoom dates: 

Friday 4th February 2-4pm

Friday 11th February 2-4pm

Friday 18th February 2-4pm

Friday 25th February 2-4pm

Friday 4th March 2-4pm

One subsidised place is available for a writer facing financial hardship. Drop me a line if this is you: wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com

One place on The Caged Bird Sings

Join poet and author Wendy Pratt for this five week, zoom based course exploring our relationship to birds through poetry.

£100.00

Online Spring Writing Retreat

21st to 25th March 2022 inclusive

Following on from the success of the Winter Writing Retreat, I will be offering a Spring themed writing retreat including daily workshops, exercises and evening readings. I have some superb guests lined up who will be giving readings and facilitating workshops. More details coming soon.

One place on the Online Spring Writing Retreat

Running 21st to 25th March

£125.00

The April Write-a-Thon 2022

It’s back! Those who have joined me for the April Write-a-Thon in previous years will know what a fantastic, high octane, but pressure free month it is. Come and join me for thirty days of prompts delivered direct to your inbox, and the community feel of a closed facebook group to share poems, offer feedback and chew the fat of the writing world. This year I’ve decided to cover a range of disciplines, so expect a bit of creative non fiction, flash fiction, poetry and even a little short script writing. Come and join the fun!

One place on the April Write-a-Thon 2022

One place on the April Write-a-Thon 2022

£25.00

Fettling – group Feedback Sessions

This is a brand new writing group built around group feedback, reminders of poetic technique and prompts. This is a workshop style course for up to eight people, meeting every fortnight (on zoom) for twelve weeks. We’ll be working on an alternating week system: one week spent reading the group poems, the next week a two hour zoom session in which the first forty minutes are spent looking at and discussing one aspect of poetry technique, with a short prompt exercise based on that technique, followed by group critique of the group poems for that week. There is a closed facebook group attached to this course where participants can share edited work and get more feedback.

Dates:

4th April – zoom meet up 7-9pm

11th April – Reading week

18th April – zoom meet up 7-9pm

25th April – reading week

2nd May – zoom meet up 7-9pm

9th May – Reading week

16th May – zoom meet up 7-9pm

23rd May – Reading week

30th May – zoom meet up 7-9pm

6th June – Reading week

13th June – Final zoom meet up 7-9pm

One place on Fettling

One place on the group feedback course – Fettling

£115.00