Creative Wordshop Testimonials

    Adults Workshops Testimonials:

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    Feb
    2016

    Margo Slaven

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    I started with the beginners’ class last year, and enjoyed it so much I’m now in my third term with The Creative Word Shop. Wendy James has been an inspiring teacher; she’s down to earth and always helpful. I started just for something to do – looking for a creative outlet. Now I’m starting to have confidence that I could write something people might actually enjoy reading, and that’s all because of Wendy and the great group of supportive students in the class. If you’ve ever wondered if you could write, I highly recommend taking a class with The Creative Word Shop to learn some skills, boost your confidence and get inspired!

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    Feb
    2016

    Ant Wood, author of Flamingo Charli

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    “The Advanced Novel Workshop really helped me to get valuable feedback on an early draft of my novel. I found workshopping in this environment allowed me to reflect on other participant’s input and how their suggestions may improve my work. Wendy’s practical advice was invaluable and will benefit my manuscript.”

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    Feb
    2016

    Jennifer Bulley

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    Writing was my secret and solitary passion. Secret, for fear that my efforts were truly rubbish, and solitary because isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?  Then I enrolled in a Creative Wordshop Beginners class and discovered an expansive and delightful world of reading and writing fun!  Under Wendy James’ expert guidance, and the constructive criticism of my fellow writers, I am becoming a more polished and productive story teller. As a bonus, I’m enjoying the process enormously and could possibly write a book about the dreaded Yellow Cards and their power to unlock creativity! Now in my third term, I’m thoroughly hooked.

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    Feb
    2016

    Susan Francis, writer and teacher

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    I look forward to the workshop every single week. My time is always spent valuably because the spirit of generosity demonstrated by my classmates means I walk away ready again to write, with fresh insights and a revitalised enthusiasm. Our class has developed into a place where we all respect each other’s work and opinion. And passionately enthuse about ‘voice’ or the use of ‘dialogue’. But no matter what the subject, the discussion improves all of our writing. It adds a confidence, I for one, did not have beforehand. Wendy’s practised and inclusive approach seals the deal.

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    Mar
    2016

    Shean Halley

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    I was a writing wasteland until I became a part of Wendy’s wicked, wonderful writers group.  Her down to earth, rich and rare personality, generosity of spirit, and fun loving nature make Thursday night classes the highlight of every week.  She creates warmth, trust and security for  writers to share their stories.  Her creative exercises challenge our inner minx, and methodology.  All you need to do is read one of her books to know you are in the presence of a master.  She is  the POW IN Tao! The cats MEOW!!! (author to be of Revenge of the Rogue Gypsy Gene’s or the  Yee Haw HA HA Lets Ride Cowgirl series)

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    Mar
    2016

    Wendy Gunthorpe on Wendy’s Advanced Class

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    “I’ve done a number of creative writing workshops, all different in the methods they use to coax, stimulate, encourage and shape into words, the stories inside us. Wendy’s class is one of the best. No other has offered such down-to-earth, supportive and informative experiences for me as a writer. Wendy steers the class in such a way that it brings out the best in everyone. She makes you want to tell your story, and that’s a pretty good place to start.” Wendy Gunthorpe, Cattleyard Promotions.  

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    Jul
    2016

    Christine Bruderlin

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    I thoroughly enjoyed the beginners writing course run by Ed Wright. In a supportive and relaxed atmosphere, I quickly learnt some basic building blocks of writing that years of reading about writing and personal dabbling hadn’t taught me. I am now more confident in working at my own writing.

    Kids Workshops Testimonials:

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    Oct
    2015

    Kate (Cooks Hill)

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    “I had fun at the writing workshop and it helped me get a better mark on my persuasive writing test.” 

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    Apr
    2016

    Sarah (Layla’s Mum), Ashtonfield

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    I liked the child contribution based learning, how engaged the kids were in the whole class and the easy introduction of learning to the class. Who’s Your (Super) Hero

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    Jun
    2016

    Barbara (Teah’s Mum) Kurri Kurri

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    Improvements, I’ll say – Teah got full marks for her exam short story, That course has been fantastic for her. Thanks so much (HSC Essay Writing Workshop)

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    Jul
    2016

    Kate (Newcastle)

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    “Kate loved the workshop on Tuesday. I will keep an eye out for other workshops next school hols. (Expeditions and Explorers)

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    Jan
    2017

    Darcy aged 10

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    “that was the funnest thing I’ve done all holidays!” Through the Magic Door with Jess Black

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    Feb
    2017

    Writing Club for Kids

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    Know a child who loves writing? We’re starting up a writing club for kids who do. It will be held monthly from 4.30pm-6.30pm. Kids will be able spark off their peers as well as learn a variety of techniques tailored for talented young writers. The first club for kids from 8-13 will be held on Friday 24 March. We’re also setting up a writing club for teenagers, time to be arranged. Let us know if you’re interested.

