Testimonials

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“I just want to say how much I enjoyed your workshop yesterday [at the Sacramento Poetry Center Spring Conference 2015]. It was very helpful, and very fun. Your class on Mark Doty’s book, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, is one of the most engaging and enriching classes I’ve ever taken. And, by the way, a version of a poem I first wrote in that class was published this spring by Prairie Schooner. I need to thank you for your influence on that poem!” ~M. from Sacramento

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“Thanks for all your valuable help with everything during this workshop on submitting and publishing.  Your attention to an individual’s needs/problems is phenomenal! I admire your stamina and all you share. You are a wonderful teacher.  The best.  I am impressed that a writer cares so much about her writer friends/students!” ~Sondra

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“Kate’s ‘Super Excellent Beyond NaNoWriMo All Genres Writing Adventure,’ a.k.a. SEBNAGWA workshop completely changed my creative life. It forced me to confront some of the mental barriers that I had constructed around why I didn’t make my creative work a priority. The structure Kate provided gave me the accountability that I needed to finally make my own work a priority and, by creating a short and manageable time frame, it allowed me to establish new habits that I’m proud to say I am still practicing. Now, I write and work on one designated project every day for at least one hour before I do anything else, and I have never been more productive than I have been in the past year since taking Kate’s workshop.” ~Janna Maron, jannamarlies.com

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“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your workshop at the 2013 Sacramento Poetry Center Spring Conference. Through it, I believe I have finally found my prose ‘voice!’  I have never really been able to write that before, as I get too confused and wordy. During the seminar, I found that I was able to use my poetry writing experience together with some other things to come up with the right way to say things.  I also ordered those books and looked up the MFA program you recommended for me. Just thought I’d let you know how much I benefited from this.” ~Lynn

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“Intimate, practical, instructive, supportive, challenging, [and] fun describe my experiences of Kate’s workshops, but the best thing has been new and invigorating writing (and thinking) of my own. Kate’s workshops have a wonderful mix of stimulating reading, interesting discussions, and actual writing and response to that writing. She is both an authoritative writer of her own and a professional at facilitating workshop discussion.” ~Paco Marquez, Sacramento poet and NYU MFA student

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“The special workshop for Shut Up & Write!-Sacramento, on Juxtaposition and the Senses, was simply marvelous! Kate’s presentation was thought provoking and engaging. I’ve been writing using the AWA method for about 7 months now, and through the use of random prompts, I’ve uncovered a whole other writing side in me I never even knew existed! I left the workshop with a refurbished and refreshed writer’s toolbox and a few more writing doodads, gadgets, tips and tricks to boot! I can’t wait to see what unfolds next. Thank you SUandW, ThinkHouse Collective, and Kate Asche.” ~Lisa

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“I highly recommend Kate as a writing coach. I found her to be trustworthy, a good listener, focused on meeting my specific goals, and very professional. Although she was honest and direct, she also gave me valuable encouragement and much needed direction. I am excited to be starting 2014 with a clear plan for how to move ahead with several of my creative writing projects.” ~E. from Sacramento

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I really enjoy Kate’s classes, both the discussion and the prompts. She has a talent for bringing out the best in people and guiding deep discussions that I enjoy being a part of. And, as far as the writing, I feel some of my more creative writing has happened in her classes (she’s a muse). Kate has helped me to explore areas I might not have considered, and she’s open to receiving new and experimental works, an openness I find to be uncommon. And I enjoy that she participates in the class, too. I enjoy hearing her own writing, prose and poems, as well, and I think it makes the class a more relaxed atmosphere, in that we’re all working and learning together. ~Max

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“Kate’s depth and breadth of literary knowledge is spellbinding. That, on top of her gentle writing guidance, helped enrich my own writing. Kate has a unique ability to share her writing and literary expertise while inspiring her students to reach higher and write deeper. What we thought wasn’t possible in our own writing, she shows is possible by paying close attention to writers we admire and to the insightful teaching she provides.” ~Kathy Les

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“Kate Asche is an extremely talented writer who loves her craft, and fortunately for us, also loves teaching it to others.  I had the pleasure of participating in one of Kate’s writing groups last fall and enjoyed it immensely.  Each week we discussed a different aspect of writing and then wrote a piece relating to that week’s topic.  We then shared our work–if we chose to do so–with our fellow writers and gave feedback to one another.  Kate facilitated this process in a warm yet professional manner, and kept our comments focused on the topic at hand.  The feedback was always encouraging and supportive and Kate shared valuable insights with each of us, new writers and veterans alike.  She also shared her seemingly endless resources for everything writer-related.  Whether you are looking to improve your writing habits or publish a novel, Kate can provide you with the information you need, or tell you where to find it.  Her enthusiasm and infectious energy inspired all of us and we were sorry to see the workshop end.” ~Barbara Barnes

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“[Kate] related writing to other art forms in a way that made it visceral and connected not just with the intellect, but with the heart, so I know [her] advice will stick with people. Plus, [her] generous contribution to the handout will be shared with others (people told me they were going to show it around). People got a lot from what [she] said…they were energized and inspired. Thank you!” ~Joey Jones, commenting on the California Writers Club monthly luncheon presentation, March 2012; IdeaJones.com; Member, California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch
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“I have acquired both knowledge and confidence working with Kate and I feel far more confident as a writer because of it.  She has a marvelous way of creating a positive environment that encourages writers at any level to contribute their ideas as well as share their efforts. Of particular value to me though is the wealth of knowledge and wisdom she brings to the whole experience of writing in general.  Her background in poetry and prose and the wide range of literature she’s familiar with, not to mention the books about writing that she’s read and references, gives her an encyclopedic warehouse of knowledge to draw from.  I have truly looked forward to being in every class that I’ve attended […] and I can honestly say that I’ve never been disappointed.” ~Cliff Brackett
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“I thoroughly enjoyed taking a class with Kate Asche.  I was once told that you should never take a writing class or workshop from someone who isn’t an actual writer.  Not only was she a great facilitator, but she also participated in the exercises and shared her own writing.  It’s not always easy to share brand new writing, but Kate provides such a kind and gentle environment that you can’t help but want to share.  Kate provided fun and interesting writing prompts every week and I always looked forward to whatever surprise she had in store for us!  There is something really awesome about sitting in a room with other people who have a shared passion for writing, receiving some surprising prompt and listening to the sounds of everyone’s pens scribbling away while we let Kate’s prompt take us on an unexpected journey.  I love to write, but don’t always make the time to do so.  Kate’s class really inspired me to write more and be willing to play with what I write.  She encouraged us all to take some chances and I really appreciated that.  By the time the class was coming to an end, it felt like we had a new family and I didn’t want it to end.  I look forward to taking other workshops and classes with Kate as the facilitator in the future.” ~Cara Luck Mead