Testimonials About Bonnie's Workshops and Products
One of the most gratifying facets of sharing my creativity with others is when I receive completely unsolicited emails from people all over the world. Here's a sampling of some of my favorites:
Thanks a lot for the writing workshop. It was the best writing experience I have ever had in my life! I really liked the exercise where you made a word and used it in a story and ended the story with the last words of a famous person. That was spectacular!
My two friends who also went to the Conference are now swearing they are going to take your workshop next year. One said, "That's twice now that you've had such a good time in her workshop. Why don't I learn to check that box too?!" At any rate, I enjoy your workshops and besides the fun, I do learn a lot as well.
Love your book! I bought this via Writer's Digest and each night after work I do a 10 minute short story… and I love it. The book certainly helps to get the old creative juices flowing. I put a review concerning this book online.
I took your creative writing class at a Conference a few years back, and heard you speak at my Library. I have to thank you again for your book. My friend and I both have copies, and we've been doing a once-a-week writing exercise (at random) in addition to our usual writing. I've ended up with a handful of poems that are actually quite good, for which I felt the need to thank you.
I am a senior in high school. My Aunt gave me your book for Christmas. Since then it has been 91 days, I haven't missed a single prompt. Now I am absolutely, beyond a doubt, positive that I want to be a writer. I am at a very hectic time in my life as I begin to plan my future, and it has been refreshing to have something consistent that I can go to everyday to partake in something I love. Many people in our society don't generally receive thanks for their work. So thank you, and everyone that helped you, for giving me a truly inspirational and genuinely influential piece of work. It has been so amazing to have these prompts channel my creativity every day, and above all else it has expanded my horizons as a writer and made me excited about my future in writing. It has been a wonderful experience that has pushed my limits. Which is after all what life is about, pushing our limits. Thank you again.
In the past few days, my daughter has been stealing away, in her room, under her bed, and I have caught her..... writing! I just wanted to thank you for volunteering your time, taking the time to talk with us afterwards, and encouraging a young writer in a way that a mother cannot. I get a lot of, "Well, of course you think it's good, you're my mother". Also, my favorite, "You have to like it, you're my mother". Seeing her renewed interest in writing is so encouraging. Especially since young iconoclastic writers, like my daughter, do not receive encouragement through school. It has to come from elsewhere.
People commented after you left how much they really enjoyed the workshop. I know I did. It was fast-paced and fun, and got us all writing which is great! I'm sure our Club members will use the handout exercises (and your book) for inspiration and fun with their writing.
It was just delightful to spend time with you and to learn so much in a short time and to have so much fun doing it. I found it fascinating to observe how differently we all handled our writing exercises. If laughter is the best medicine, we are all in a state of excellent health! I can't thank you enough for your time, energy and ingenuity. This was a very special week in my life and getting to know our small group was a special blessing.
Thanks for helping to get the momentum flowing again. I thoroughly enjoyed your class. Thanks for the laughter as well. It's good when you can laugh at yourself. It helps to take the weight off.
Thank you for your book. I've been in a slump for about a year now and I thought all hope was lost, but then I found your book and I tried my first exercise yesterday. Now I have 5 pages of a random story. Thank you for helping me get out of my year long block.
I am in love with your book. I have had fun working in it by myself and I have had fun working in it with my boys (5 and 10). Thanks.
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your book. I have personally used it and after I had my literature and writing class do one exercise, my daughter hijacked my copy and will not share. She thinks it's fantastic too. She's a wonderful writer - 15 yrs. old. This is definitely one of the most unusual exercise books that I've encountered and I've seen quite a few because I like to have lots of inspirational material on hand for my students. I am so glad that you put this book together. Thanks!
I have had writers block my whole life! I want to write so bad. You inspired me this weekend!
Thanks again for the terrific workshop you gave at the Conference this weekend. It may be the best creativity workshop I've ever attended.
I just wanted to say that I have a creative writing professor who had me pick up your book last semester, and I love it. It is colorful and fun; and when I need that extra kick, it gives it to me. You are fabulous! Thank you for being a creative genius!!!
I picked up your book a few days ago and I am really enjoying it. I've always been a bit of a perfectionist and if I can't do something really well, then I don't want to do it at all, so starting big tasks has always been really hard for me. But your book is really awesome cause it just allows you to start small. When it's broken down one page at a time, strengthening my writing skills seems like a lot less daunting of a task. So I just wanted to write to you and tell you that I'm really enjoying it so far and to thank you for creating a book like this to really help people to get over their fears of writing and to just do it little by little.
