“Elaine Baker is a skilled poet and educator, with much experience of guiding emerging poets to get the best from their writing in a workshop setting. She is generous, sensitive and detailed in her critique of poems, and has a strong knowledge of the contemporary scene and recent critical theory, and an incredible enthusiasm for the poetic art.”

Tamar Yoseloff, Poet (Seren), Tutor & Publisher (Hercules Editions)

The Poetry Mixer, evening course:

‘Elaine’s course was pitched at a level that worked for me. I thought the balance of activities was just right and I especially enjoyed reading and discussing the poems she brought. I liked the way Elaine brought out the strengths of everyone in the group and the way she encouraged constructive feedback. I’m looking forward to the next course!’


‘Elaine was skilled, insightful and inspiring. I would recommend her as a tutor.’

Work in schools:

“Elaine’s work with our students has been outstanding. Inspiring, motivational, creative and well-organised. Elaine’s programme has given our young writers the skills and confidence to really flourish as poets and authors. Without exception, the writers involved have loved their experience and, as a result, I would recommend Elaine without reservation.”

– Tom Goodenough, Headteacher, Didcot Girls’ School, 2018

Award-winning poets!

So proud of my writing mentees: Kat, Elena & Anna, who were all Award Winners in the 2018 Poetry Live competition, as part of the prestigious Oxford Festival of the Arts! (Congrats to all my young writers who took part.) Find a couple of pics of the event over on my Blog.



Student Feedback


‘Elaine is amazing. The support she provided was incredible! I have 100% benefitted from this opportunity.’

‘Thank you for freeing my words.’

‘I’m so happy I signed up for the workshops 20 weeks ago, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the writing experience.’

‘The structure of the sessions is good’

‘Thank you! The experience has been amazing!’

In their own words, the best thing about mentoring has been:

‘The one-to-one specific feedback’

‘Being able to share my work’

‘Writing a poem I’m proud of’

‘Learning how to improve a piece of writing’

Please get in touch with me if you would like me to plan and deliver some bespoke poetry workshops or mentoring for your school or organisation.