What others say:
Jennifer is a wonderfully inclusive and honest teacher, giving equal parts praise and critique to everyone in a fair and friendly way. I really admired how she encouraged each of us and made herself available for any questions throughout the weeks.
Jennifer's style was always positive. She did a great job of critiquing everyone's work in a way that never felt negative and she was always clear on what areas worked and what areas could be improved. The relaxed atmosphere of the class allowed everyone to speak freely which I found really refreshing.
Jennifer is an incredible teacher, and her feedback was always incredibly well thought out and valuable. That would be the personal highlight for me, but I really think she did a great job all around and got the group excited and involved every week.
I thought Jennifer was great, very personable, approachable, helpful. She is knowledgeable and her critiques were always spot on.
Jennifer created a very safe space. In the past, I have never felt at ease with anyone reading my writing, but after the first class, I felt right at home.
"Interaction between fellow writers was a huge support. Teacher was supportive and promoted the right atmosphere. I learnt that writing is “only” 10% inspiration; the rest can be learnt!"
"It was a great start to serious writing for me. I learnt a lot about tone, mood and narrators and discovered new writers en poems. The deadline of delivering a piece once a week is a great one. Getting feedback on your piece and reading it together with the group was a great way of critiquing."
"Very positive experience, it was great to get me started again, learn more about the techniques/theories behind it, and to surprise myself (and be surprised by others) by the wonderful stories that we produced each week. Real treat!"
"First of all it helped me pick up a pen! And secondly, it provides a huge learning potential to be critiqued by others. There are always blind spots/ ego when you are reviewing your own writing. And also, the structured way of critiquing really helps you to look at someone's texts beyond nice or not nice, or, this is my taste, and this isn't. It can make you a better reader and writer."
"I had a great time. It was a wonderful experience, something that I always wanted to do but never found “time” (= balls haha) to do. I personally liked the exercises very much, the fact that they give you tools and techniques to find your own way and they were very diverse, covering different genres, etc. Because even if you need to “follow” a certain subject or style, the exercises are flexible enough to let you express your own ideas. I thought it was a great way to “find your own voice”, your writing style. It also made me more aware of writing techniques (I always read a lot and have my favorite authors/style but it’s good to know that it’s not only inspiration!)"
"Besides the constant push to write, what I find most useful about the workshop is writing very different assignments week by week, because it allows you to pick up on your writing strengths and style, really notice where you struggle and receive unbiased opinions/criticism."
"I would (and I have already) recommended the workshop to anyone interested in writing, may it be someone too shy to have even dared to try or someone who's already quite far into writing a longer piece. The teaching has always been very satisfactory. I like the fact that the groups are always small, and everybody, both students and teachers, takes the class and the work in it very seriously, while doing it out of sheer pleasure. This gives a very solid ground to the classes, where people go quite far and deep into their own writing and into sharing critiques and stories, but also constitute a fantastic community of passionate readers/writers brought together by one truly shared interest and who inspire each other by learning."