What others say:
"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.
Sandrine was very encouraging of every student, and very perceptive of respective strengths and weaknesses in each submission. I felt she gauged the standard of each participant well and accompanied their development in a supportive and constructive mode. Overall a very positive experience – thanks Sandrine!
Rebecca is the perfect teacher for complete beginners like me. She is kind but also fair in her critique. She gives real thought to what you have produced and highlights the best way to build it out, or points out where you have strayed from the brief.
I was always really impressed with Rebecca's feedback, so constructive and tangible, that you always went away knowing how to improve your work. She really encouraged everyone to share each week and made us feel comfortable critiquing each others' work. It was because of her encouragement that I really began to pursue poetry with more seriousness and develop my own style.
I was very impressed by Rebecca’s ability to nearly immediately pick up on the very subtle details of a piece and reflect back to the writer the things she felt were working well and the things that could be improved. In my experience she was very honest and sincere and also very respectful and appreciative, able to recognize that hard work was put into a piece even if it didn’t necessarily meet the guidelines of the exercise.
One of Christina’s strengths is her gentle yet direct way of giving feedback. I think she has a positive influence on the group just through who she is. I call that a state of ‘being'. Added to that her summarizations of what was said by members of the group plus her own interventions were always presented in a constructive and concise way. She has a nonintrusive yet firm way of guiding the sessions.
Christina has a way of saying that your exercise was successful that makes you feel really great. She always manages to find a specific part that worked well and critique you work in an elegant way. I felt grateful for her feedback. She is a good listener, has a positive attitude and sets the right atmosphere where people are ready to share and become inspired.
I am a fan of Christina’s style. In a beginning workshop, the right thing is to encourage, to be warm and humane, and to critique according to the objectives of the exercise. She unfailingly finds one or two salient bits that could use some working on, but she always leaves the writer feeling validated and worthy of carrying on for another week.