Mentoring & Teaching

 

Portrait of the writer Kate BrownKate teaches creative writing for TheReaderBerlin  and is a mentor for The Womentoring Project.

For new courses please look here!  She also mentors writers and film-makers privately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out more by contacting her via the contact page.

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

Liavali Coquet

Kate’s classes/workshops are carefully organized and well thought out. I hate time wasters, and Kate’s approach to the writing process does not waste anyone’s time. She also does not push anyone into uncomfortable rhythms, but it is easy to understand what she is trying to show us, and be inspired by the possibilities – even when like me, you have never studied creative writing in this manner.

Through Kate’s guiding workshops I learned about the writing process in ways that I can effectively work through, without being in any way constricted. Kate has a way of conducting her exercises that makes us all look at our own writing with a view to improve it, without disregarding individual voices and styles.

There are no dogmatic solutions to creating better writing, but Kate’s workshops have plenty of unexpected angles from which to approach one’s work and see it fresh. I went there knowing nothing, and the learning curve was as steep as it was comfortable, and easy to grasp.

I am re-reading my work in ways I had not considered and writing things that I had not imagined I could improve, having previously lacked the know-how of what to improve. The classes also keep one interested, motivated, inspired and agile. I will join any new course’s Kate has, it is not easy to find someone who can teach with goals and objectives while being able to adapt to all new questions or issues from each students. Kate’s classes are for a group, but she caters to everyone’s specific problems or issues with writing and provides advice and guidance as well as choices.

Kate is clearly in charge of the time during her workshops, and this shows in both how we progress fast from subject to subject before arguments/conversation becomes banal and off-course, but this is done through small unobtrusive prompts, without it being rushed or anyone being cut off. When you are giving up 2 hours of your week several weeks in a row, you hope you will not be travelling a long way to listen to a bunch of people exchanging useless chit chat, this is never the case in Kate’s workshops. Subjects, critical thinking, learning and constructive argument all happen as Kate has determined, and we are none of us lost in the conversations. We learn, we engage, we are surprised and definitely excited to get home and get writing.

As a woman I have attended plenty of workshops where even though men make up less than a quarter of the group, source materials are 95% male, and men are allowed to occupy a much bigger space in the workshop, they are allowed more speaking time and allowed to interrupt others. This has happened with both male and female workshop teachers. Kate’s methods do not allow for any one voice to take over a disproportionally amount of space, she makes sure people are encouraged to share and space is made for them, without unduly pressuring anyone into speaking.

 

Rebekah Powell

I was in no way prepared for writing my first novel, and Kate’s course came at the perfect time. Kate has the practical experience of writing her own novels to help you make it through the first steps in your journey. She’s realistic: she will tell you how it is and she’s won’t shy away from the hard truths. But she’s incredibly kind and encouraging, turning everything into an opportunity for growth and always seeing the good in a writer’s work. She helped me to hone in on a purpose, develop key scenes in my story and gave me incredibly wise council on what works for her in her own writing and what pitfalls to avoid.

A special bonus to this class is the community we built along the way. Being able to sit across the table from fellow writers who were “in the trenches” with me and who understood my frustration and my celebrations was another highlight to this course. It was such a joy to be in community with other writers in Berlin, and many of these relationships have continued even since the course ended.

In short, this class will be one of the best investments you can make in your novel. If you have the time, you simply must take this course.

 

Hilda

With a well-considered selection of readings, group discussions, and accessible writing exercises, Kate’s class provided the structure and support I was looking for as I work on finishing my first draft. It was also a welcome opportunity to connect with a local community of like-minded writers and get some feedback.

 

Philothée Gaymard

I have attended two of Kate’s classes on the novel, which have helped me get back on track with my project and test out ideas with the group, whose feedback was invaluable. Kate would often give us exercises that sparked new ideas for me and got me to explore facets of my characters or my story I hadn’t thought of. Her feedback was always constructive, specific and accurate. I definitely recommend her class if you’re starting on with a novel, but also if you’re willing to go more in depth into the craft!

 

 

Film mentoring

Amélie Vrla

Kate Brown knows how to read a project in the right way: she asks you the right questions, makes the right remarks and pushes you in the right direction to further develop the whole. She spots the problems and shares her wise ideas to solve them, thus helping you to rapidly move forward.

 

Maeve McQuillan

Kate was a great mentor. Her notes on my script were very insightful, they really helped clarify the issues within the story.  Moreover, her advise and support throughout the development stage of my feature script was invaluable. Kate really helped push the project through to the next stage.