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    Mar
    2017

    Tighes Hill PS Creative Writing Workshops

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    We’re excited to announce that from Term 2 we’ll be offering Creative Writing workshops to the students of Tighes Hill Primary from 8am-9am Thursday mornings. Picking up from the excellent work of Unload we’ll be offering classes that allow students the chance to go wild with their imaginations at the same time as learning the craft of writing.

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    Aug
    2017

    HSC English Workshop Saturday 2 September, 1pm-6pm

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    Together with Chris Brown, English teacher at Warners Bay High School, we’ve got an excellent half-day workshop for those looking to brush up on their English before the big exam. It covers the following Module options as well as providing insights into how to approach the Creative Writing, Short Answers and unpacking the actual questions in the exam. 1. Module A: (comparative)Metropolis and 1984 2. Module B: (critical) Hamlet 3. Module C: (People and Politics) Reynolds, “Why Weren’t We Told” 4. Creative Writing  5. Short Answer and General Essay Writing The workshop will be held in our Hunter St Studio and the cost is $90

    Editing & Assessment Testimonials:

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    Oct
    2015

    Steve Cannane, Author of First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them

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    Ed is a fantastic editor. In editing my first book he straightened out my grammar and punctuation and provided constructive feedback on narrative and flow. He has a great ability to help put the writer in the shoes of the reader. Ed knows what to leave in and what to leave out. He even provided me with creative suggestions for chapter headings and book titles. I highly recommend him as an editor. Steve Cannane, Author of First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them.

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    Oct
    2015

    Ian Shadwell, author of Slush Pile

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    Ed understands literature.  His deep knowledge of story and the craft of writing allows him to communicate with the writer on a very practical level. I found his advice to be invaluable, helping me develop my manuscript in a way that honoured the potential of the story without ever misrepresenting my intentions as a writer. More particularly, he always had a solution for any given problem as well as knowing how to  best use that most important of tools, the delete button. But of all the many things which recommend him, perhaps the most important is that he brings a reader’s love to his work. His enthusiasm for the written word is inspiring.

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    Feb
    2016

    Ruth Myors, author of When the Lights Go Out

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    As a qualified editor as well as published author and writing lecturer Dr Ed Wright is well equipped to not only edit the written word but also to give helpful advice. I found him easy to relate to from the very first meeting. He is encouraging, insightful and empathetic. Although he gave constructive criticism I always came away from our time together believing he was positive about the potential of my book. I have followed all his suggestions and believe that my writing is better because of them.

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    Mar
    2016

    Monte Dwyer, author of The Egg Collector.

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    “It’s rare to find an editor with the eyes for the big picture and the glasses for the finish edit – Ed Wright is one such provider. He’ll improve your work by 10-20%.” Monte Dwyer – author and ex weatherman

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    Aug
    2018

    High Praise For Ed’s Editing from Miles Franklin and PM’s Literary Awards Shortlisted Author, Philip Salom

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    Ed Wright was the editor for my novel Waiting and he also read and advised, editorially, on my next novel in-progress, The Returns. Ed is a brilliant combination of sympathetic reader, insightful editorial eye and hard task-master. He is subtle but strong, he knows where to suggest, and where to insist, and the difference is crucial. [He gave me the criticism I needed to reduce my manuscript by 20,000 words – without alarming me, without losing anything essential – and thereby achieve the best possible structure and value of the novel. Ed saw how some characters were over-indulged and other under-done. This can unbalance any novel, but especially a novel like Waiting, where the narrator focalises so closely with allthe characters.] A fine and very well read editor like Ed knows the problems common to many novels but also how each manuscript is unique. The writer often becomes over-invested in the manuscript when all seems finally to be right. An editor must see through this illusion of the writer’s; a good editor knows the writer’s words are not sacrosanct. The editor must first see then show where the writing can be better, where it is loose, cliched, digressive, even well-written … but extraneous. The editor must do this without interrupting the writer’s essential vision. Ed Wright is this kind of editor. He knows what he is doing. He does it with flair and endless good humour. The above is the expected range of a fine editor. But Ed has shown extra talent and favour – he has added ideas for my writing which allowed me to both reduce the word-length and better integrate the characters with the narrative. He has suggested excellent plot shifts and narrative variations. He gave me new possibilities. This is special advice. It is generousadvice. Editors do not always behave so selflessly. I absolutely recommend him! CONTACT ED FOR TOP NOTCH EDITING AND MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICES.

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    Nov
    2018

    Great Manuscript Assessment Feedback – Contact Us for Editing and Assessment today

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    Ed was recommended to me by a writing tutor when I was at the crucial stage of a second draft, with no idea what step to take next. Ed delivered a thoughtful and detailed review of the manuscript, calling out key characterisation issues that I knew were there but was too close to the subject to see and address. Ed really understood the nature of the story I was trying to tell and was able to articulate it in a way I was struggling to. He reviewed plot, structure, the relationships between the characters and also offered advice on publishability.  I felt that he took the time to really understand and consider the story’s strengths and weaknesses. I would absolutely recommend Ed for writers stuck at a draft, or even part way through a draft, to help clarify the way forward and give you thoughtful and constructive feedback. Thanks Ed! – Jessica Mansour-Nahra