is extremely knowledgeable and big-hearted. She offered just
the right balance of information and encouragement. I definitely
hope to work with her again. This week, schmaltzy as it may
sound, has changed my life in just the way I've needed for many
many years. I feel inspired and am at last prepared to take
myself seriously (with a lot of laughter!) - which was gloriously
abundant in our group -- as a writer, a teller of stories."
an excellent job of creating a comfort level for all. Even though
we were all writers at different stages, she managed to keep
most of us close and on track. I loved her no judgment approach,
her welcome smile and attitude and the organization of the class.
She involved everyone and really had a knack to make the group
cohesive and together."
workshop/course I ever attended and believe me, I've seen a
knowledge of subject area; excellent control of group; great
empathy for difficult disclosures; honest feedback - astute;
excellent helpful hand-outs; I feel like I'm getting help from
a master writer."
the first writing teacher I have ever had, but I can see she
has set a standard that will be hard for others to meet. Her
encouragement, enthusiasm for this topic, and her excellent
teaching skills made this week a real pleasure. She taught me
the basic skills I need, but also expanded my thinking about
the validity of my own work."
was wonderful for me because I focused on what I wanted to do
under the expert guidance of an excellent teacher. The make-up
of the class was diverse - positive people. I could readily
observe the progress all of us made as the week moved on. I
do not believe a better teacher could have been found for this
wonderful - well organized, and kept us on track - at the same
time responsive to the quirky direction our workshop needed
to go. Attentive to individuals, she has a great sense of humor.
Not shy at offering pointed, specific suggestions and is gentle
in offering them. She certainly spurred me on to write - and
I also learned good techniques for teaching writing - many good
ideas for reading, too."
Paulette very much. She asked questions that led me just where
I needed to go. Individual conference was very helpful - I would
have liked even longer for this individual help. I would have
liked even more class time - more time for class writing. The
exercises were very valuable. My writing has moved forward because
of this week at Split Rock."
great. She came well prepared. Her teaching had a nice pace
of materials/readings/time for writing. She had a great nurturing
did not expect this workshop to be as pivotal to my writing
as it became. It gave my writing direction, which it sorely
needed. Paulette is an intelligent, compassionate person who
is appropriately direct in making suggestions and recommendations
to participants. She was always right on. She kept the workshop
on track and accomplished what she said she was going to accomplish.
A very focused, intense workshop, great input from participants,
all held together by Paulette - superb."
"Paulette is an excellent instructor
- well-organized, welcoming, extremely competent, humorous,
gentle, manages her classroom exquisitely... Not only was it
important to her that we receive the assistance we needed for
this class, but that we see ourselves as writers in that we
put our immediate work into a larger context."
"Paulette is a wonderful teacher - patient,
informative, clear, articulate and helpful. She does a nice
job of balancing didactic information, stimulating discussion
and giving constructive feedback. She creates an atmosphere
where others feel their thoughts and opinions are heard and
"Paulette met and exceeded every
expectation I had of her as an instructor. She was kind, respectful
and gentle, but very much in control of the material and the
class... I saw amazing progress in everyone's work throughout