My experience with Writers At Work began with Terry Wolverton in 2003. It was not through a class but I had gone to Terry for help with a novel I was struggling with for several years before I met with her.
At our first session, after she had read it, she gave me the best piece of advice I could have received at the time, “This is going to take you a long time to complete as a novel.”
I didn’t believe her. I should have. I would have been kinder to myself if I had, not be in such a hurry to get it done. It is a complex story with complicated characters amidst a backdrop of 2 different countries and 2 different time periods.
But she also added at the end of our conversation, “You need to write this story.”
Since then I have been a participant in the workshop for writing the book-length work, which I returned to after having dropped out of writing and the class for a while. Today in 2017, I am still working on my novel but with feedback from Terry’s incredible insight and experience with what writers need to get their stories out in the world, along with critiques from a fantastic group of bright, intelligent writers I have met through W@W and with whom I am proud to be associated and some even friends, I am much, much closer to seeing my novel become a published reality.