Simply Writing

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  • The first 15 minutes of the first day were eye-opening: I learned that having a-million-and-one fears does not make me less of a writer! For that alone, I owe you a big thank you!

    Emilie, April 9, 2017

  • “This course was the boost I needed to really get my literary juices flowing. In fact, I’ve continued writing the story I started during the weekend.

    I’d also like to add that the instructor’s enthusiasm is infectious: her energy throughout the two days was consistent. When asked to write a piece for the workshop overnight—something I hadn’t done for many years—I was so excited; the instructor’s enthusiasm for her subject had rubbed off on me a little.”

    JC, April 9, 2017

  • I feel so inspired and motivated to do more writing and exploration. I learned that the innate ability to write needs to be awakened and sharpened by constant practice.

    Dilfa, April 9, 2017

  • “What was the highlight of the two days? Only semi-jokingly (ah, the ego is a sensitive thing): somebody—in jest—commenting that my little piece was ‘perfect’!

    Mostly seriously: Feeling the confidence brought on by a workshop leader full of passion for the written word, steering a group with such professionalism and kindness. Sensing one is not alone in this battle to get words, thoughts, anything, really, on paper – but that there are methods to approach the monster, look it in the eye, and write on.

    I’m happy I finally got the chance to take this workshop. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of these classes in various settings and would recommend any and everyone to flock towards the Amsterdam Writing Workshops and the Institute for Business Writing and be taken under your Lisa’s wing.”

    Erwin, April 9, 2017

  • “I learned how important it is to look not only for critique but for what’s working in a piece (including mine). The highlight occurred at the end of the workshop, during the Q & A, when my concerns regarding “the problem” of lack of continuity were addressed directly, with professionalism and with care.”

    Łukasz, April 9, 2017

  • “What was the highlight of the two days? I can’t point out one particular thing—I would say experiencing the process together with the group. And a personal highlight: my first nonfiction piece! Another highlight: realizing you can write about anything, in any form.”

    Julie, April 9, 2017

  • “The instructor leads in a positive way. Not a single negative word, and when she is critical, again, she’s positive. Very constructive! The way she brings the group together is very beautiful.”

    Inge, April 9, 2017

  • “I now feel that over-planning or over-analysing contributes to paralysis in starting to write. Just start! I also learned that structuring my day will lead to starting, e.g., I have decided to start writing in the morning before leaving the house (getting up earlier).”

    JW, April 9, 2017