Events and Courses

For writing for wellbeing events please visit the dedicated Pen Power page.

I’ve been invited to read at many festivals and events including Crossing the Tees, T-junction, Poetry at the Parsonage, Sedgefield Book Festival, Middlesbrough Literature Festival, Darlington Arts Festival, Tees Women Poets organised events, the LSE Library, Warwick University and most recently The House of Commons (I’ll keep you posted on this last exciting opportunity!). I’m particularly fond of the Black Light Engine Room organised by p.a. morbid, Words on the Wall organised by Joe Williams and Word Club organised by Mark Connors and Gill Lambert which are all in the North. But I love to travel, so book me and I’ll come!

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Seasonal Space to Write

 ***Please note that due to Covid-19, the Autumn event will take place ONLINE via Zoom, and will include the facilitated warm-ups, lunchtime check-in, one-to-one feedback on a piece of work in progress and informal sharing of work, all at a special rate of £15.

November 14th 2020, 10:00 – 16:45 (places limited to a maximum of 10)

Seasonal Space to Write brings writers together, regardless of age, ability or discipline and where their interest may be in poetry or prose, report writing or simply recording daily events and experience. Each season will bring you space to write, and the next day event will take place at Hall Garth Hotel and Country Club*** near Darlington, in the lounge-library with its comfy chairs and stunning views over the parkland. The day will begin with some facilitated writing warm-up activities to help prepare you for the day ahead. You will then have free time to work on a project or piece of writing in progress which you have brought along, whether it is a mere scrap of an idea or a nearly polished piece. The final hour of the day will be an optional and informal sharing of any work in progress.  The cost of £38 per person provides a delightful work space, facilitation by an experienced tutor, a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, plus tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Wi-Fi and car parking are free.

 

An excellent day with encouraging and informative input from the facilitator. The programme left plenty of time to develop work in progress but also for around-the-table discussion and input.

Anthony (Seasonal Space to Write attendee)

Mentoring and Courses for Writers

Mentoring Service for Writers

From a single page critique to a full collection appraisal, Natalie offers a mentoring service tailored to meet your individual writing needs. As a qualified teacher and creative writing expert, Natalie has been critiquing written work for many years, offering detailed, honest feedback in a friendly, professional manner.

Natalie says: “This service is offered to new writers of poetry, script or short prose where some precise feedback on their work might provide the support they are looking for and give them some direction. I will note those aspects that are working well and suggest areas that could be improved. My aim is to provide a critical and honest appraisal of the work submitted but in a sensitive way, just as I would wish to receive comments on my own work.”

Mentoring can be conducted in a variety of ways or in combination to suit individual needs and work schedules. This can include contact by email, post, telephone or face-to-face.  The working language for submissions and appraisals is English and distance should not be a disadvantage. In the first instance drop Natalie a message via the Contact button to discuss your mentoring needs.  

I have benefitted so much from this support and I know that myself, in that I notice a quite stark contrast between the poetry I am now writing and what I wrote before.

Jen (poetry mentee)

Poetry First Steps

The idea of creating a poem can seem daunting to many people. Poetry is often perceived as being too difficult or is simply dismissed as a past-time for the literary elite. FIRST STEPS aims to dispel the myths and give you the ‘know how’ to get you writing poetry. Essentially for people who are new to poetry writing, it can also be of help to those who have already been on a course and are looking for some individual direction and encouragement.

FIRST STEPS runs for ten weeks and, as it works via correspondence with Natalie, starts at a time convenient to you. During these weeks you will learn how to use poetic language and forms, as well as aspects of rhythm and rhyme. As the course progresses, through detailed, individual feedback from Natalie, you will be encouraged to find and develop your own poetic voice, using observation, your own life stories and most importantly by learning to see the interesting in the ordinary. By the end of the course you will have crafted a series of poems and poetic responses and be ready to show the world your poetry.

In total there are eight main assignments to complete but you complete as many as you are able, given your individual circumstances. There is no right or wrong amount to complete. However, the poetry assignments are an opportunity to put into practice the writing techniques and skills you are studying, and, as you get feedback each assignment, the more you complete, the more you will get out of the course. Natalie’s students come from a variety of backgrounds and countries, and are all ages. What everyone has in common is an enthusiasm for writing poetry. If you would like to enquire about this course please do so via the Contact button.         

I can’t thank you enough for your help with the course and the excellent advice. But more importantly the confidence you have given someone like me, a shaven-headed football fan (!) to write creatively.

Steven (First Steps student)

English Tuition

Natalie is a PGCE qualified English Language/Literature teacher and examiner, graded outstanding by Ofsted, and has over 15 years of experience in education, including working with SEN students. She is motivational and empathetic in her approach. Fully DBS checked. Qualified Mental Health First Aider.

“My approach is to be friendly, supportive and professional when interacting with students. I encourage them to be proactive and resourceful in their approach to English, guiding them through the processes of learning and problem-solving. Sessions are therefore individually tailored and flexible, so are student-focused rather than teacher-led. I invite students to discuss what they would like to work on each session and establish the ways in which I can best support them. Any materials to be looked at during the session time can be emailed to me or shared via an online platform. I also support students in setting targets over a course of sessions so that they can meet their aims and manage their study time effectively.”

