Katrina’s kind and incisive eye helped me to clarify ways forward with my writing – she is generous with her experience and knowledge. Showing her my poems and listening to her feedback was a great step for me towards thinking of myself as a poet.
S.H., London
Katrina has been mentoring me since June last year. She has close read poems for me and her suggestions are always pertinent. Katrina has also made suggestions on the ordering of poems for a pamphlet collection, which has now been accepted for publication by Red Squirrel Press. She is very good at suggesting magazines which may like poems.
E.S., Cheshire

Katrina will be running ‘Flamboyance’, a one-day poetry workshop at the Poetry School in London on Sat 7 Oct,

About Katrina’s workshops: ‘Katrina’s workshops can be challenging. She is a bold leader, assertive but sympathetic. She opens doors to unexplored rooms, shines a ruthless spotlight on lines you’ve always left cowering in dark corners. Katrina lights fuses – fireworks should be expected’ (from Teignnmouth Poetry Festival).

She will be running a day workshop, ‘Sustaining a Poem’, on writing longer poems, for Indian Kings Poetry Group, North Cornwall on 4 December. Contact Helen Wood to see if any places are still available.

To be kept up to date on Katrina’s workshops, you can subscribe to her monthly ‘short & sweet’ poetry newsletter.

Katrina runs Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society, both via skype and face-to-face, Paul McGrane at the Poetry Society on 020 7 420 9881 or for more information.

Katrina also runs a poetry mentoring and manuscript critique service to help poets putting together a pamphlet or first collection. Prices start at £70 for comments on 6 poems, or £150 for help on a collection (up to 60 poems), get in touch to find out more. Several of Katrina’s mentees have gone on to win prizes and be published.

Katrina NaomiKatrina holds a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths and has received several awards for her writing. In addition to teaching for Arvon and mentoring for the Poetry Society, she teaches for the Poetry School. She has previously taught at Goldsmiths and Falmouth University.

She is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), the Society of Authors and the Poetry Society. Katrina has a valid CRB certificate and public liability insurance.

Contact Katrina if you would like her to run a workshop for your group or to receive details of her poetry critique/mentoring service.