“I found Sheryl Monks’ presentation on ‘Building Conflict in Writing’ beneficial in developing a complete and successful short story. Her explanation and analysis of the use of dialogue and foreshadowing should prove to be critical components of all the best fiction for writers at most any level of experience. As a poet, I found her presentation particularly helpful. Driving the short story with active verbs, symbolism, metaphor and imagery are all useful mechanisms for all writing genres. She is engaging and particularly gifted in drawing in participants to make everyone there feel valued and that they have credible opinions.” ~ Sam Barbee
“If you are a seasoned writer needing some inspiration and advice or if you are just starting out, you need to take one of Sheryl’s writing seminars. Sheryl provides a safe and hospitable enviroment where writers can share their work and learn more about the craft of writing. After one seminar with Sheryl, I decided to work with her on a one-on-one basis for some short stories that I am writing. Don’t wait; take one of her seminars soon!” ~ William C. Mills, author of A 30 Day Retreat: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Renewal (Paulist Press, 2010). Visit him online at www.williamcmills.com.
“I have never truly understood the short story until I took the workshop given by Sheryl Monks. It provided me with the information I needed to feel confident enough to try a short story. Thanks Sheryl.” ~ Sandy Thomas
“Hi, Sheryl. Just wanted to let you know how helpful your workshops have been in helping me to put the finishing touches on the short stories I have written in the last few months. The workshops gave me the confidence to enter a couple of major competitions, and I am now awaiting the results. Looking forward to attending more workshops in the near future.” ~ Hayden Johnson
“Sheryl’s ‘Building Conflict in Writing’ presentation came along for me at just the right time. It was what I needed to get me inspired and resume writing after a long hiatus. She clearly showed us how conflict is built strategically with dialog, characterization, and exposition. And the well-chosen sample story she analyzed with us showed how a skillful writer artfully balances all three elements to make an organic whole with a cathartic ending. I look forward to participating in more of her workshops!” ~ W.J. Golightly
“I am so grateful to have Sheryl as my own personal writing coach. Sending my work to her and receiving much needed critique and guidance has been invaluable. She not only points out your strengths but also walks you through your weaknesses. She gives plenty of honest feedback on how you can make your writing stand out even better. Her manner of coaching is non-intimidating and she has always made me feel like she’s right there in the struggle with the rest of us to string the words together. And I appreciate that openness and vulnerability in her.” — Kathy Mendenhall
“Sheryl is not only a gifted writer and teacher, I have found her gift of intuition to be invaluable. She has the uncanny ability to zero in on how to take the story you have in your heart and offer ways to construct that story into the powerful message you want to share. I highly recommend her for those who have a story to tell. Excellent coach!” — Karen Reynolds, author of the novel Tom Dooley: The Story Behind the Ballad. Visit her online at www.KarenWReynolds.com.
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