Workshops & Mentoring

I am available for one-to-one mentoring (please scroll down)

I also run CAT’S COTTAGE – a chance for you to join me in my four hundred year old cottage for a day of gentle confidence-building and creativity.

The next date is Saturday 19 March 19 (booking link below)

Here’s the blurb…

If you feel you have lost your way, have no stories to tell or simply don’t know where to begin, this is the day for you. Cat, the founder of Pilates for the Pen, will lead you through a series of reflective writing exercises that will spark your imagination, bring fresh insights and raise your self-esteem. 

The cottage is so small, there’s only room for three students, so it is very relaxed and friendly. There will be tea and cake, a homemade lunch and a stroll around the delightful market town of Alcester. You do not need to have writing experience, simply a desire to express yourself. 

Deeply satisfying, fun but focussed, the workshop will especially benefit anyone who is finding it difficult to settle to writing at the moment. Cat is a highly experienced trainer who likes to create a safe, supportive space where people can laugh and learn together. She is extremely good at showing how ideas can be generated. You will go home with endless possible storylines, guaranteed πŸ™‚

Who is it for?

Suitable for every level of writing.

Will I need anything?

A journal, notebook or pad of paper, plus a pen. Or a laptop.

Participant review

‘I had a great day in Cat’s writing workshop, and did some thought-provoking exercises. She’s a mesmerising storyteller, and I hope I was able to absorb some useful tips for drawing people into a story instead of simply recounting an event. Lovely cottage venue, atmospheric and cosy, and some great conversation!’


How can I help you?

  • Would you like to be a more confident writer?
  • Would you like to learn how to present your work to audiences?
  • Would you like to be a better storyteller?
  • Would you like help telling your story?
  • Or…. ?

I have made my living as an artist for the past thirty five years. That is a LOT of experience under my belt! now I work as a trainer, either with organisations or one-to-one, to pass this expertise on and help develop emerging artists.

Clients include The Society of Authors, Writing West Midlands, The National Trust, Banbury Therapy Centre, Sure Start, the Library Service, The RSPB, The Hay Festival, Scholastic Books, Swindon Festival of Literature and countless others.

Cat is an excellent teacher, letting me watch and learn before having a go myself. Under her experienced guidance I felt more self-assured than I thought possible. It’s a privilege to have support from someone with such a breadth of professional expertise. Jess Stockham, author of The Big Red Rock

My specialist areas of expertise include:

  • How to present your work as an author, whether you write adult novels or picture books for little ones.
  • How to be a Visiting Author for schools: how to get work, what to expect on the day, how to create content for workshops.
  • Working with true-life stories, either writing or performing
  • How to raise your game as a performance storyteller
  • How to be more authentic and speak from the heart
  • How to work with infants as an artist

But really – anything is possible! I will work with you to deliver exactly what you need. Please contact me a chat (via the Contact form) Asking is free and I always love to talk πŸ™‚