Featured Students

Every month I feature a new piece by a student in one of my classes, workshops or retreats. I'm so proud of their work and love to share it in my newsletter, at facebook/thewritersjourney and here on Pinterest.
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"The First Time I Had Sex" - Eileene Tejada wrote this piece at last summers Commonweal Writers Retreat and she brought down the house reading it at the reading our final night. I was so delighted when she told me I could publish it for your reading pleasure!

"The First Time I Had Sex" - Eileene Tejada wrote this piece at last summers Commonweal Writers Retreat and she brought down the house reading it at the reading our final night. I was so delighted when she told me I could publish it for your reading pleasure!

Becky wrote this piece in response to a writing prompt I borrowed from Deena Metzger's excellent book Writing for Your Life. This was the version I gave in class: "Imagine that the dream police have come to wipe out your memory. Everything you do not write down in the next ten minutes will be lost to you. Everything you want to save, to remember, write it down now. Go, you have ten minutes."

Becky wrote this piece in response to a writing prompt I borrowed from Deena Metzger's excellent book Writing for Your Life. This was the version I gave in class: "Imagine that the dream police have come to wipe out your memory. Everything you do not write down in the next ten minutes will be lost to you. Everything you want to save, to remember, write it down now. Go, you have ten minutes."

Barbara Levitt is a member of the Friday morning feedback class and is working on two different projects: a semi-autobiographical novel about her life in South Africa, and a book called Whats Hot in Menopause? based on anthropological research about menopause in other cultures. This was her response to the prompt, How to Be a Writer.

Barbara Levitt is a member of the Friday morning feedback class and is working on two different projects: a semi-autobiographical novel about her life in South Africa, and a book called Whats Hot in Menopause? based on anthropological research about menopause in other cultures. This was her response to the prompt, How to Be a Writer.

Suzanne Kronisch is in the Thursday night feedback class and was also a participant in  the 2010-2011 Memory to Memoir Intensive. She wrote "Patience Feels Like This" at the Commonweal Writing Retreat of Your Dreams in Bolinas this past summer.  We all loved it because Suzanne so beautifully described something so many of us have in short supply. Personally, I felt like I was getting a tour of a foreign country.

Suzanne Kronisch is in the Thursday night feedback class and was also a participant in the 2010-2011 Memory to Memoir Intensive. She wrote "Patience Feels Like This" at the Commonweal Writing Retreat of Your Dreams in Bolinas this past summer. We all loved it because Suzanne so beautifully described something so many of us have in short supply. Personally, I felt like I was getting a tour of a foreign country.

Wendy Ledger is a student in the Tuesday evening writing practice class. When I heard her read this piece in class, I immediately asked her if I could publish it because it demonstrates so clearly how much criticism can shut a writer down--and how encouragement can buoy that writers to continue studying her craft, and most importantly, writing.

Wendy Ledger is a student in the Tuesday evening writing practice class. When I heard her read this piece in class, I immediately asked her if I could publish it because it demonstrates so clearly how much criticism can shut a writer down--and how encouragement can buoy that writers to continue studying her craft, and most importantly, writing.

Simi Monheit discovered my writing workshops through the internet and has participated in both the Wednesday and Friday classes, where she frequently writes stories about growing up in Brooklyn in her very distinctive Brooklyn voice. This piece was written in response to the prompt, "How to Create a Room of your Own."

Simi Monheit discovered my writing workshops through the internet and has participated in both the Wednesday and Friday classes, where she frequently writes stories about growing up in Brooklyn in her very distinctive Brooklyn voice. This piece was written in response to the prompt, "How to Create a Room of your Own."

How To Survive A Cancer Diagnosis: I first met Caroline because she was my cancer mentor when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer almost six year ago. Her incredible grace and compassion and wisdom were great stabilizing forces for me at the beginning of my cancer journey. When she brought this piece to class, I knew I had to publish it. I hope you will spread it far and wide. #cancer #breastcancer

How To Survive A Cancer Diagnosis: I first met Caroline because she was my cancer mentor when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer almost six year ago. Her incredible grace and compassion and wisdom were great stabilizing forces for me at the beginning of my cancer journey. When she brought this piece to class, I knew I had to publish it. I hope you will spread it far and wide. #cancer #breastcancer

Enid Brock is a long-term member of the Friday morning feedback group. She has been writing, most often about food, since 2008.  She wrote this piece in response to the prompt, Tell me about the small, everyday things you love, just a few weeks before her doctor ordered her onto a gluten-free diet. Now Enid spends most of her time googling searches like xanthan gum chocolate cake and tequila gluten free. It has been 8 days since she ate cinnamon toast. #writing

Enid Brock is a long-term member of the Friday morning feedback group. She has been writing, most often about food, since 2008. She wrote this piece in response to the prompt, Tell me about the small, everyday things you love, just a few weeks before her doctor ordered her onto a gluten-free diet. Now Enid spends most of her time googling searches like xanthan gum chocolate cake and tequila gluten free. It has been 8 days since she ate cinnamon toast. #writing

Meredith Born always longed to write, and journaled daily for 13 years before taking Laura's Memory to Memoir workshop at a local bookstore last spring. Then she won six weeks of writing classes from Laura and has been hooked ever since. She wrote this piece in response to a writing prompt to list ways of saying no. Through this exercise she learned, once again, that saying no frees her to make an authentic choice--the only kind that matter.

Meredith Born always longed to write, and journaled daily for 13 years before taking Laura's Memory to Memoir workshop at a local bookstore last spring. Then she won six weeks of writing classes from Laura and has been hooked ever since. She wrote this piece in response to a writing prompt to list ways of saying no. Through this exercise she learned, once again, that saying no frees her to make an authentic choice--the only kind that matter.

Nancy Hofmann is a member of the Wednesday morning writing practice group. She often writes in the early morning hours when the house is quiet and the day is new. Her writing has moved from focusing on poetry to gliding easily into prose. Here is one of her recent pieces in response to the prompt, "Tell me about an object that you associate with another person.”

Nancy Hofmann is a member of the Wednesday morning writing practice group. She often writes in the early morning hours when the house is quiet and the day is new. Her writing has moved from focusing on poetry to gliding easily into prose. Here is one of her recent pieces in response to the prompt, "Tell me about an object that you associate with another person.”

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