What Cathy’s writing students say about her:
Cathy is not only a brilliant teacher and mentor but something closer to a literary spiritual guide, using her vast wisdom and understanding to support and explore not only the craft but the psychological process of writing as well as the emotional impact of writing from your own life. Her warmth, empathy and generosity make you feel relaxed enough to create and share your work at the same time as allowing her to identify and develop what is unique in each writer.
— Xanthi Barker
As a tentative writer-to-be I arrived at the workshop with excitement, nerves and a little voice inside questioning if I had a right to be there.My doubts and insecurities were quickly dissolved by Cathy’s warmth, humour and genuine care for everyone in the room and the stories they wished to tell. I left the workshop with new understanding and concrete tools to use in my writing, but most importantly I left feeling inspired, motivated and capable.I can’t imagine a safer, more supportive pair of hands to guide my words into the world.
When Cathy mentored me for my full-length memoir as part of the development programme for ‘Common People’, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew she was a hugely admired and respected industry professional (her brilliant memoir was my inspiration), but I had no idea she’d be so ‘human’ and quite so much fun. Cathy combines the gifts of an extraordinary teacher–her knowledge, passion, insight and energy are joyous and second to none–with the warmth of her own life experience, her infectious humour and a rare quality of being able to ‘say it as it is’ in a way you just adore her for.She is inspirational and I learned SO much: from what to consider in life-writing and howto improve my work, to how to edit and see it as a reader would, to understanding the tools writers also need outside creativity. She has helped me stride forward and believe in my work in a way no one else has. Amazing tutor and woman – I cannot rate her highly enough.
— Jenny Knight
Cathy has an amazing knack of helping you see all the pieces of the puzzle. I knew I wanted to write something longer than a song but couldn’t see my way. Cathy helped me unlock my stories and encouraged me to dive in.And, despite all my fears, it’s largely exhilarating and enjoyable.Cathy is both intuitive and highly skilled-a brilliant combination as a mentor and a teacher.
— Kate Dimbleby
Cathy gave me lots of useful practical tips to help me in my writing practice. I have continued to use her ideas and they have helped me to stay committed to my writing. Her nurturing manner was encouraging and really built my confidence. I would recommend her courses to anyone.
— Caro Fentiman
Cathy is a natural teacher and attending one of her courses can only be described as life enhancing. You will leave refreshed and uplifted, brimming with ideas, confidence restored, your soul succoured and, moreover, have had a jolly good laugh along the way. Her life experiences have given her a very special ability to empathise and connect with people. This translates into a teaching style that is both vibrant and relevant. You will learn lots on a ‘Cathy Course’. Highly recommended.