Testimonials

Coaching

 

"I simply couldn't recommend a better writing coach. Elaine is such an enthusiastic supporter of my success. Her insights into my writing process have been life-changing and her superlative editing skills mean she always gets to the heart of what's working and what's not. And she's able to balance valuable critique with compassion and generosity so I never feel despondent."

Jane Pruitt, Client

 

 

"I’ve been working with Elaine for almost a year and throughout this time I've learned a tremendous amount about my writing style, and the craft and art of writing. Elaine's gentle approach is organic to my journey as a writer and artist. Her feedback, editing and critique is always spot on. Her coaching style is encouraging, thoughtful and motivating. I am more inspired and focused since I've had Elaine as a writing coach and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with her."

Sawson Jweinat, Client

 

 

Editing

 

"Elaine's input can reinvigorate a creative project. Her respect for the craft of writing shows in her critical feedback as well as in the care she takes to support the writer's vision." 

D.K. Watson, Client

 

 

"I simply can't imagine a better reader for my work. Elaine not only identified the problems with my book, but provided the wisdom, insight and support to help me fix them." 

Julie Smythe, Client

 

 

"Elaine took my novel, analyzed it within an inch of its life, and handed it back to me with clear direction on who to make it the best piece of fiction it could be. By the time she was done, she knew my characters and plot better than I did. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job of editing a novel-length work of fiction than Elaine. I heartily recommend her to anyone who wants to publich."

Eva Guralnik, Client

 

 

"Elaine went the extra mile in closely reviewing and editing our manuscript. She was friendly, easy to work with, and very generous with her time. She was also keenly perceptive and spot on with her observations and many helpful suggestions to improve our work. We appreciated her honest, positive, and encouraging approach, helping to identify weaknesses in the story and showing concrete ways to turn them into areas of strengths. We highly recommend Elaine to anyone who seriously wants to improve their craft as a writer."

David & Susan Wight, Clients

 

 

Teaching

 

“Elaine’s class was life-changing; it cracked me open and allowed me to find the courage to cultivate my own creative voice. Elaine is the kind of teacher who is a joyful mix of mentor, guide, and friend.”

Shelly Jackson, Student

 

 

"Elaine is one of the most encouraging and supportive writing instructors I’ve ever worked with. She forbids you to beat up on yourself and focuses instead on helping you set realistic goals so you can achieve your writing dreams. "

Stephanie Denman, Student

 

 

“Elaine has the innate ability to determine exactly what each student needs and when they need it. Because of her relentless enthusiasm and honest but supportive critiques, I was able to discover not only my own voice, but the richer experience of being part of the fiction writing community."

Rick Kelly, Student

 

 

“Elaine's enthusiastic approach to teaching offers encouragement to the beginner as well as to the more experienced writer. Her balanced appraisals of each writer’s offering inspires and informs not only through her thoughtful critique, her knowledge of the craft, but also her practical experience in the real world of publishing. I’ve learned to take myself seriously as a writer.”

Beth Hoge, Student

 

 

“I’ve worked with many writing teachers; Elaine Beale is one of the very best. As all good teachers do, she finds positive aspects of every piece, providing needed encouragement and the resolve to continue. But she doesn’t stop there. Elaine challenges her students to dig deeper, to ferret out the true meaning of the work. Along the way she reminds her students of techniques that help bring mediocre writing up to well-crafted, interesting prose. As well as working with her one-on-one, I’ve taken several classes with her. After her closing comments at the end of those classes, the entire room always breaks out into spontaneous applause. I can honestly say working with her has had a significant, positive impact on my writing and through it, my life.”

Michael McGreevy, Student

 

 

“Elaine is a superlative teacher whose sole agenda is to get you to write:  If you’re a beginner, she’ll show you how to get started. If you’re stuck, she’ll show you how to get unstuck. If you’ve got a completed draft, she’ll give you insightful and honest feedback. She does this all in a friendly, encouraging way. And when you read her marvelous novel, Another Life Altogether, you’ll see that she knows exactly what she’s talking about."

Brie Ducey, Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

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