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Jenny R

I just taught my first writing class this fall and I used your style as my guide. You are a gifted teacher who can find that perfect balance between encouragement and insight to improve the writing. I felt so blessed with such a great group of students too (and told them all to travel to LA for one of your workshops). Anyway, thanks for your help.

Denise Emanuel Clemen

It's you, Barbara. It starts with you. You put out the positive and the constructive vibe and it all comes back.
I can't wait to take one of your classes again.

Cindy DeNeve

I'm thrilled to be in your class, Barbara. I've actually been reading your blog for over 2 years now. And with everything I've been through the past year, I've been wanting to take another writing class. I saw the catalog, saw the title of the class, saw who was teaching it and felt like it was dropped from heaven just for me.
Though it's hard to share some of the stuff I'm writing, I feel totally at ease with the others in the class and feel completely safe revealing myself there.
I'll see you on Tuesday.
xo Cindy


Thank you for the info, Barbara!
A few of my friends and I have begun a writing group, where we would each week choose a theme and freewrite for about a half hour. Next, we would read aloud to each other what we have written, whether it's a narrative, poem, or a short piece of fiction. We would have fun within the group and help each other out when one get stuck bringing forth an idea he or she wanted to get across.


Jenny - Thank you, thank you. See you in Arrowhead weekend after next.
Denise -I just read your beautiful piece in Mom Egg. Made me cry.(and read your photo exercise from C & C last week to my class.)
Cindy - I'm so glad you feel safe in class. And glad that you're in that class!
Sharon - Your group sounds terrific.


Thank you for the beautiful quotes. I miss taking your class so much these days and can't wait to do so, again. You're such an inspiration --

Loren Stephens

You are my guru, Barbara. I just finished a class on "memoir writing" for the Bowers Museum and they have asked me back for four more classes. I guess after attending so many of your inspirational workshops, something must have seeped in. I recommend your books, along with Natalie Goldberg's CD Old Friends from Far Away as the two must haves. And yes, I totally agree that smarmy people do not make good writing partners. We do enough damage to our egos without having a chorus of naysayers at our backs. Am on page 82 of my novel and counting. Hope to have it finished -- first draft by the end of the year. Would never have happened without you. Hugs, Loren


Elizabeth - Congratulations again for you piece in the Mother Egg!

Loren - Page 82! Wow. And glad your class went well.


Hi Barbara,
I recommended a friend to your class last Saturday and she called the day after to tell me how much she enjoyed it. So you have made another fan! I wish I could take another class or workshop with you (maybe next year)? In the meantime, I am inspired by our lovely writer's group who met in your Writer's Studio. You continue to motivate us! Kudos to you...


Cynthia - So good to hear from you. How's the memoir going?


I just spent the last 2 months trying to clear out my Dad's house in another state--he died in Feb. at the age of 93. I am not close enough to take one of your classes, but I would love to take both of the ones you mention above. Those would combine well, for me. I tell you, going through all that stuff that I remembered from my childhood put me right back in the thick of all those old issues.


Confidence means acting with faith. We do what we do well when plauesre, accolades, and affirmations encourage us. What we do well comes from our sense of self, our gifts, and belief that what we do and the way we do it matters. Confidence begins when parents nurture us to take chances. What works and feels right is where we belong. When research, thinking, and writing bring joy, even pleasing laughter to your heart, you've got the first steps to acting with faith..-= Ray Randall s last blog .. =-.


Hi,I like this article but..last night i went to the mindgiht premiere of harry potter and the half blood prince! I was honestly so disappointed! was it just me or did it seem very choppy and for some reason didn't feel like it was a harry potter movie. Don't get me wrong some of the parts in it were either really funny or somewhat scary but i really was not satisfied. I don't know, what did you think?? Am i wrong? Give me your opinions..

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