What others say:
The curriculum and the exercises were very well-designed. I felt I learnt a lot of new skills, writing dialogue being the most noteworthy. The writing forward exercises were a great opportunity to write a complete first draft.
The atmosphere is very welcoming, positive and encouraging, which makes it a lot less scary to share work with others and get feedback on it. It was interesting to hear how my pieces were interpreted and assess whether that is what I intended with it. The exercises also cover a good mix of different narrative techniques which really helps to try out different voices and see what works (and doesn't), and also find own preferences. I also appreciate that there's both poetry and prose in the course, I never thought I'd be drawn to writing poetry but after being exposed to it during the course I find I am both writing and reading more poetry.
I really appreciated the instructor's approach and her whole demeanor. She is straightforward, honest and grounding. She does not mince her words nor sugar coats though also gives highly constructive feedback. I am truly enjoying this experience and very grateful to have found your organization.
I liked that it was all different material again to what I did in the previous Level 1 course. It was really helpful to get feedback after practicing certain techniques and always found the class interesting and as if I am learning something now.
It's my third Collective course with a third teacher and they have all been 5-star experiences. I think I have progressed well in this latest course. I write and understand better. And it has influenced how I read. My next step is to spend some time practicing what I have learned.
I loved that we started with tone of voice and mood, and narrator styles. It was not at all what I expected and I think it just worked so well. I guess I was expecting more learning about narrative arcs or some such, but having gone through this course I really appreciate how foundational this is, and how playfully it introduces you to creative writing. I really liked the breadth of material we studied, how much we got out of that and the structure of having to write something every week.
Great, challenging material and very international group of students with diverse perspectives. I could always expect a thoughtful set of observations in terms of how my work aligned or did not align with the exercises.
Well structured, informative, great exercises, useful discussions, great feedback...
I think the course is well-structured and I liked the stories, the assignments and the other members. I highly valued the teacher (written) feedback as she also gave a comment or two on things that could have been developed more in another version. ie., 'if you have taken this idea further... '
The instructor was always engaging, considerate and interesting. Her feedback was exceptional especially the multiple open-ended suggestions for future development. I also appreciated the very helpful insights into storytelling and techniques to improve. This was my second level 1 and once again it all worked really well for me.
I like the variation in readings that we covered. From poetry to fiction and the range that was covered. I thought the exercises really honed into technique and the gave a good opportunity to use the new tools. Critiques were always thoughtful with aspects that were encouraged and aspects that needed work or where questions came up. I also really liked the process of giving and receiving feedback.
The challenging element was an important experience in this workshop. It was a journey that taught me so much about myself and I was looking forward to each session. The instructor's approach was very encouraging and I really liked how she gave feedback and brought ideas through and the group was great as well.