WRITING WORKSHOPS & PRIVATE COACHING
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As a guide, Tim establishes and maintains an environment that marries wild creativity with strategic organization. Anchoring the work in identifying and rigorously expanding the scope of each writer's unique strengths, he encourages bold engagement and a collective sense of purpose. The critical engagement I received from every member of my cohort was an unexpected boon that enhanced the insights, resources, and bold challenges that Tim provided at every turn. By luring hard pragmatism and subtle poetics to the same dance floor, Tim has designed the ultimate mental disco where the concrete and the ineffable merge- not only within one's practice, but in the writing itself.
- S. DAWSON STEARNS
"Tim made me feel like I could actually be a writer. He is so insightful and constructive with his notes, it gets you excited to implement them in the next week's submission. Tim leads the group with authority, but with a gentle empathy that brings out the best in all the participants. He is such a careful reader and note taker that it feels like you have a writing partner helping you along. I would recommend his workshop to anyone who feels like they have something to write, you will progress more than you thought possible. Hell, I'm taking it again in a couple months!
- B. HENDERSON
"Tim´s writing workshop changed my life and my writing. His nurturing mentorship, his wide-ranging curiosity in story and literature, his inquisitive nature about where my story was going, all gave me both the confidence as well as a technique to finally finish the first draft of my novel. I was able to learn more in 8 weeks with him than I did in my previous years of online-workshops and self-study. Highly recommend this course, and being in the room (or the Zoom) with Tim. I´d study with him again in a heartbeat."
- B. McCALL
"I highly recommend that you take this workshop. Tim has a sensitivity, experience, and breadth of knowledge that makes him an incredibly effective teacher. His praise and critique are keenly perceptive. Writing is so personal, so difficult to share with others, and Tim makes you feel safe to be vulnerable and let the sincere and truthful work flow out of you. I’ve never had such a profound artistic experience. After eight weeks, I have the first eighty pages of my novel! Take the class! Write, write, write!"
- T. JENICH
"Tim Cummings empowers fellow writers. Wise, engaging, efficient, and sharp, Tim assists in constructing fresh writing with efficiency and expertise. His troubleshooting techniques, his leadership and ability to inspire, and his keen analysis help writers build on current practice when constructing and discussing their work. While attending Tim’s workshop, I wrote 60 pages of new fiction. Tim provided timely and targeted feedback and guided the group in their focused responses. Set in a cozy spot, Tim creates a safe space for learning and yes, laughing. Looking for a self-care gift? Tim’s writer’s workshop delivers."
- A. AUTEN
"If you are a writer, at any level of experience, I strongly recommend Tim Cummings workshop. Tim is a teacher and mentor who is devoted to seeing his students succeed and become better writers than when they first walked through his door. He has that magic touch of somehow critiquing your work while also making you feel like your work is amazing. Tim keeps his writing groups intimate as to ensure everyone gets a chance to work through their individual projects. His vocabulary and suggestions of reading material are inspiring and so helpful! I can’t wait to join the next session!"
- L. MOYER
"From the first week, Tim was an encouraging and understanding presence. The fears of being creatively vulnerable are quickly assuaged by the collaborative environment that Tim fosters. I felt my work had room to be raw, and new, and ugly, and that the atmosphere for critique was constructive, not debilitating. And Tim’s knowledge combines with a lifetime of actually living the “artist’s way,” endowing him with a myriad of helpful tactics, ranging from the spiritual to the practical. I spent 8 weeks getting better as a writer."
- J. HOLT
"Tim’s writing workshop is going to be a lot more than you bargained for. You might join to grow in your writing, but you leave with so much more than that. Tim has the ability to foster a genuine sense of community between the members of the group, allowing each writer to give meaningful feedback to one another, while he leads with experience, insight, and care. My personal growth has shocked me and was only possible because I was given a challenging yet loving space to explore, fail, and try again. Tim made writing fun and fulfilling again. This will be the best decision you have made in a long time, I know it was for me."
- J. HENRY
"Tim's writing workshop opened up my writing process and creativity in ways I could've never anticipated prior to joining. I found myself developing my voice on a deeper level, moving beyond my comfort zone, and ultimately expanding what I thought possible with my work through his encouragement, feedback, and guidance. He is perceptive and fosters a safe environment where participants are given space to be truly vulnerable in what they share. Plus, the accountability of having to submit each week and respond to others' work added a layer of much needed discipline to my own creative practice."
- K. STOCKBURGER
"This workshop jump-started my process and accelerated the writing of my book. Tim is a great workshop leader; his notes are on point, insightful, and detailed. Tim fosters a wonderful, collaborative atmosphere and it was worth
every damn penny."
- C. HINKLE
"Tim's workshop has completely changed my perspective on writing. Before I would not have credited myself as a creative person, but now I feel open to explore my creativity and free to express it! As a leader and teacher, Tim balances the perfect amount of focus and guidance for each member. The groups he curates are an incredible blend of talent to help anyone build their confidence and grow their voice in a safe and constructive space. I am so grateful to have been introduced to this workshop and even more grateful
to be a part of it!"
- A. CATANESE
"Tim led a group that inspired some of the best writing I've ever done. Until I worked in his writers' group, I wasn't sure that anyone cared to read my writing. Tim and my fellow writers gave me the gift of accountability, and in demonstrating their enthusiasm for my work, inspired me to dive deeper."
- A. BELKNAP
"I found my time in Tim’s workshop to be very worthwhile. He is a talented writer, story coach, and leader, and has so much support to give. The environment he fosters allows you to feel connected to the small group and your writing. I knew anything I shared would be honored, and that I would receive helpful feedback from him and from the other writers. The workshop boosted my confidence and allowed a lot of progress. I totally recommend it for people who are trying to develop their writing."
- T. KHOUGAZ
“Tim’s workshop is a heart opener! I loved being in the community, sharing my work, and getting so much feedback each week. I also thoroughly enjoyed reading all the other work of students in class and was constantly inspired by my peers. Tim is a wonderful person and his care and investment in each writer are palpable. 10/10 would recommend!”
- K. NEWBAUM
"I’ve done six—six!—workshop sessions with Tim now. The space Tim cultivates, the care with which he gives feedback and ushers work into the world is astounding and I find myself oozing with creative energy throughout the eight weeks and beyond. Through his workshop, I’ve met wonderful writers with whom I’ve maintained relationships and shared work and mused on the writing life. I cannot overstate the value of these workshops to both my creative and personal life. I would recommend them to any writer at any stage of their career."
- A. SIMAND