Tanya Shadrick Kendal Mountain 2017

“Outstanding talk by Tanya Shadrick. Love of life, and loss, and the role of water in it all. And fascinating insights on editing another’s work.” Library of Ice author Nancy Campbell on Wild Woman Swimming at Kendal Mountain Literature Festival.

All enquiries relating to literary work – including radio, press, festivals and related public speaking – should be made via agent Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens.

Subject to availability, I also offer creative services in the following areas. To begin a conversation around any of these options, please use the contact form to outline what you’d like.

Travel costs, accommodation and expenses are additional to the fee for any of the following services.


As artist-in-residence, I work in public spaces to encourage creativity in those who encounter me – using letter-writing, reading aloud, and the making of communal written artefacts. My fee includes social media engagement before, during and after.


I am most often invited to talk on the following themes: developing and sustaining a creative routine; the roles of chance, connection and community in creative lives; building and communicating a creative identity.

Concessions/free support: If you are running an event encouraging creative confidence in marginalised groups do get in touch, as I’m able to offer a number of free and low-fee activities each year around paid engagements.

“Profound. Liberating. Empowering…Tanya’s teaching feels like an incredibly constructive discussion, engaging not only the learner’s mind but also body and whole way of being in the world. The weeks spent in her company have had a profound, long-lasting impact on my practice.” Student (New Writing South, 2018)


I am a regular visiting tutor on the New Writing South life-writing course, and  have worked too with students on the University of Sussex Art History module Word & Image. I offer students perspectives & exercises on: non-fiction and life-writing – with a special interest in European approaches; writing as art practice; getting residencies; outsider art; embodied practice; connecting with people and place.

Bespoke workshops

I am happy to create a bespoke workshop on request for a book group or writing collective around their current themes – or on a topic that has worked well with my previous groups. All of my teaching focuses on embodied practice – mark-making, using voice, developing creative routines and rituals. Themes that students find particularly rewarding include: Exploring Childhood Place; Using Limits & Boundaries; Outsider Art; Playing With Scale; Letters to Past & Future Selves.


I work only with emerging writers – those who have yet to find a creative community. I do not provide editorial or other professional support in preparing work for submission. Instead, I aim to be a safe first person with whom to share early words – diary entries, blog posts – and to draw out a client’s hopes for their developing creative life.

The service includes:

  • Reading up to 3000 words
  • A one-hour in person or phone conversation
  • A follow-up exercise based on key ideas from consultation

Reading for Change or Consolation

As a Literature MA and former hospice life-story scribe, I have a passion for helping people find the authors, books, ideas and traditions that may help them through a major life event or support them in their creative development.

The service includes:

  • Setting the client an initial exercise upon which work begins
  • A one-hour in person or phone conversation
  • Bespoke reading list supplied afterwards

“I’d like to thank you for your gentleness of reply.  Your reflection on your own experiences, alongside your ability to provide guidance in a safe manner is truly appreciated.  You sensed correctly that it was (and remains) a leap of faith to entrust another with writing.  Indeed, I’ve not reached out to anyone else before, but am pleased I have to you.” Mentee (2019)


Tanya Shadrick End of Pells Residency