It's been a little more than a year since we started the Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions and it has been just as good as we had hoped it would be. Where else can you find workshop styled help with your poem, story, essay or novel from either a published author or editor at a publishing house, at rates of $20 per hour or lower, that you can participate in from your own home (or wherever you have access to your email account) and can begin a new session at ANY time? Nowhere.
Here are some things that happy customers said upon finishing up their session(s):"I can't say enough about how valuable this process has been for me—and will continue to be as I digest her comments and revise my story. Her insight, encouragement and suggestions are just what I needed. I will definitely participate in this program again in the future! Thanks so much for the opportunity."
—Jennifer Hollmeyer (regarding mentoring author, Katrina Denza)
"I am so glad you guys have this, I cannot tell you how pleased I am."
"I found the experience quite wonderful."
"Thank you so much for your time and for your words of encouragement. And thanks especially for being so straight with me—this is exactly the kind of tough coaching I need."
"Thanks so much for the in-depth critique . . . Also, I'm applying your no-holds barred editorial style to many of my other stories. I appreciate your time and insights."
"I wanted to let you and Michele Battiste know that your program through her guidance has been extremely useful for me. I had gotten to a point in my project at which I felt stuck, and I don't have an effective writers group here in Japan to help me. Michele's comments and critique reminded me of some long-standing tendencies that I had forgotten I need to avoid, and she also made some insightful points which were new ideas for me. Best of all, I am reinvigorated and working hard on the project again. Thank you so much for that."
"Thanks so much! Ah, these comments from Laura van den Berg are just what I needed. I can't wait to use this service again for another story."
"I was very impressed with DCWS services and would use them in the future."
"Thank you so much. I'm thrilled with my DCWS experience, and the level of thought and critique I received from Gabriel. Tremendously helpful, I will definitely do this again. Thank you to you & Dzanc & Gabriel!"
—Marie Gauthier (after working with Gabriel Welsch)
"I give this program all the credit for my having short stories finally accepted by lit mags. Best deal on the planet. Go for it."
--Jon R. Horton (via Facebook)
"Many thanks for sending this along. These comments are very helpful! Please let George know how much I appreciate his help -- what he gave me here is more than worth my $50!"
"This is great, Dan. It's exactly what I wanted. Matt really did a fantastic job of pointing out the story's weaknesses and also ways to fix them. The detailed feedback is invaluable to me. I'll probably start sending ALL my stories to DCWS, since this is the only way for me to get unbiased feedback right now."