What others say:
"I loved having the weekly chats to discuss each exercise. Even though we couldn't meet in person, I felt that the class was very engaged. As in previous classes, I learned many new skills. And I really feel like with the International Writers' Collective, there is a sense of community, and being part of a writing community that is supportive and constructive really helps one develop as a writer."
I'd say that the best part about the workshops is a) quality of the teachers (ability to explain, give examples, motivate), b) way of teaching - clear explanation, assignments discussed in a (diverse) group of people that all have the same objective - improve their skills, learn from each other and from constructive feedback of teachers, c) the quality of the exercises, and last but not least, it's interesting to meet all these "different" people that have at least one thing in common.
As a repeat student I just LOVE this course. The variety of material to study, the exercises to try and the feedback given by both students and teacher alike has been invaluable in giving me a much broader toolset for my writing and the confidence to try new techniques and angles. I've recommended the course to many friends and those who've taken it up have been similarly impressed.
“Being part of a community of writers has enriched my life beyond the actual workshops—I've made some great friends.”
"If you like reading you should absolutely take a workshop. They are insightful into the craft of writing and hugely stimulating. It changed my life in so many good ways..."
"I have been writing since I was seven years old. In a very real way it is my oldest companion, yet though I have tried at different periods of my life, I’ve never managed to give it a steady and credible role in my daily life and for the last decade or more I simply did not write. The workshops have changed all that. I am writing all the time now, and am more and more at ease in feeding my daily experience through the internal wordmill and into my notebook for later."
"The workshops really encouraged me to write – something I’ve been talking about for years but never had the time or confidence to pursue. I’ve absolutely loved it and plan to continue with it, I really think if I am going to make a go of writing these workshops will be what helps me to do that."
"I would wholeheartedly recommend this course - either the in person workshop or the online. I've put off taking these for years because there was always something more important...which, in my mind, already prevented me from justifying the time and expense. Putting aside that thought and actually doing something which I love to do, something which will help me achieve what I actually enjoy doing has been the best gift I could give myself. I don't even think of it as a gift anymore - this is just what I need."
Christina has a calming demeanor and approach to critiquing that makes you feel motivated to move your work forward. I learned a lot about tone and mood and how to critically examine a piece of writing in her introductory class. She helped me recognize my unique skills as a writer as well as the areas I need to focus on more.
Charles is a wonderful teacher. He has a great talent for welcoming the new or uncertain writer, and making him or her feel comfortable. Whether you're new to writing or have taken a long hiatus, Charles helps you ease into the process. I was really amazed at the progress we all made in just a few short weeks.
What I personally liked about Sandrine’s style is that it’s very positive and full of humor and the light atmosphere made possible sharing, exchange of thoughts and expression of emotions.
Sandrine’s style is very open and encouraging, pointing both what worked well and what less. The critique is very specific with concrete examples from the piece that helped to make the critique clear. It worked very well for me.