See what WritingStrides clients say about working with me.
My growth as a writer has been exponential while working with Alissa. She has such enthusiasm for the writing process and a real gift for encouraging writers. She’s taught me that there is more to the craft than just writing! I’ve learned confidence in setting my intentions and carrying them through.
Alissa has a talent for reading between the lines, and finding things in my writing that I may not be able to see. Her feedback is clear, direct, and always respectful. I’ve learned so much about my own writing process, what works and why it works. What to do when I get stuck and how to trust my instincts. Writing has become more about figuring things out then about knowing everything before I get to the page. It’s a discovery process, and I’m learning to trust that process, and in the meantime I’m writing more and enjoying it more than ever. --Karen C.
"The Clear Focused Writers Workshop brought me to the fulfillment of my dream of becoming a writer. In this workshop, Alissa called me to the page with her new perspective on the writing process, which was perfectly balanced with well-crafted worksheets, prompts and assignments. With her extraordinary vision of possibility and daily coaching, she guided me to make writing an integral part of my life. She expertly facilitates group discussion to create a forum of continuous support and encouragement for new and experienced writers. Her unique approach, the tools and support took me on a journey to the completion of a work. But it is Alissa’s uplifting belief in her writers that opened my mind to believe in myself. I am a writer!"
Alissa, always encouraging and upbeat, has a shown me how to make my characters live 'in the moment' and to discover my protagonist's real voice. Together Alissa and I slashed and burned extraneous stuff which didn't advance the plot, rather took the reader out of the story.
Having never worked with a professional editor before I don't know how to criticize Alissa's style of editing. What I do know is that with Alissa's guidance, I believe I have earned a Master's Degree of Fine Arts. Maybe just maybe, an agent with pick me up and help publish my book. Without Alissa I would be no nearer to my goal of publication that when I first put word to page on this story, more than thirty years ago.
“You have the gift of saying the right things, by paying close attention to what your client is saying, and of suggesting what might be the next helpful step(s)... Having a guide there who actually knows your work intimately is a rare circumstance. I’m grateful for it. ”
"You made my project a priority and while you may have had other projects you were working on I felt you gave mine your full attention. You were also very encouraging and your comments inspired me to dig back in and rewrite rewrite rewrite… I called it my “happiness project”. It was joyful and exhilarating for me to write."