I took your workshop last year and loved it. My, how it thoroughly stifled that little twerp editor on my shoulder! I've used your book off and on throughout the year to keep me going but there is nothing like your leadership and a like-minded band of merry would-be writers to stoke the creative fires.
I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve owned your book for 2 years, but just cracked it open this week! I’ve started doing the “Artist’s Way” and your book jumped into my hands as the perfect companion to juice things up! What a beautiful (and fun) book, and I just wanted to write and say thank you.
I am an 8th grade English teacher and I started using your Spinner last year and the kids loved it. I am going to start using it again with my kids tomorrow. The thing I like is when the students read their story and it is completely different than anyone in the class! Thanks a lot for your creativity.
About a year and a half ago I bought your book and fell in love with it. I tell all my writer friends they need to own it. I even linked to it on my website. Thanks for your hard work.
I am a writer who has published a few stories, but I know I am capable of so much more, if only I could get out of my own way. Today, I picked up a copy of your book. First of all, my copy happens to be autographed, so I feel like you have given me a personal message--"Write on!" But the best part is the boxes on each page that help writers to realize that we ALL struggle with confidence, procrastination, lack of time, distractions, etc. Whenever I am feeling uninspired, I will take out your book and remind myself that there are no excuses. Thank you.
I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes and mind. I'm dyslexic and have always been told I can't write or read. I started a blog to post my stories from your book. Thanks and God bless!
Just wanted to say thanks for making lunch much more productive. I have an hour-long lunch and nowhere good to escape to, so I would just sit and mess around online. Until I found your Story Spinner. Now I give it a spin after I eat each day and see where it takes me. I have been wanting to get back into writing, but am always stuck for ideas. This is a fantastic tool and I have recommended it to anyone I know with a creative (and some not so creative) brain in their body!!
Hi, I just recently bought a copy of your book, and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy using it. It is so much fun using the creative writing prompts every day for my free writing. I have another book with creative writing prompts, but your book is my favorite.
Thank you for helping me get on board with writing. It wasn't a coincidence that I found your web page the other night. I absolutely love it. I currently teach English as a second language to Latino students and have found many tips and ideas in your web pages that are going to help them develop their writing skills.
Thank you. My 11 year old has was given your book for a birthday gift last year and has worked halfway through it. He takes it everywhere. I'm getting the Spinner now for his next birthday. He loves to write and is hoping to go to a High School for creative writing.
Talk about a stimulus package. Your books and workshops are just right to get the stalled writer rolling and the motivated writer moving in new directions.
Hi! I just had to tell you that your book is my new favorite thing. I picked it up yesterday and I'm loving it! It's great to know I have something to look forward to every day for the next year. It's brilliant, and I thank you.
You are so creative - and generous with your talent. You warm my heart and make me smile. Thank you.
I'm 19 from Indonesia. I just found out that my dad bought your book for my mom's birthday. I opened it and I'm inspired to improve my English with this book! FYI: My dad passed away in June 2006 and luckily he bought this book for my mom's birthday on April 2006. Thank God that he bought this book before he died.
I recently purchased your book and I love it!! I am a high school English teacher and will incorporate some of your ideas into my classroom journaling routine.
Your book is a fantastic tool. I have been keeping it on my desk to jump-start my day. The book really is a fun, instant way to jigger the creative brain.
I am a life-long journaler and the team leader for a journal writing group. I wanted to share with you that I've chosen your book for my group. Each member is buying their own copy. Please let me know if you are ever in this area. We'd love to meet you in person.
I am a huge fan. I've been using your exercises with my creative writing classes for a couple years now. Every single one brims with creativity and allow students to experiment freely with their voice. I am writing to see if you would be interested in coming to speak to my creative writing classes. I know that it would be a valuable experience for my students to learn more about the writing process and fostering creativity.
After Day 2 of your book, I went to visit your site to find contact information and then tripped over your Story Spinner. Oh my, Bonnie, the blessings you are going to reap for coming up with that idea. Incredible! So, I spun it and after the first 10-minute exercise....I ended up writing more than 1,000 words on that story line alone.
Thank you, kindly, for putting together these ingenious exercises. I already feel joy again about writing. Your workbook makes the process fun!
I think I'm going to have to take a break! I'm only on page 19, and I have laughed myself silly!!! (Or am I "kept in stitches?") Thanks! Worth every penny!!!!!!!