Read testimonials from participants who attended our workshop in the past months to years.
Lori Ann d.
When I made the decision to attend the women’s writing retreat in Italy, I lacked confidence, was fearful and questioned my value as a woman and most as a writer. I was immediately drawn to Allison by her genuine warmth, sincere interest in the heart of women and her ability to draw out potential and creativity. She gave me tasks that helped me map out what was keeping my artistic side blocked and gently broke through the fear that kept me from writing. Allison possesses a vulnerability, strength of character and sense of humor that makes her a perfect facilitator. This solo journey and being coached by Allison has brought me tremendous growth, confidence and a sense of purpose that has changed me forever.
Jess Lourey has been through a lot—and she’s completely upfront telling you about it. That authentic, honest and generous voice created a safe space where I could open up to the dignity and power of my own stories.
As a writing coach, Allison brings the ideal mix of practical guidance, cheerleader and coach! She helped me make sense of a complex story by providing a structure, created accountability to keep me going, and also provided great suggestions for getting around blocks. Her passion for writing, reading and publishing women’s stories is contagious and has set my brain on fire with ideas.
Jess Lourey is a rare double talent. She is an outstanding writer. Just as remarkable as her writing is Jess’ ability to teach writing to others. She clearly communicates the essence of good writing — whether it is giving a novice writer broad guidance on how to structure a novel or write sentences that grab the reader’s attention, or working with experienced writers on the fine art of wordsmithing to improve elements of pace, suspense or character development.
For Allison Quaid: I felt you taught me to trust my creative ‘self’ and instincts on a very deep level through your writing class prompts. I found it confidence boosting, heart-felt, creative, thought provoking and a real learning process shared in a public, but very safe place which was fun and created a great writers’ pool. Your calm, assuring way and non-judgemental manner really allowed me to further develop my creative side, listen to, and trust my instinct which is so important to me.
When I signed up for Jessica Lourey ’s fiction writing workshop, I was at a low point. I was stuck. I longed to write a novel, but I didn’t know where to begin. I didn’t think I had any stories worth telling. Jess helped me realize that I have a lifetime of experiences just waiting to be tapped into, a lifetime of stories, characters, settings and plot twists. Anyone can teach the mechanics of writing, but not anyone can inspire like Jess.
I found Allison’s feedback so encouraging and uplifting and appreciated the tips to go deeper into the character, the history, the sensorial impressions, and the emotions. She intuitively knows those vulnerable moments and is open for them. I liked that.