Thursday, 16 November 2017

Feedback on workshops and courses

Write on the Farm workshop, archeological dig, 24th June 2017

It would be lovely to see you at one - or more! - of my workshops and courses. To tempt you, here's some feedback I've received over the past 15 years:

"Brantwood, still the best poetry party in town!" from one very happy participant on last August's poetry course at Brantwood. Plenty more wonderful feedback from Brantwood participants to be added here!

Feedback received from Suffolk Poetry Society members:

"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the workshop - I found it inspiring and supportive, and you are so warm and such fun as well... thank you so much. I hope to work with you in the future."

"Thank you for a wonderful workshop... and thanks for saying you don’t mind me ‘borrowing’ some of your ideas. I particularly loved the foreign language activity. Genius!"

“About fifteen of us enjoyed a stimulating poetry workshop with Geraldine Green last Friday. The workshop took place at UCS, and was followed by a delicious meal, poetry reading by Geraldine and Open Mic session at Arlington's in Ipswich. 

The day of poetry was organised by Ian Griffiths and The Suffolk Poetry Society. I, for one, came away with pages of draft poems and raw material on subjects as diverse as gooseberries and the Caryatids on the Erechtheion in Athens!

Geraldine's relaxed approach gave us the confidence to experiment, and we enjoyed sharing our efforts - and making new friends in the process. I never cease to be amazed (and impressed!) by the care and neat hand writing employed by some poets in their initial phase of drafting.” – Caroline Gill

and some more rather lovely things about my workshops!

“I've been on Geraldine's face-to-face and online workshops and have also booked her to lead several workshops in the past. All her workshops that I've been to have been inspirational so I highly recommend her as a workshop facilitator. She brings her poetry expertise and knowledge to the workshops so I always come away with poems that I’ve written, but also names of interesting poets to read more of.  

Another thing I love is that Geraldine creates a lovely supportive group in her workshops and manages to include everyone regardless of whether they are experienced or a beginner or have learning disabilities.” - Carol Ross Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

"I thought the (National Trust Create by the Lake) workshop was very well facilitated, you [Geraldine] really encouraged participants to think creatively and to feel comfortable with sharing what they had produced. 

You have a lovely manner with people and we would definitely call on your expertise again with future creative writing events. I really look forward to working with you again in the future. I think it's great to do really creative activities in the outdoors, it worked really well on the site. The only thing that people said in their feedback was more time, so we'll have to think about that again in the future!" -

Naomi Hewitt Project Manager, National Trust Derwentwater Foreshore Project, Keswick, Cumbria

Feedback emailed to me from Anna Turner, from a poetry workshop I ran in October for Calderdale Reader Development and
 the Ted Hughes Festival, Hebden Bridge  In response to the question: "Was there anything you particularly liked about the day?” The following responses were received:
“Giving and receiving feedback from everyone in the groups – esp. Geraldine’s workshop. Everyone feeling confident to comment and risk.”

“Geraldine’s workshop was very warm and friendly”

“I enjoyed the afternoon writing exercises with Geraldine Green”

“Great group with Geraldine Green!”

and some lovely feedback from participants on two 2014 residential creative writing courses: 

JUNE 2014, BODY PARTS with Penelope Shuttle and Geraldine Green Swarthmoor Hall Ulverston, and

SUMMER SOLSTICE POETRY with NY poet George Wallace and Geraldine Green Brantwood Coniston  

- Plus very positive things to say about both venues, Swarthmoor Hall and Brantwood Coniston:

Did the workshop meet your expectations? More than! It was a lovely group of people

Would you recommend it to others? Unreservedly!

Which aspects of the workshop did you like most? Everything!

Geraldine & Penny were fab 5 star tutors

Were the handouts helpful?
·      Yes!
·      More than helpful they were great!

Were the workshops well planned by the tutors?
·      Absolutely!
·      Brilliant!
·      Yes, and very stimulating

Did you enjoy them?
·      Yes, and challenging too

Would you come on this workshop again?
·      Definitely
·      Yes!
·      Yes

Where did you find out about the workshop?
·      Geraldine. I came last year and wanted to come again.
·      From a previous workshop with Geraldine
·      From the internet
·      From Facebook
·      From Penny

Which aspects of the workshop did you like most? The group warmth and collaboration, the fast exercises, i.e. the immediate, time-limited tasks

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!
Yes, for these tutors.

In overall terms did the workshop meet your expectations?
·      Yes, exceeded!
·      100% and more!
·      Exceeded!

Any final thoughts?

·      I feel stimulated and supported, thank you!
·      Thank you so much. I have learned such a lot in 3 days! You have given me the tools and inspiration to move on with my writing. I leave excited, inspired and pen poised. Thank you.

Please contact me via Poetry PF 
if you're interested in my running a creative writing workshop/residential, giving a reading or a talk - thanks.

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