It is a wonderful thing when an author is so knowledgeable, approachable, and interested in teaching others, and does so in such an engaging way as to make his students look forward to class every week. Stephen succeeded on all fronts. His enthusiasm, experience, generosity and humor allowed me to connect with him and his lessons. I heartily recommend his class to anyone seriously interested in learning to write or improve their writing.
I really enjoyed Stephen's class and feel that I learned a great deal about the craft of writing. I relished the discussions, and his insights into honing the writing skills of the entire class.
I am 42 and I had never written anything or taken a writing course. I was TERRIFIED - which is an understatement - but Stephen helped ease all that and made everyone feel very welcome. His experience as a writer proved invaluable, and he knows which areas are troublesome for new writers. He helped me overcome a lot of obstacles.
Stephen was the consummate professional. He created a space in which good criticism and camaraderie could flourish, and I would readily sign up for another course.
Stephen made great observations and gave feedback, without ever being pushy or demanding. It was clear he cared about each student, and that he shared his experience and knowledge because of his enthusiasm for us to be our best. I adored this class, and Stephen, and I believe we all grew as writers. I hope to study with Stephen further.
I really enjoyed this class and it was very helpful and informative.
Stephen is an excellent teacher in that he accepts all students on their level, and works with them to improve their abilities by acknowledging their positive points, and tactfully suggesting improvement without belittling a writer's (at times) fragile esteem. I will take any and all classes given by Stephen whenever possible.
Stephen's course was a real eye-opener. It's a daunting subject for an older student who hasn't been in a classroom for a very long time, but he made all present - ranging in age from 18 to 79 - feel relaxed and confident. Comments on our work were concise and helpful, and I would definitely recommend Stephen's course to all.
I really had fun and learned a lot.
This workshop was exactly what I needed to start thinking like a writer again. Stephen's tips and short writing assignments were both accessible and manageable for writers of all skill levels (and varying degrees of employment!).
I loved the course! I learned so much. Stephen is an amazing writing instructor.
Stephen's workshop was invaluable to me. Stephen has a way of lifting you up without making you feel inadequate about your skills. I managed to find so many lessons in each task, and it really opened me up for HUGE improvements in my style and approach.
Stephen was an inspiring and appreciated teacher.
Stephen's class helped me to find my own voice, and also assisted me in reestablishing creative discipline through weekly assignments and constant encouragement. I would highly recommend the course to anyone - regardless of experience.
I really enjoyed Stephen's workshop. It was informative and well-structured. Overall, I found the class to be inspiring.
Stephen pointed out the things I was doing wrong and gave me specific advice on how to fix them. I am thrilled to see the improvement in my writing since this class!
Stephen's class was instrumental in teaching me how to improve my skills as a writer. I found each class both entertaining and informative. I recommend this class to any novice writers, especially sensitive ones, because Stephen has a knack for making even the worst writing sound - as he puts it - brilliant!
This was an excellent course, one of the best non-credit courses I have ever taken - and I have taken a lot of courses. The assignments were great and I came away wanting to write more.
After completing this course I not only feel like I've learned how to be a better technical writer, but I found my confidence, and most importantly, my passion. Stephen was informative and engaging. I walked out of that room every Tuesday feeling like I'd learned something.
Thoroughly enjoyed Stephen's course. It provided incentive to write, encouragement, constructive criticism, helpful pointers and camaraderie.
It was very exciting for me to move laterally from painting to writing, and I thank Stephen for having made it a comfortable, inviting and stimulating transition. He is a wonderful teacher.
This was an incredible class, and a pleasure to take, and Stephen's teaching style was wonderful. The quality of my writing coming out is much better than it was going in. Absolutely no regrets about taking this class; it went far beyond my hopes and expectations.
The class structure and Stephen's teaching were both excellent. It was a great experience and very helpful.
Stephen was encouraging to everyone's writing ability and level, which I felt help break any insecurities and set the tone for a supportive environment. I took this class to help spark my interest in creative writing again, and it gave me the encouragement and the push that I needed to do so. I would certainly recommend this course.
Stephen was a great facilitator and it was good value for the insight gained.
I found the course interesting, fun, useful and helpful. I feel it has improved my writing and I would certainly recommend it to other people. The class was well taught, well structured, and a very valuable experience.