ONE-TO-ONE creative COACHING and mentoring

For writers and artists who want to keep exploring, learning and growing

Samantha Clark Creative Coach

Welcome to the Quiet Coach

Travelling at the gentle pace of the written word, I offer a space for deep reflection and supportive feedback on your creative work-in-progress.

If you need some structure, accountability and feedback to help you gain clarity on your creative work, get in touch. I’d love to be your creative penpal!

I have 30+ years of experience as a visual artist. I’m a published writer, an educator and an academic. I’ve taught in art schools and universities for more than 20 years at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Over that time it has been my privilege to work with literally hundreds of artists and writers. Many of them have gone on to build artistic careers that certainly eclipse my own. It gives me great joy to see their creative lives flourish.

Does your creative mind feel like it’s trapped inside a noisy, crowded train carriage? 

Are those big creative dreams of yours all shouting for attention at once?

Did you set off on your creative journey a while ago, but get diverted and stuck down a siding while time slips by?

Do you want to change direction and explore new areas but feel uncertain what line to take?

Are you feeling rushed, under pressure to ‘arrive’ and not enjoying the journey itself any more?

You’re not alone…

IT’S HARD TO HOLD SPACE FOR CREATIVE THOUGHT IN A NOISY, BUSY WORLD

The society we live in often doesn’t seem to value to work we do as artists and writers. It’s ill-paid, not taken seriously, considered a frippery, a middle-class indulgence. A hobby.

It’s not a hobby.

You know it’s not a hobby.

It’s VITAL.

But it’s slow work. To create something new takes deep reflection and careful thought.

It takes persistence, patience and perseverance.

All of  this goes against the grain of our extrovert, 24-7, busywork, full-volume culture.

This can mean:

  • You rush from one project to the next. It’s become like a hamster wheel. You need time to reflect, evaluate and try new things.
  • You struggle to carve out time for your creative project. It can feel self-indulgent to even want to.
  • You feel a lack of clarity and focus. You need time to think and a sounding board to test new ideas with.
  • You’ve been working on your own for a while now. You need someone to challenge and stretch you creatively.
  • You’ve lost momentum somehow and need accountability and structure to keep going.
  • But you know that taking time to reflect, create and hone your skills is the key to living a life of inner richness, clarity and calm, and that helps you show up as a positive presence in the world.

If this is you, I’d love to help.

Because creative work needs comradeship, not competition.

“I contacted Sam for coaching because I had reached an impasse with a book I’ve been working on for a while. The feedback I received has surpassed anything I’d imagined coaching could offer. Her reading of the work showed a deep perceptiveness, as well as invaluable knowledge and understanding of the written word and its potential. Sam’s insightful comments and suggestions offered me the solutions and inspiration I needed to proceed, and much more. If you are looking for someone who can offer guidance and inspiration, you won’t find anyone better than Sam. I consider myself very fortunate to have found her.”

Angie Athanassiades

Writer

As a practicing artist and educator with over 10 years experience, I am keen to keep developing and learning – however with a full timetable of teaching and exhibitions it can be hard to find the time for reflection. The coaching with Sam has not only given me some much-needed thinking space but she has also really helped me to reframe how real learning can happen and be built into my practice and I am excited to start implementing some of what we have discussed.

Kittie Jones

Visual Artist

THE quiet coach 6 month ‘Travel pass’

If you have a creative project that you could use a fresh set of eyes on, if you need some supported time to reflect on your practice, or want someone to challenge and stretch you creatively, I’d love to work with you.

If you’re an artist who wants to write, or you want to explore how to combine words and image in your practice, I’d love to help you with that.

This period of supported reflection can help you through the ‘messy middle’ of a specific creative project or to step back and reflect on your wider goals and motivations.

During our time together, each month you can send up to 25 images or 7000 words (creative, reflective or a mix of these) for detailed review and written feedback.

You’ll receive:

  • A ‘Setting Off’ reflective questionnaire to help you set clear goals for our time together and help me understand your aims
  • Each month you’ll receive detailed, personalised feedback and supportive critique on your work to help you identify next steps
  • Weekly ‘accountability’ email support to help keep you moving confidently towards achieving your goals
  • An ‘Onward Connections’ questionnaire to reflect and plan forwards
  • Option to continue with coaching

If you just want to explore something specific, or would prefer to dip in and out of coaching, a one-month option is also available.

 

Why use THE WRITTen word?

To be honest, I think we are all a bit ‘over’ Zoom now. It’s tiring!

Creative coaching through written correspondence offers a slower, more reflective pace.

It’s like taking your seat in the quiet coach, turning off your phone, setting your notebook on the table in front of you to gather your thoughts while the landscape glides by.

There’s time and peace on this written journey to think, plan and create.

It’s completely flexible and doesn’t need you to be ‘on form’ just at the time when you have a Zoom meeting booked. The act of writing in itself is clarifying. You can work at the times that suit you best – early morning, late at night, in quick bursts whenever you can manage. It also creates a written record of our correspondence that you can keep and refer back to whenever you need to.

My responses are tailor-made, just for you. In my creative coaching can draw on decades of experience in my own practice and my years of teaching. I can offer you links and further reading suggestions that I think will stimulate and inspire you. I will also give you detailed feedback on your own work, offer a structure to keep you going, and keep you accountable so you can achieve your creative goals.

If you’re an introvert like me, if you’re feeling self-conscious and under-confident about some new work, if your health or energy levels are unpredictable, or if you have busy, unpredictable schedule, written correspondence offers the perfect format for coaching.

 

“If you are a visual artist or writer and need first rate creative coaching look no further than Sam. She has the depth of experience, and the skill to support and stimulate your creativity; she can help you reflect constructively on your work, develop an existing project or consider a fresh start. Sam is a scholar within her areas of expertise, and in parallel her practical on-point advice is valuable and thought-provoking for those she works with.”

Mary Waltham

Visual Artist

“It’s been an absolute joy to work with Sam! Her thoughtful feedback and support has given me so much confidence and actionable ideas to help propel my project forward. I highly recommend.

Cami Flake

Photographer and Multimedia Storyteller

Find out more

If you’re stuck in the ‘messy middle’ of a creative project or a creative career, and need space to think I can help you plan your next steps.   Write to me. I’ll get back to you with more details and we can discuss how I can best support you.