What others say:
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.
I really liked the variety of examples and exercises. It helped me get more creative and explore ideas, styles and concepts that I had never considered before.
I thought it was beautifully put together. The exercises could be very playful which had a positive affect of my writing. I lost assumptions about how I should write or sound and just wrote! It was liberating. But the highlight of each class was the readings and their analysis. After each reading we would discuss the texts in depth guided by the teacher. In these 8 weeks I have been introduced to new writers and have started to read more like a writer. This, for me, is the most valuable awareness I have gained since doing the course.
I liked the structure and use of technique. I've taken other writing courses and it was sort of anything goes, and I like with IWC how we looked at specific elements of crafts and tried to use them in our weekly exercise.
I loved this course! I loved the material, the approach, the exercises. It was great discovering new authors and techniques. The atmosphere was nice and it was comforting to know that it was a safe place to share our writing.
The workshops are the real thing and definitely help whether you want to get better or simply learn how to write.
I love reading and I wish I could write, it is my old "dream" which I could never cultivate because of all other life's priorities, this course gave me the possibility to try to achieve it, no pressure, no stress, just a way to touch it.
Simply one of the best things I have ever spent money on or done for myself, thank you!
This class has only made me love writing even more. It has helped me want to focus more on writing and now I want to see where and how I can use it in a future career.