Michele, You have such a unique ability to see where I was coming from and know how to approach my works so I could learn. That is extraordinary attunement and provided me necessary trust in this process. That is more than a gift, it is a period of grace in my life that has opened a world of expression for me. How truly special a mentor you are.
Unsolicited Feedback from Writers Studio Students
I teach beginning fiction and poetry in the online program of The Writers Studio. These thank-you emails from my students should give you a sense of how I teach:
It never in my life occurred to me that I'd be doing anything like this, or how much I'd enjoy it. It's given structure to my life, and a purpose. Thanks to your guidance, gentle criticism and encouragement.
You read with such depth of understanding, and your comments are helpful, I think, to us all and not only to the person whose work you're addressing. If you're not a born teacher, then you're certainly an impressively well-made one!
Hey Michele, I actually got into the Squaw Valley's Writer's Workshop (applied three times before, if you can believe that!). Not only did you help me pick out the submissions, but you kept (and keep) challenging me as a writer, and hold me to a level of intellectual honesty that no writing teacher has ever done before.
This is the first time I have ever taken a writing class or let anyone else read my writing. I always imagined I would feel crushed if I exposed myself. But actually this class has made me feel so much more secure about my skills and it's been very liberating. I am trying to say thank you; you're a great teacher (kind, gentle, wise); I love your class.
Taking part in your class has made me aware of these essential elements of storytelling. They will stay with me whenever I read or write. Thank you for that. And for all your pearls of wisdom.
All the best,