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Rebecca Laffar-Smith

Beautiful blessings, Barbara. :-) Perhaps one or two of your students would like to share their stories with your blog readers?


Rebecca - That's a great idea. I asked them if they'd like to do some posts - hope they do.

Kathy Sena

Barbara, thanks for sharing this. I do remember, when I was in a class of yours years ago, how generous the students were with each other, and how safe it felt, in that classroom, to share some pretty personal writing. You do a great job of creating that atmosphere.


Hi, Barbara. Thank you for a great four days. Now the hard part begins. I resist the suggestions wishing that my essay was finished and I could just send it into the world. But I know that the comments hit the proverbial nail on the head -- where I needed to tighten things up, and where I needed to give the reader more. I will keep you posted. Am on KCAL 9 at noon today on a story called a "Memory Valentine." Might repeat again at 2 pm and 4 pm. Hope that you read this and can catch it. Best, Loren Stephens


Barbara, you are a wonderful mediator. One of the biggest things I learned in your class was that there is an art to giving feedback, and not to rush in "where angels fear to tread"...these kinds of stories are sacred ground.

Thanks for being such a great teacher Barbara. You are helping to nurture and/or midwife more books and articles than you may ever know.


Kathy - I mentioned you in class this weekend when a student asked if I knew anyone who had ever been published in Newsweek's My Turn column. Told them about all your tries, and then getting one published -

Loren - I read this too late for your noon TV appearance. I'll try for 4:00 - Great having you in the Studio.

Sophia - thanks for the kind words.


Your posting motivated me. Two minutes ago, I hit the "send" button and sent that essay to the LA Times. Thanks to your workshop, I have ideas for several other essays brewing in my mind. You are a great motivator and cheerleader! I'm also enjoying "Writing Out the Storm," I'm only a few pages in but am going to try some of the exercises, especially, "I'm too young," and "what the doctor said." I'm also delighted to see many of my favorite books on your bedside reading. I haven't met many people who have read "Rowing Without Oars." I've met a kindred soul!


Cynthia - Bravo for sending your essay in! ROWING WITHOUT OARS is one of my favorite books - and sadly, not too many of us have read it. Let me know what happens with your essay.

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