Coaching, Editing and Mentoring for Writers and Creatives

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Would you like help?

We live in a complex web of often contradictory forces. Finding the clarity and motivation to pursue writing ambitions and creative projects can be a challenge.

Coaching is a conversation that enables the client to identify and explore goals, dreams and ambitions; and to formulate a plan for achieving them.  

HELP FOR WRITERS:

Writing can often be a lonely and challenging activity. How to start, how to keep going, how to start again? What is it that I’m doing? Where is it leading? How do I find time to write amid all the competing demands in my life? Why am I blocked?

These are questions that many writers face on a regular basis.

COACHING CAN HELP YOU TO

  • formulate goals
  • overcome blocks
  • develop a practice that will draw on your knowledge and strengths
  • move forward with whatever it is that you have within you to write

EDITING AND MENTORING:

I also offer editorial and mentoring services, using coaching techniques to help writers achieve a position of clarity and a sense of progress on whatever it is they are writing, be it drama, fiction or non-fiction.

During the first sessions I concentrate on your intentions, to ask the question, what is it that you are hoping to write? Then I’ll read the work and offer feedback. Through an ongoing process of questioning and dialogue, I will help you shape the manuscript according to the criteria that you set.

HELP FOR CREATIVES:

Do you have a project that sits as a half-baked idea on your computer? Do you work for an organisation that is muddled in its vision? Do you continue to come across the same set of hurdles that seem to have hampered you for ages? Are you in a period of turmoil and transition? Would you like to improve your leadership skills?

I can help you identify, formulate and establish a series of actions that will help you achieve whatever it is you want to set in motion.

  • Sometimes this might involve re-thinking your relationship between your working environment and your creative vision
  • At other times this might be unpicking knots that have blocked your ability to see clearly what it is you want to achieve
  • Or it may be as straightforward as finding a new angle from which to view a problem.

In all cases, the work of the coach is to you help you to

  • Think more clearly
  • Find a focus that is in keeping with your talents, strengths, dreams and goals.

RATES:

Depending on what you require I charge by the session or for a package of sessions.

  • A one-off coaching session of an hour is £45.  This is reduced to £40 for six sessions or more.
  • For those who want either one or several sessions of mentoring/feedback, I charge £55 a session.  This is reduced to £50 if you sign up for four or more.  Session-to-session I read between 5,000 – 7,000 words of prose.
  • For work on a manuscript I offer a package that incorporates reading in stages,  with feedback and coaching work session-to-session.

If you have special circumstances that prohibit any of these rates then I am happy to have a chat about what we might do together.

I live in London and Norwich. I ask that we have at least one session in person; and otherwise am happy to coach over Skype phone.

I work also at The Writers Centre Norwich. Please go their web site for further details of the sessions:  http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

CONTACT ME

Please contact me on katriskala@gmail.com. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about what coaching is.

Testimonials and short About Me below!

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TESTIMONIALS:

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‘Katherine gave me invaluable feedback on what elements of craft I needed to work on for my novella. She suggested other books that could serve as models, and asked questions that helped me clarify my intentions. Not only did she understand the larger themes of the story, but she offered pointed comments that helped me trim off fat, and heighten elements that would have been less effective without her feedback. Thanks again.’

-LCC, Novelist & Editor

‘Katri has helped me achieve a degree of focus around my writing goals and has helped me make steady progress towards achieving those goals. What I particularly appreciate about Katri is her creative and intuitive approach, her sensitivity and her ability to ‘hold the space’.’

– KT, Novelist & Short Fiction

‘I have found Katri’s input through our mentoring sessions absolutely invaluable. Katri has a thorough knowledge of the arts sector. Her feedback is intelligent, sensitive and clear. She is an un-obtrusive and sympathetic listener, has the ability to cut through to the nub of an issue and set practical and achievable targets. I wish I’d come across her earlier in my career.’

-IB, Business Director, Art & Poetry Publisher

‘Katri is a kind of intellectual acupuncturist, helping me identify my writerly weak spots and my fears, keeping the pressure on any ‘blocks’ to help me mend and change; our regular ‘tune-ups’ guarantee that I don’t lapse into procrastination and self-doubt. More energy, more focus, more output – what more can a writer wish for?’

– EH, Novelist, Scriptwriter and Creative-Non Fiction

I found my work with Katherine to be very valuable. I was able to present and consider a difficult situation, in a manner that allowed me to consider a number of different angles and strategies for positive outcomes. I’m grateful for the work.’

CS, Creative Director, Digital Media Project

‘Katri’s help was invaluable and unique in that it was so light-handed. There wasn’t any sense of being directed by her or told what to do. What she does instead is listen with an unusual intelligence that comes in at exactly the right moment to free you from the knot you’ve been tying yourself that prevents you from writing.’

– LS, Poet

ABOUT ME:

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For the past twenty-five years I have worked as a senior arts administrator, writer and editor in the literature and new writing sectors in the UK and the US. Organisations I have worked for as an employee and on a free-lance basis include: the University of East Anglia, the Writers Centre Norwich, the Arts Council, the Arvon Foundation,  the BBC, Manhattan Theatre Club, Channel Four, Self (Condé Nast), among others. I have written drama, short stories, novels and magazine features. I have undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in literature and journalism from Vassar University (New York), University College (Cardiff); and an MA from the  University of East Anglia (Norwich) in ‘Writing the Modern World.’

I  have established and sat on boards of not-for-profit organisations.

I am an accredited coach for writers through a training programme developed by Relational Dynamics Coaching and run by the National Organisation for Writers in Education (NAWE) in partnership with the Arvon Foundation.

Contact: katriskala@gmail.com

N.B I operate under Chatham House Rules: your anonymity is preserved unless otherwise stated and anything said is in confidence. Aspects of the project, conversation or work might be used anonymously for purposes of testimony, discussion, training or study.