Mentoring

Claire offers one-to-one mentoring for writers at all stages of development, bringing a warm and holistic approach to this work. The relationship between the writer and their writing is carefully held, encouraging both an improvisational and professional critical approach.

Supervision

Claire offers 1-1 supervision for facilitators of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. This relationship focuses on the practioner’s relationship with their participants, as well as support with planning and reflection.

Available via Skype, Zoom, phone, or face-to-face (in Bristol, Cardiff or Chepstow).

Mentoring and Supervision is £45.00 per hour, including some reading time. A free 20 minute session is available to discuss your needs.

Testimonials

As a mentor, Claire combines empathic therapeutic presence, skill as a writer and knowledge of the field. She supported me through a challenging and transformative time; getting alongside me with steady guidance, encouragement and wisdom; enabling me to stay with the writing process, through editing to publication. She was intuitive and sensitive to my experience and style, rather than being prescriptive. I was new to the field of writing, and I found her feedback digestible and relevant. She helped me build my confidence and improve my writing. I would highly recommend her as a mentor.
- Emily

Education

Claire has been a writer in education since 1995, working with primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities to develop tailor-made workshops to suit creative and educational aims.


Poet Educator – Poetry Society

Claire is an approved poet educator for the Poetry Society, working with schools to support teaching of both reading and writing. It’s an exciting opportunity for pupils and teachers to meet with a ‘real live’ poet and to be inspired by writing and the difference it can make in the world.

Working with a writer has benefits right across the curriculum, particularly in terms of planning, drafting and revising work. A visit from a poet encourages awareness of styles, imagery, structure and audience whilst promoting the sharing of ideas and approaches.


Project Example: Inside Out with Elmfield School for the Deaf

Working with BSL poets, teachers, parents and pupils, Claire worked with Elmfield to:

  • Inspire teachers to bring poetry into teaching across the curriculum (including science and maths)
  • Support teachers’ pastoral roles using poetry for self-expression
  • Work with parents to engage with poetry and to provide tools for communication across English and BSL
  • Encourage pupils to translate their own creative ideas into BSL poetry

The Poetry Slam

Claire has been working with poetryslam.org.uk since 1995 working in education, arts festivals and businesses to deliver high quality performance poetry inspired acivities.

Slamming is cool
Slamming is fun
Slamming is for everyone

Slam poetry combines writing with drama, presentation and public speaking, to make poetry dynamic, accessible and fun. The skills developed by writing and performing poetry are valuable communication techniques, essential in all areas of life - building confidence and self esteem.

Poetry Slam Website

Firebird Theatre is a group of experienced disabled performers who work collaboratively to make striking, accessible performances that tell universal stories with personal resonance and theatrical imagination. Claire has worked with them on a number of projects.

Welsh National Opera aims to transforms lives through the power of opera. They are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible.

BPM is leading music education in Bristol, providing expertise and support to schools, community and cultural organisations.

Other Projects