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Feedback on writing course

on Feb25 2017

I’ve run two courses at New Theatre Royal over the last few weeks. One was a bad-ass editing one-day workshop,  the other three evenings of developing writing. Both courses went brilliantly – lovely participants who engaged thoroughly with the activities. I believe in making classes fun but challenging. People attending should – in my opinion – be able to take away exercises and techniques which they can apply to other work.


I was thrilled to read this feedback from a participant >>>>

Dear Zella

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your creative workshops entitled ‘Develop Your Writing’ over the last three weeks.
The workshops were so enlightening and made me think in an entirely different way about writing and planning my work.
How you managed to pack so many exercises into three sessions and still retain the fun element was impressive.
The speed dating ‘What If..’ story plotting session opened up lots of new ideas!
Please let me know if you are running any further courses at the theatre in future.
It was an affordable, informative and thoroughly enjoyable course.
Many thanks
Jackie Green

Thank you Jackie! You and your marshmellow tea-cakes are awesome!

Endorsement for feedback (amazing!)

on Oct18 2016

Look at what the editor in chief of Portsmouth’s Star & Crescent said about my feedback:

Zella worked with me on a piece of creative memoir – The Monster Beneath, subsequently published in the Arts Council funded Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Grown Ups – exploring a childhood experience of domestic violence in my family. This was the first time I had worked on such a personal piece of writing and Zella’s feedback was invaluable, both personally and professionally.

Zella has a pragmatic but creative approach and understood with great intuition and clarity what I was trying to achieve with the piece. She helped me to draw out the major themes, and to amend the style to make the story more accessible to the reader, emotionally and in terms of understanding the timeline. Most importantly, Zella acted as a clear critical voice that didn’t flinch from providing me with honest critique from a reader’s perspective, whilst maintaining a highly sensitive and practical understanding of the technical side of rewriting and editing.

Zella understands the importance for writers of honouring an original artistic vision while never losing sight of the most crucial element of writing – the ability to speak to a broad audience. She brings a vast range of her own professional writing experiences to the table – including as a playwright, a short story writer and a columnist – and I won’t hesitate to bring my next important piece of work to her.

Sarah Cheverton, Freelance writer and researcher, and Editor in Chief, Star & Crescent.

I can’t stop blushing. Terrific. If you are interested in developing your writing, drop me a line.




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