Katri is the first person I’ve worked with who has been able to explain my writing to me in terms of structural choices. It was something I knew I needed to improve but didn’t know where to start. Katri has helped me to break down my writing style and better understand my instincts, to improve where messy and build on what works. My writing feels more efficient as a result and I have a greater sense of confidence over the choices I’m making. I look forward to our sessions hugely. I have been fortunate enough to have Skype sessions every fortnight for six months which has given me something to aim for and means Katri really knows my work so that we can talk in depth. I’ve come away full of creative energy and direction for the future. Katri has a rare ability to give feedback in a way that immediately makes me start thinking of ways to improve, she’s never negative or critical so that it always feels like a shared process.
LH – Novelist
Having used the mentoring service that Katherine provides for writers, I have no hesitation in recommending her. She was quick to understand the writing issues that I brought to each meeting, and was always punctual, well prepared and easy to talk to. Her readings of my work were perceptive and I found her thoughtful feedback helpful at every session. Through working with Katherine I have progressed my writing and developed my confidence and skills to the point where I am now publishing work on a regular basis.
KC – Creative non-fiction writer
Katri has been my mentor in starting to write fiction for nearly two years. During that time, she has untangled the webs and knots of my stories and helped me to find some logic, order and structure for my work. I found Katri to be very engaged as a tutor — always interested in the possibilities, always appreciative of effort and always attending to detail. She gives written notes on manuscripts which she then discusses with you verbally. Above all, Katri is encouraging – she wants you to improve and succeed.
VM – Short story writer
‘Katherine gave me invaluable feedback on what elements of craft I needed to work on for my novella. She suggested other books that could serve as models, and asked questions that helped me clarify my intentions. Not only did she understand the larger themes of the story, but she offered pointed comments that helped me trim off fat, and heighten elements that would have been less effective without her feedback. Thanks again.’
–LCC, Novelist & Editor
‘Katri has helped me achieve a degree of focus around my writing goals and has helped me make steady progress towards achieving those goals. What I particularly appreciate about Katri is her creative and intuitive approach, her sensitivity and her ability to ‘hold the space’.’
– KT, Novelist & Short Fiction
‘I have found Katri’s input through our mentoring sessions absolutely invaluable. Katri has a thorough knowledge of the arts sector. Her feedback is intelligent, sensitive and clear. She is an un-obtrusive and sympathetic listener, has the ability to cut through to the nub of an issue and set practical and achievable targets. I wish I’d come across her earlier in my career.’
-IB, Business Director, Art & Poetry Publisher
‘Katri is a kind of intellectual acupuncturist, helping me identify my writerly weak spots and my fears, keeping the pressure on any ‘blocks’ to help me mend and change; our regular ‘tune-ups’ guarantee that I don’t lapse into procrastination and self-doubt. More energy, more focus, more output – what more can a writer wish for?’
– EH, Novelist, Scriptwriter and Creative-Non Fiction
‘I found my work with Katherine to be very valuable. I was able to present and consider a difficult situation, in a manner that allowed me to consider a number of different angles and strategies for positive outcomes. I’m grateful for the work.’
– CS, Creative Director, Digital Media Project
‘Katri’s help was invaluable and unique in that it was so light-handed. There wasn’t any sense of being directed by her or told what to do. What she does instead is listen with an unusual intelligence that comes in at exactly the right moment to free you from the knot you’ve been tying yourself that prevents you from writing.’
– LS, Poet