What others say:
Emanda was a delight. She knows her stuff and also has a wonderful sense of humour. Her feedback was thorough and thoughtful and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to guide me through the first steps of my creative writing journey.
Inge's approach is friendly, inviting, and open-minded which helps people get over hangups they may have about revealing themselves through writing.
The course was fun and it stimulated my desire to dig deeper and write with a different approach than I normally do. All the readings were dynamic.
I appreciated Emanda's approach to discussing our work. Every time it felt like I had learnt something, been pushed that bit further forward, and I never felt in the least discouraged or that I was attempting something beyond my abilities.
I really appreciated the enthusiasm and friendliness of our instructor. Always insightful, always funny and she kept the class rolling even when everyone went silent. I also very much enjoyed the selection of exercises and how they both offered examples of excellent storytelling and gave us a new approach and insight each time. My classmates were also very enthusiastic and kind, which added a great deal to my enjoyment and the positivity of the experience.
The atmosphere was very open and relaxed, conducive to good discussions. It was easy to ask questions and have creative conversations. I feel like there was at least one golden nuggets of info coming up each class, and I learned a lot. There was never a shortage of interesting discussions in the group, which was great! I enjoyed the material, there was a good variety. I was inspired to read more from some of the authors we covered.
Jennifer's approach was great. She communicated feedback very well and great critique and really helped those of us who were moving forward with pieces each week.
The course was great. The example pieces had variety and worked very well with the topics/styles discussed. The teacher created a great atmosphere, always checking in on our process and thoughts in writing the weekly assignments and giving great overall feedback.
I put down my writing for over a decade and am grateful for the open and encouraging environment of the Collective that got me back into it.
I found Jennifer's critiques immensely valuable. She is precise and specific in where the writing can be improved but at the same time hugely supportive and encouraging.
Emanda is great and I think that was a huge part of why I enjoyed the course. Her enthusiasm and engagement with students was very motivational for me.
This is still one of the highlights of my week. Time keeps on being a challenge (who said the pandemic would make us bored? ), but having this as my 'secret place', my stories to go back to, a little world that can be completely explained, is an inexhaustible source of joy.