I am an experienced workshop facilitator, mentor and coach. I deliver sessions that cover all aspects of writing, storytelling, performance and presentation skills in both group and one to one settings. If you need dramaturgical support and feedback on a writing project, help structuring a story or narrative, or assistance with communication, presentation and public speaking skills within an artistic or business setting, I can tailor workshops and create coaching packages to suit you. Please read my testimonials page to see what others have to say about working with me.
PERFORMANCE /PRESENTATION SKILLS
Public speaking can fill anyone with terror. All those people looking at you, the nerves that creep in and take over, leaving you with a dry mouth, shaking hands and a crack in your voice. I offer fun and inclusive workshops that draw on a variety of performance techniques designed to develop creative freedom, confidence and exploring playful ease. Drawing on my actor training and experience as a spoken word performer I guide groups and individuals through their anxieties associated with public speaking, equipping them with tools and techniques to help them deliver their message with clarity and confidence. Public speaking can be terrifying, but with focused coaching and support you can move beyond your fears and find a way to speak in public with relaxed conviction. You never know, you might even start to enjoy it...
I am a writer and writing coach with industry experience of developing and creating work within theatres, Universities, educational and community settings. I am a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme and have a PhD by Creative Practice in Playwriting from the University of York, where I tutored playwriting as an Associate Lecturer 2009 - 2016. While at York I received the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award in recognition for my teaching and mentoring skills.
I regularly run writing workshops, and offer packages in playwriting, memoir, short story and poetry. I believe that everyone has a compelling story to tell and I love the buzz that comes from working with a room of inspired writers who are sharing and developing their work in a constructive creative environment. I can tailor sessions for all writing levels and can also work on a one to one basis if preferred.
STORYTELLINg FOR BUSINESSES
We live in a world saturated with story, but we never tire of hearing them. Not the good ones anyway. How does your business use story in its day to day operations? What are the aspects of your story that your clients find most inspirational and compelling? How do you begin to structure a story or narrative in a way that grabs and sustains attention? What are the fundamental building blocks of story? Are there ways that you can feed the skills of a storyteller into the work that you and your colleagues are already doing? I can work with you and your team to focus in on particular aspects of your business story, and the narrative that you are offering your clients. By embracing the power of story telling and learning some of the tools that artists use to build narratives that subvert, inspire and move you may discover new ways to help you achieve your business goals.