“Wendy’s editing services were rigorously undertaken and promptly delivered within the agreed timescale. We will definitely ask her to act as editor-in-chief on our next poetry publication.”
Wild Pressed Books
I can’t thank Wendy enough for being my mentor in very recent times. I am so scattered! Wendy is able to focus on any ‘downfalls’…and take us past them. In my case, this is mostly my inability to organise my writing…my inability to see where lie ‘the trees amongst the forest.’ My trust in her started with her preparedness to expose her vulnerability in her own writing. It moved onto her willingness to assist other writers. They intertwine, beautifully.
“Before I started working with Wendy I was writing a fair bit but I wasn’t finishing many projects and I was in danger of losing my writing mojo. After signing up with Wendy I completed an intense month of writing which resulted in me starting and completing a 5000 word short story which I had the confidence to enter into the Bridport Prize. Wendy’s style is friendly and encouraging but she wasn’t afraid to tell me when something wasn’t working. We did all our sessions over Messenger and I e-mailed drafts, ideas and thoughts pretty much every day. I’m about to start another 2 month writing commitment with Wendy and I can’t wait to see what writing I will produce by the end.”
“I asked Wendy if she would mentor me after reading (and being blown away by) her book Lapstrake. Wendy gave me the confidence to understand that both my creative and editorial voices were worth my listening to and – really importantly – trusting. She quickly helped me understand and think about the thematic elements of my work that I hadn’t realised were there, as well as giving invaluable feedback on individual poems. But more than that, since working with her, I have felt confident about my voice and my work.”
“Working on a poetry collection with Wendy, I found her sympathetic, supportive and encouraging. At the same time, her suggestions and criticisms were clear and direct, and she was unafraid to let me know when I needed to ‘kill my darlings’. During our work together, the collection took on a much more definite form and her prompts enabled me to add to it in a focused way – exactly what I wanted from the experience.”
“I really appreciated having Wendy as my poetry mentor for a month. She provided a really detailed, insightful critique of my draft pamphlet, encouraging certain cuts and some new writing. The whole thing is now much better as a result. Wendy has a very gentle, intuitive way of mentoring and is very good at working out what I am trying to achieve. Thoroughly recommended!”
“I’ve spent the past four weeks being mentored by Wendy Pratt and would like to recommend the service she offers. I asked Wendy if she would look at a themed collection of poems I’d written over the past few years and was going nowhere fast. Not only did she sort out the wheat from the chaff but suggested a new slant on the theme. Wendy has great empathy and is highly intuitive. I felt that she was determined to winkle out the best of me. This was hard going at times and the experience was a challenging one but, ultimately, worth while, and my poems are the richer for it. Thank you,Wendy.”
The Wild Within, August 2018
“Wendy Pratt’s The Wild Within course is brilliant value – her stimulus poems, weekly rationales, and imaginative daily prompts will inspire both beginners and established poets. One of the best tenners I’ve spent!”
‘I took this course – The Wild Within – during August 2018, the aim of which was to produce a poem every day from nature related prompts. Prior to the course I believed that I would never be able to write a poem every day and had little experience and enthusiasm for writing about nature. Both these assumptions were quickly dispelled.
Every day another interesting prompt – backed up by weekly notes that put the whole course into perspective with references to established writers and poetic styles.
It was a bit like going into a shop and buying a packet of poetry seeds – everyday to see them growing into the possibility of new poems. Some came out like rather weak seedlings but some, I am sure, will flourish into beautiful poems with the right amount of post course tender care.
Thank you Wendy a wonderful month of writing – and – here’s to the next course!!!’
“A wonderful course which offered daily opportunities for new conversations with your creative self. Excellent, detailed prompts, supported by excellent exemplar material (poems and suggested reference points). A friendly, mutually supportive Facebook group, overseen by a very positive and proactive workshop leader.”