Since you are like no other being created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.
-- Brenda Ueland
My guiding philosophy is based on the above: we all have a unique story to tell, and having the time and space and attention to tell it is a gift we can give one another.
Some kind words from current writing group members:
I write as an unpublished poet who has dabbled with poetry for many years. Before this I had never found a class with the rigor of analysis needed to help me improve my poetry. Thanks to Ann Quinn and my colleagues in this class I feel for the first time that I have taken a big step forward.
Ann is sensitive to the feelings of fledgling poets but doesn’t pull her punches. She has a forensic eye for detail and spells out, without a hint of scorn or dogmatism, just what works—and more importantly—doesn’t work in a poem.--John H.
Ann is an open-minded and thoughtful writer herself, and shares her love of the written word by building engaging prompts, new material, creative approaches and inclusive perspectives in her students. Her enthusiasm and encouragement has opened me up to new ideas and a variety of ways to approach poetry, non-fiction and fiction writing. She has a good sense of humor and clearly loves what she is doing! --Char
Ann leads her writers with the lightest touch. They do the work, but it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like love. --John P.