Writers’ Testimonials (For links to students’ published work, please go to “Teaching & Workshops”)

Laura Zinn Fromm is the consummate writing teacher. I took her first class knowing only that I had a story to tell, and she has turned me into a writer. It’s kind of scary when someone sees possibilities in you and helps you see them too, because then the real work starts. But Laura gives you the skills to write well and the courage to keep plowing ahead. And good ideas for pseudonyms.

Plus the classes are an oasis from the rest of the world. There, you’re defined by your writing. And you learn in so many ways: doing the reading assignments — an eclectic mix of established greats and the latest sensations; critiquing other students’ class submissions; class discussions; and, of course, writing. The other students are people you actually want to spend time with and who produce work that, sometimes, makes you say, “Wow. I want to write like that.” Classes get very real sometimes — like the time a discussion of a particularly moving submission left everyone in tears. I’ve come back again and again and always learned something new. Whether you’re a novice writer or just want to write better, take Laura’s class. Just don’t take my spot.

— Sharon Silver

Laura Zinn Fromm’s class, Writing Our Stories, is wonderful. Through assigned readings of great writers and Laura’s own expertise on producing beautiful prose, she motivates and inspires all of her students.

— Susan Berger Ellman

Before I took Laura Zinn Fromm’s Writing Our Stories, I had been wanting to write a novel and get published for several years. I was unsuccessful until I took the class. We read short stories or chapters from books to learn about the craft and mechanics of good writing. She gives us writing prompts to get our creativity out on the page. And most importantly, she gives valuable feedback in a supportive environment. I now have 2/3 of a novel written and have published several essays and short stories. Laura’s class is like getting your MFA in creative writing.

—Kristen Fealy

Laura Fromm has an incisive literary mind and has guided my writing gently and firmly with her uncanny ability to diagnose problems and encourage successes. My writing has found a secure home in her class.

–Valerie Fiegen

I have taken several courses with both Laura Fromm and Charles Salzberg. Without a doubt, the vital feedback I received from Laura and Charles, as well as from fellow writers, was invaluable to me. The sessions illuminated the nuances of effective prose, and this direct, analytical approach provided a tangible guideline for me to incorporate in my own writing and in my ability to appreciate, in greater depth, the subtleties that impact me as a reader.

— Paula Siegel