“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.”