Fee: £60 (£50 for Poetry Society Members)
How to book
- Please book online via the What’s On page
- Email [email protected] with any queries
- Poetry Society Members – make sure you pick the lower price option
- Heidi will be in touch with you by phone or email to confirm a date and time.
- At least two weeks before the session, please email 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum, to her in one Word or PDF document.
- Add an accompanying note saying 1. why you write poetry, 2. what you hope to do with your writing, 3. what you hope to gain from the session.
About Heidi Williamson
Heidi Williamson is a poet, tutor and writing coach. She has worked in schools, museums, private companies and as a writer-in-residence. She studied poetry and prose at the UEA, and reads and delivers workshops regularly throughout the UK. Her first collection Electric Shadow (Bloodaxe, 2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry. Her latest collection The Print Museum (Bloodaxe), won the East Anglian Writers ‘Book by the Cover’ Award and the 2016 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry.
In 2008 and 2009 Heidi was writer-in-residence for the London Science Museum’s Dana Centre. From 2011-2014 she was writer-in-residence at the John Jarrold Printing Museum. As an accredited Writing Coach, Heidi helps creative writers in 1:1 sessions both privately and through Writers Centre Norwich. She is a professional member of the Association for Coaching. She has many years’ experience developing and delivering writing workshops for adults and children, working with organisations including The Poetry School, Writers’ Centre Norwich, Poetry Anglia, the Science, Art and Writing Trust, Virgin, and for individual schools, festivals and writing organisations.
Her third poetry collection Return by Minor Road, is out now with Bloodaxe. She won the 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize, judged by Greta Stoddart.
Feeback from Heidi’s previous sessions
I really appreciate the sessions with Heidi. She is a thoughtful and encouraging reader. I find it motivating to get feedback. Many thanks to The Poetry Society for offering these high quality online options. JF
The Skype session with Heidi was excellent. I needed an outside, objective assessment of my writing from an experienced poet and that is exactly what I got. She seemed to grasp intuitively, exactly what I wanted to express. Heidi explained clearly why she liked certain lines and images, and why they worked. I thoroughly enjoyed the Surgery, found it invaluable and was still buzzing the next day. IS
The session with Heidi was excellent. She is very at home with working in this way and I felt at ease and able to explore thoughts and ideas which felt quite tentative. Her observations about my poems were precise and astute and for each comment there was a suggestion for how I might proceed. It was a thoroughly happy and rewarding experience. Thanks for making it possible. LH