Skype with Heidi Williamson

Heidi WilliamsonThis is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Heidi Williamson, wherever you live. Heidi runs one-hour sessions via Skype. Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881.


IF NO DATE IS SHOWING or you can’t find a suitable date/time, contact Paul McGrane to see if Heidi can set up an ad-hoc session for you.

Once you’ve booked, and a few weeks before the call, we’ll send you Heidi’s contact details so that you can email up to 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum. During the call, you will have opportunities to discuss strategies for further developing your writing, problems you may be experiencing, and ways to take your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work. £50 for Poetry Society Members, £60 for non-members.

What people said

The surgery with Heidi was excellent! I learnt so many new things. She helped me understand my strengths and areas I need to work on. GA

Heidi is fab! Can’t sing her praises highly enough! AC

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 session with Heidi was great, I really enjoyed it. Heidi provided me with some great feedback on my poems and also some recommendations for some extra reading I could do around the subjects I was interested in writing in. My husband said that there sounded like there was a lot of laughter coming from the room! Heidi was really friendly, and helped me to identify the areas I need to work on to develop as a writer. GB

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

Surgery went really well! It’s a great thing to be able to do. KT

About Heidi

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.