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.

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 £25 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.

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. Her most current workshop programme is From Pain to Poetry/From Anguish to Art, created as part of an ACE-funded tour of her poetry-play The Magnetic Diaries. This is suitable for a wide-range of settings, including workshops run for homeless charities and mental health groups as well as the general public/writers.

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.

Comments 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.

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

Sarah’s workshop experience includes:
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;