testimonials

on Anne's Writing workshops:

“Anne is the kind of person who's presence inspires a feeling of belonging and safety. I did some of my best writing while participating in her classes. She somehow managed to pull the important stories out of me, and then inspired me to do the work of turning them into pieces of writing I was proud of.” - Margie Schubert

 

"You have an incredible ability to honor each person's experience and comments AND keep discussions respectful and in balance. You have a gift, and I'm glad I got to witness & benefit from it." - Jill Rivera Greene

"I appreciate the supportive, safe atmosphere you created and... most of all your vulnerability and generosity of spirit." - Dana Gaskin Wenig

 

"You actively create trust in your workshops. I have felt like I wanted to share which is a leap for me. I loved the prompts." - Ginny Banks

 

 "Anne is both an encouraging and an honest teacher; you take away from her class not only loads of ideas about your own work, but about the craft of writing in general." – Josh Parish

 

"I really appreciated the readings-- very nice selection covering many angles of content and craft, and inspiring my writing."- Pennie O'Grady

 

“Anne's method is deep and personal. She encouraged me to go to the sacred places where my writing was hiding."- Patty Kinney

 

“I appreciated your ability to listen with care for what was behind the words on the page.” - Jeanne Lohmann

 

On Working with Anne as a writing mentor/Editor:

 

“If you want someone to dot your I's and cross your T's, hire a proofreader. If you want someone to take you deeper into your own work -- so you know where it sings, where it wants more from you, and why any of your words matter, work with Anne.” - Shelley Kirk-Rudeen

“Anne’s feedback is timely and extensive. Her suggestions are always gentle, astute, thoughtful and thought provoking. ” – Eileen McGorry

"Working with Anne was a tremendous gift. She skillfully stepped into one of the most intimate moments of my life and held it with tenderness and integrity. Anne's insight offered me the opportunity to try on new perspectives that I may not have seen without her help. She was a sounding board-- a mirror to reflect my own thoughts, feelings and words so I could go deeper." -- Stacy Scheel Hirsch, founder of Life takes practice

“Anne has skillfully guided me in creating a stronger and more succinct voice, while generously providing me with useful feedback and commentary.” – Darcie Richardson

"Anne read through two early drafts of the book. She gave me more ideas than I can ever thank her for. She asked more questions than I thought I could answer. My prose was much improved by her suggestions." -- LLyn De Danaan, Author of Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay

“Working with Anne has broadened my willingness to uncover my past and learn from it through the written word... My writing is getting stronger and deeper and now holds more meaning.” – Karen Skelton

"with Anne's support and encouragement I produced more writing than I have in years, and wrote with more self-confidence than I ever have. Anne is a great critic: thorough and perceptive. She pays attention to the bones, muscles and heart, as well as to the skin and surface of a piece of writing. Her comments and criticism are always to the point. Most importantly, her critiques do not come from “on high,” but are collegial and celebratory. As a fellow writer, she celebrates the courage it takes to sit before a blank page and write as well and as honestly as one can.”   - Keith Eisner