Students' Reflections On Emily's Coaching
I love that you get excited about our writing... Sara Healy
"I am pleased I sent my writing to you. I realize how really good you are as a writing mentor/coach. I love that you get excited about our writing and that you don't take it apart. You delight in our creativity, even when we're struggling. That's special, Emily. There aren't many people who do that. Thank you."
My fierce Inner Critic became an infinitesimal whisper... Bob Storms
"I began Emily's Mentoring Program with a massive case of writer's block and an unrelenting internal critic that became especially loud and harsh whenever I successfully wrote more than three pages. Emily, however, has a gift. She knows writers and she knows their inner critics.
It took several sessions of fits and starts but she eventually helped me see how I empowered a fierce inner critic. She showed me how to take the drama out of its voice and how to make it a small, infinitesimal whisper. I'm now four hundred pages into a rough draft because she also helped me find the courage to fall down the rabbit hole and to be nonchalant about the creative chaos that a rough draft entails. If you want to write, you need to talk to Emily."
The writing workshop is the most valuable experience of my adult life... Linda Rizzotto
"I started with Emily many years ago and when I reflect on where I started and where I am now I know that the journey I have taken with her is the most valuable experience of my adult life. Emily invited me into this place where I dare to peel away my defenses, a little at a time, until what is left is the core of what makes me me. It is alive, it throbs with passion and anger, it can feel sorrow and elation; it lives and breathes because it is me. And the only reason I know that this part of me exists is because Emily strengthened me to trust her, follow her down the path to my creativity and then she stood aside and let me try it on my own."
The angel, bright or dark, must be conjured before words can attach... Kurt Blankmeyer
"Emily's peculiar genius is helping fiction writers to find, feed, wrestle and live with their demons or muses. Where do my stories and characters come from, how do they take shape in me, how can I allow and at the same times manage, their release onto the unfriendly, staring page? These are the kinds of questions we tale tellers 'work on' at the 'work shops.' The angel, bright or dark, must be conjured before words can truly attach. "
Finding our way through the words waiting to come out on our pages... Susan Omilian
"I went through your critique of my novel last night. Excellent throughout! Amazing how you picked up the things I felt weren’t there, yet didn’t know why or what to do about them...You have been a great teacher and friend... I'm sure there are countless others like me too - who would be trapped in our own minds and our own darkness if you hadn't coaxed us, with your gentle approach, your sincere encouragement and your complete non-judgment of who we are—into finding our way through the words waiting to come out on our pages."
Thank you for the step into magic shadow world of me... Jen Simson
"Thank you for the step into magic shadow world of the me that can write about things she does not know she knows and then be amazed at all she can learn from herself. You are an outrageously generous person."
I am so encouraged by your encouragement... Kathy Kluge
"I am so encouraged by your encouragement. I've really broken through a lot of my blocks and have been writing furiously. Such energy-WOW!"
I had no idea such wonderful characters and stories were inside me... Chris Simon
"Working on my novel with Emily has been an amazing revelation. I had no idea such wonderful characters and stories were inside me. I invariably finish each phone session inspired and energized toward more and more writing. Emily deepens and widens my creativity and intensifies my connection to the muse."
"Emily has a unique gift of being able to listen for story, even over the telephone, and she has helped me develop characters and scenes that are rich with feeling and emotion. Working with her over the phone for the last three years has been the best thing I have done to improve my writing. We also laugh a lot!" ~ Susan Omilian, West Hartford, CT.