Please visit Natalie’s registered profile page on First Tutors.

Natalie is very professional, punctual & an inspiration to those that do not find the English subject naturally as clear as other academic topics. My daughter’s confidence not only in English but across other subjects that involve essay writing/answers has improved significantly under Natalie’s expert tutelage.

Kevin (First Tutors)

Past Events

Pen Power – Writing for Wellbeing

Course of 3 sessions delivered online to students at Arts University Bournemouth, May 2020

Session for Sedgefield Book Ends Festival, October 11th 2019 at Ceddesfield Hall

Session for Crossing the Tees Festival, June 18th 2019 at Hartlepool and Acklam libraries

Day of Writing for Personal Growth and Wellbeing, November 17th 2019 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

Session for Sedgefield Book Festival, October 13th 2018 at Ceddesfield Hall

Session for Darlington Arts Festival, May 26th 2018 at the Friends Meeting House

Taster for the Festival of Wellbeing, November 6th 2017 at Teesside University

Taster for World Mental Health Day, October 10th 2017 at Billingham Library

Taster for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2nd 2017 at Raindrops to Rainbows, Stockton-on-Tees

Writing for Wellbeing 6 week course, January 11th – February 15th 2017 at Norton Library

Try it at ARC: Pen Power – Writing for Wellbeing, February 18th 2017 at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Try it at ARC: Pen Power – Writing for Wellbeing, February 18th 2017 at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

Words to Promote Wellbeing, May 17th 2016 at Health Warehouse Café, Darlington

Try it at ARC: Pen Power – Writing for Wellbeing, February 6th 2016 at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees


Other workshops, presentations and performances (2017 to present)

31/07/20 Headline performance at Word Club, online

25/07/20 Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write’ online via Zoom

20/06/20 Headline performance at Words on the Wall, online

25/04/20   Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write’ online via Zoom

08/03/20 Performance as part of the launch for Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison, Middlesbrough Town Hall

12/10/19    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

05/10/19    Workshop for National Poetry Day at Acklam Library, Middlesbrough

17/05/19    Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison Performance, Soho Theatre, London

21/03/19    Poetry Reading for World Poetry Day at The Whitby Bookshop, Yorkshire

08/03/19    Reading and presentation of Rare Birds for Family Help IWD at Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington

23/02/19    Poetry Reading for Word Club at The Chemic Tavern, Leeds

11/02/19    Poetry reading for Beehive Poets at The Beehive, Bradford

02/02/19    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write – Winter Weekend Retreat’ at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

03/01/19    Reading and presentation of Rare Birds for the Sashes and Suffrage exhibition launch at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

24/11/18    Poetry Reading with TWP at The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hartlepool

27/10/18    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write – Autumn’ at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

06/09/18    Poetry Reading for Free as a Bard at Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay

04/08/18    Poetry Reading for North East Enemies Project at Missing Piece Arts, Stockton-on-Tees

08/08/18    Poetry Reading with Harry Gallagher at Newcastle City Library

29/07/18    Reading for Poetry at the Parsonage Festival 2018, Bronte Parsonage, Haworth

25/07/18    Reading and presentation of Rare Birds at the LSE Library, London

13/07/18    Attended Middlesbrough Council Team Awards for which My Town My Future project was shortlisted

27/06/18    Reading for Feminist Book Fortnight at Drake the Bookshop, Stockton-on-Tees

26/06/18    Reading and presentation of Rare Birds for Warwick University

09/06/18    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

26/05/18    Reading and presentation of Rare Birds with TWP at Darlington Arts Festival

15/05/18    Private reading and presentation for Rare Birds at Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington

27/04/18    Reading at the launch of My Town My Future anthology, Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

26/04/18    Attended the launch of Endeavour children’s anthology for T-junction Poetry Festival

09/02/18    Reading with Harry Gallagher at Hartlepool Library

21/01/18    Appointed as a Poet in Schools as part of the T-junction pre-festival schools programme

20/01/18    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write – Winter’ at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

16/10/17    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write – Autumn’ at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

28/09/17    Reading for National Poetry Day with TWP at Drake the Bookshop, Stockton-on-Tees

30/07/17    Appointed as Creative Writing Tutor for the Middlesbrough: My Town My Future project

15/07/17    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write – Summer’ at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

30/06/17    Judged the Northumbrian Association Writers Award 13-16 categroy, hosted by Beamish Museum

21/06/17    Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison: Presentation and Script-in-hand Performance at Acklam Library

10/06/17    Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison: Poetry Workshop at Middlesbrough Central Library

18/05/17    Guest Poetry Reading at Stanza at The Exchange, North Shields

22/04/17    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write – Spring’ at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington

18/03/17    Facilitated Poetry First Steps – Taster Session for Beginners at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

14/01/17    Facilitated ‘Seasonal Space to Write – Winter’ at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington


Website content copyright ©Natalie Scott 2020. All rights reserved.

%d bloggers like this: