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  • 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.

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    Anon

    L2 Student - Spring 23
  • 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.

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    Zoe

    Student - Spring 2023
  • 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.

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    Yasmine

    L1 Student - Spring 2023
  • 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.

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    C. L.

    L1 Student - Spring 2023
  • 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.

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    Steve W.

    L2 Student - Spring 23
  • 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.

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    S. P.

    L1 Student - Winter 23
  • 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.

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    Jacqueline

    Student - Winter 23
  • Well structured, informative, great exercises, useful discussions, great feedback...

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    Tracy R

    Student - Winter 23
  • 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... '

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    Anon

    Q1'23
  • 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.

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    Steve W.

    Q1'23
  • 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.

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    Student

    Q1-23
  • 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.

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    Student

    Q1'23

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