A professional member of NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education) and editor at V. Press poetry and flash fiction imprint, Sarah has years of experience in facilitating workshops and giving feedback on people’s poetry.

Structuring a Pamphlet Cover imageSTRUCTURING A PAMPHLET

Following on from various discussions with poets and writers, Sarah has put together a short (eight A4 pages) guidance sheet on ‘Structuring a Pamphlet’. The advice and points to consider are based on her own experience putting together her own pamphlets and collections, as well as her work as V. Press editor reading and working on other writers’ manuscripts. This guidance sheet is mainly intended for those putting together a poetry pamphlet. But some of the points on it may also be useful for flash pamphlets and full collections.

This guide is free, though a voluntary Tip-jar donation of £2 is invited.

For a pdf copy of ‘Structuring a Pamphlet’, please either email Sarah at vpresspoetry@hotmail.com or click on the paypal Tip-jar donation button below.

 

Editorial Services

Depending on availability, Sarah offers a reading, feedback and advice service to poets looking for an outside editor to give their work an extra one-over or the benefit of a fresh perspective.

To give a rough guideline, Sarah’s typical editorial rates are £35 an hour, or £35 for an appraisal of 100 lines of poetry. But costs vary depending on the specific feedback required, be it as a general overview, a detailed focussing on one aspect such as spelling/grammar/punctuation or line by line feedback on all aspects of the poems.

Feedback is usually by email, but skype can sometimes be arranged.

For more information and/or specific quote, please email Sarah on sarahaleavesleyATyahooDOTcom, giving as much detail as possible about the number of poems/size of manuscript and type of feedback required.

Sarah is also editor and managing director of V. Press – an interview about her V. Press editing and work can be found at Six Questions For…here.)

Journalism/Advertorials/Copywriting

A fully NCTJ-qualified and prize-winning regional newspaper reporter, Sarah has experience writing across news, features, opinion pieces for television, advertorials, reviews and more. She is also a prize-winning photographer with years of experience in charity marketing. More examples of her journalistic experience can be found here, her photography here and her charity PR roles here.

For more information and/or specific quote, please email Sarah on sarahaleavesleyATyahooDOTcom, giving as much detail as possible about the project you would like her input on.

Workshops

Sarah has experience facilitating workshops in a range of settings including first schools, Droitwich Library, Worcester Cathedral, Worcester Oxfam Bookshop and a church. These have included workshops for literary festivals, mental health charities and Worcester Cathedral Poets, and have catered for new and experienced writers, adults, children, homeless people and those suffering from depression, mental health and learning difficulties.

Typical workshop rates (including preparation time) are £200 a day, £100-£120 for ½ day and £50-£60 for a 1hr session. But Sarah’s workshops can be tailored around a wide range of themes and pricing varies depending on the length of workshop, travel involved and preparation time needed for a particular workshop/project. For more information and/or a quote for a specific project, please email Sarah on sarahaleavesleyATyahooDOTcom with details of what you are looking for, where and when.

Testimonials/Recommendations

“St Paul’s Creative Group: Poetry Workshops delivered by Sarah James
“We have been lucky to have had three poetry workshops delivered by Sarah James which have inspired us to create our own and stimulated much interest and enthusiasm.
Our current project is : “Finding Light” and Sarah had taken much thought and care in preparing how to use photographs that the group had taken at Worcester cathedral.
Sarah has a lovely unassuming manner and way of working intuitively with the group and her praise and encouragement was appreciated by us all.”
Gerraldine Lowman, April 2019

“We were delighted that Sarah agreed to run a session with our Literary Society; staff and students alike thoroughly enjoyed listening to her poems and gaining a poet’s insight into the process of writing. Sarah’s talk about her experience in the worlds of literature, journalism and publishing was so valuable to our Sixth Form students, and they were very grateful for the opportunity to ask her about her work.” Mrs. Lucy Walmsley, English Department, King’s School Worcester, March 2019

From a testimonial by Worcester Cathedral Poets organiser Claire Gathercole: “Sarah James is a greatly valued local poet who attends the quarterly Worcester Cathedral Poetry Workshops which I organise and regularly takes sessions for us.

The last workshop she took for us was in July 2015 and we quickly realised that we were in for an outstanding session, as not only is Sarah a gifted poet, but she is also gifted at inspiring others to write.

For example, her first idea was to provide lots of possible poem embryos for us to work on recognising that such an embryo could either take us towards a descriptive poem, towards a narrative or character poem, or a poem adopting a different viewpoint or voice…I am sure not one person left without having at least started a poem, while we were all delighted with the way Sarah’s Workshop has enabled and engrossed us.”

More background on Sarah’s From Pain to Poetry/Anguish to Art workshops created as part of the ACE-funded 2016 tour of The Magnetic Diaries can be found here. These were run in a wide-range of settings, including workshops run for homeless charities and mental health groups as well as the general public/writers. Some of the resulting poems can be enjoyed here.

Sarah also does occasional assembly performances, and a pupil’s poem inspired by her 2016 visit to Chawson First School can be enjoyed here.

More Past Experience

Sarah’s workshop experience includes:

Trinity College, Oxford, Trinity Arts Week ‘tension’ themed workshop run with Sophia Thakur in May 2019 – the handout from Sarah’s part of the workshop can be found Trinity Arts Week tension workshop handouts.
Light and photography-inspired workshops for St Paul’s Hostel’s Creative Group in April 2019;
Series of From Pain to Poetry/Anguish to Art workshops created as part of the ACE-funded 2016 tour of The Magnetic Diaries, run in a wide-range of settings, including workshops run for homeless charities and mental health groups as well as the general public/writers in 2016;
Three-hour Workshop for Worcester Cathedral Poets in July 2015;
Facilitating/leading a creative writing group for Evesham’s Garage Arts, for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues in Jan and Feb 2014;
Halloween Monster Poems workshop at Worcester Oxfam Bookshop on 1 November, 2012;
National Poetry Day reception, Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 poetry workshops at St Peter’s First School, Droitwich, on October 4, 2012;
Drop-in Art-Inspired/Haiku poetry workshop for Worcestershire Literary Festival and Droitwich Arts Festival at Droitwich Library Gallery on June 23,2012;
In the Family Tree Worcestershire Literary Festival family-friendly workshop led by Sarah and fellow Worcestershire poet Jenny Hope on June 18, 2011;
When Daddy Fell Into the Pond Worcestershire Literary Festival family-friendly workshop led by Sarah and fellow Worcestershire poet Jenny Hope on June 12, 2011;
World Book Day year 3 talk on poetry and books on March 4, 2011;
National Poetry Day full school assembly, year 3 poetry reading and year 1 poetry workshop at St Peter’s First School, Droitwich, on October 7, 2010;
Running a series of creative workshops for KS2 pupils at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from September 2010;
Led a short poetry workshop for adults for a creative writing group at Droitwich Library on July 16, 2010;
Ran poetry workshops for year 1 and year 2 pupils at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from Jan – July 2010;
Ran a storytelling session at Droitwich’s Santa’s Grotto on December 5, 2009;
Ran short story and poetry workshops for children at Droitwich’s annual Salt Day festival in September 2009;
Ran poetry workshops for reception to year 4 pupils at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from February – July 2009;