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Tutorials, manuscript assessment and mentoring

Many Poetry School tutors give one-to-one teaching in person or by email. One-to-one sessions with a poet can give you personalised feedback on a selection of your work, advise you on submitting to magazines or discuss translation issues – tell us your particular requirements, and we’ll find someone to help at a convenient time and place for you.


‘Last month I used the Poetry School’s individual tutorial facility. The tutor [David Constantine] was most helpful. He had clearly read my poems before the meeting and, clearly, had given them considerable thought. I came away feeling that I had just had a master class in how poetry works and how poets should set about developing their craft. Thank you.’

Michael Mackay – student

What we offer

The following 1-2-1 services are available:

Tutorials in person.
An hour of tutor preparation time, and a one hour meeting, based on a submission of 200 lines of poetry. £150.

Tutorials by email.
A 1,000 word comment (approx.) on a submission of 200 lines of poetry. £150.

Manuscript Assessment.
A face-to-face session or email commentary on a book or pamphlet length submission of no more than 40 x 30 line poems (1,200 lines in total). £400.

A committed working relationship with mentor for between 8 and 12 months. You’ll receive 6 x one hour face-to-face sessions or 6 x 1,000 word email commentaries on 250 lines of poetry at a time; personalised reading and writing tasks, and guidance on next steps towards publication and life as a working poet. £800.

Poets who give individual teaching by area are:


Linda Black, Kayo Chingonyi, Angela ClelandMartyn Crucefix, Robert Vas Dias, Cath Drake Katy Evans-Bush, Graham Fawcett, Eve Grubin, Emma Hammond,  Norbert Hirschhorn, Katharine KilaleaAoife Mannix, Kadija (George) Sesay, Karen McCarthy-Woolf, Caroline Price, Anna Robinson, Jacqueline Saphra, Myra SchneiderR.A. VillanuevaTamar Yoseloff, Simon Barraclough, Matthew Caley.

The South

Rachael Boast (Bristol), Carrie Etter (Bath), Jennie Feldman (Oxford), Claire Crowther (Somerset), Sally Flint (Exeter), Andrew Jamison (Oxford), Alice Kavounas (Penzance), Jenny Lewis (Oxford), Jane Monson (Cambridge), John Mccullough (Brighton), Caroline Price (Kent), Kadija (George) Sesay (Brighton), Claire Trévien (Brighton), Rebecca Watts (Cambridge) Susan Wicks (Kent).

The North & Rest of the UK

Sai Murray (Leeds / Manchester), Moniza Alvi (Norfolk/ Wymondham), Heidi Williamson (Norfolk/ Wymondham), Kathryn Simmonds (Norwich), Helen Farish (Cumbria), Nigel Forde (Yorkshire), Linda France (Hexham/Newcastle), John Glenday (Dundee), Rebecca Goss (email only), Helen Ivory (Norwich), Grevel Lindop (Manchester), Seni Seneviratne (Sheffield), Rommi Smith (Leeds), Julian Turner (Manchester), Clive Watkins (West Yorkshire), Andrew Forster (Cumbria), Adam Lowe (Manchester, Salford, Leeds) Carole Bromley (York) Suzannah Evans (Sheffield), Melissa Lee-Houghton. For advice to help you find a tutor you’d like to work with, please email us on [email protected].

How to book

Please email [email protected] with ‘Tutorial / Manuscript Assessment / Mentoring Request’ as appropriate in the subject line, and we’ll send you a short questionnaire to get a better idea of your personal requirements, interests and skills before we set you up with the tutor best suited to your requirements. We pair students and tutors up through a combination of the former’s interests, skills and preferences and the latters’ availability.

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