Note – At present, I’m tutoring for a few Universities, and mentoring a few poets, so I’m unlikely to have room to take on any more work. You’re welcome to contact me with any proposals, of course – I just might have room.
I’ve run creative writing workshops (specialising in poetry) for community and arts organisations such as Roomers (St Kilda/Melbourne), Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre (Perth), WriteAbility at Writers Victoria, Brunswick Community Neighbourhood House, Back to Back Theatre, and Australian Poetry , as well as at literary festivals such as the Brisbane Writers Festival and the Perth Poetry Festival. I provide exercises and experiences to prompt writing, with topics ranging from unique self-portraits, writing and the body, contemporary poetry and more…
In 2021, I’ll be facilitating an online monthly poetry clinic for Writers Victoria. For more information, and to book, see here.
In recent years, I’ve also worked as a casual tutor at universities, including La Trobe, Deakin, and RMIT, teaching poetry, creative writing and essay writing.
Mentoring & Manuscript Assessment
I’ve also been mentoring emerging poets. I offer detailed and tailored feedback on individual poems and on manuscripts. Depending on what you’re after, I’m also able to develop a tailored program of reading recommendations, writing exercises and suggestions of where to submit poems. Rates are modest, and can be hourly or based on a set project.
Sharing poetry is so intimate, especially first clumsy attempts… Thank you for being such a sensitive and skilled mentor and poet. Your intuitive, gentle encouragement have seen me and my poetry bloom…
– Tash Adams
Andy’s generosity established connection and trust. Feedback spanned the grammatical to the conceptual including many elements and distinctions of poetry which were new to me. Being privy to his feedback to others greatly enhanced my understanding…
– Anon., Workshop Participant
I’ve attended Andy’s writing and poetry workshops for the past two years and have been informally mentored on fund writing and manuscript preparation. I admire Andy’s work greatly and have gained a distinct maturity in my own writing which I attribute to his supportive and innovative approach to the art of writing.
– Annerliegh Grace McCall
I would be interested in coming along to your poetry workshops in Brunswick, but am not free on Mondays until November. Will the classes be running at that time? Otherwise, when do they begin again in 2013, and will they still be on at the same time and day?
Thanks Laura – we’re starting again on Monday 8th October, for an 8-week period. I assume we’ll still be running on Monday mornings next year too, as that seems to suit the Neighbourhood House, but it could be reviewed. Would be great to have you with us, if you’re free. I really liked “Bug Ear” and the clouds photo on your blog, btw… Andy.
Oh, thank you Andy! I have just started writing poetry and would love to learn all about it. Unfortunately I am not available on Mondays in October – but I will definitely try to join early next year.
I love your poetry!
Thanks Laura – hope we can meet later in the year! In the meantime, there’s plenty of poetry readings around Melbourne if you want some live poetry… just google “Melbourne Spoken Word” or “Pam’s Poetry Pitch”.
Dear Andy, I am a writer and actor, my writing has a poetic tone and rhythm. However I feel like I’m walking down a blind alley – I think I’m writing poetry but I’m not sure. I don’t know if its my lack of confidence or my lack of knowledge that ties me up in knots – both, very likely. Anyway, I’d like to come to your Poetry workshops, but think it woud be useful to meet with you privately at least once before I go. Can you tell me how much private mentoring costs?
Thanks – I’ll email you privately, but just wanted to say here publicly that if you feel it’s poetry, I can bet it is – though of course, poetry is something we can go deeper into – the more we read, write, think and live, the poetry we write can be more poetic and more us.