Bells and Whistles
I was on fire that day. Diana poured creative kerosene all over us and lit a match.
The writing exercise took me deeper than I thought I would go, and to places I didn't know I was going. It provided clarity and validation for the choices I have made. I really enjoyed the experiences both times and would definitely do it again. I enjoyed stretching myself in that way.
I attended two of Diana's writing workshops. Her exercises were fun and enlightening. I was surprised at the words that flowed out of me once I was given permission to let go. I also confronted some deep issues and it was very therapeutic to bring these to the surface. I enjoyed how Diana integrated visual arts with the writing. Diana led the group with great care and respect toward the students. I would highly recommend her to anyone, even non-writers. The writing exercises were helpful in opening up my creative side in general which can be applied to other creative endeavors outside of writing as well.
If you're in need of clear, thoughtful, experienced, and inspired guidance, you're in need of Diana Friedman. I sought her help in laying out the skeleton of my first novel. Her advice was sage: write and write and write; half will provide the structure of your story, the other half will end up on the cutting room floor. This unfroze me. I became less terrified of wrong turns and writing myself into corners. Now I just write and believe that the story will emerge. Thank you, Diana.