"I have been trying to figure out why writing is such a glorious experience with you and such a disappointment for me with others. It has a great deal to do with you -- kindness, intelligence, compassion -- but I also knew it was something you knew about writing that others didn't. I came across a quote from Annie Dillard. It's the answer a teacher gave to a student who asked, "Do you think I could be a writer?" The answer was in the form of a question. "Well, do you like sentences?" That's the difference in your teaching technique. You ask us to look at the power of words in a sentence, not where the plot is going or how many beats there must be in a scene. That's why we gain confidence and listen to others and begin to have faith in our own writing. Thank you."
from Meta Pasternak, retired high school English teacher
long-time member of Elizabeth's monthly Sunday writing sessions called "First Words"
returning participant in Elizabeth's weeklong writing workshops in Montana and Martha's Vineyard