Accolades

Coaching & Editorial Services

“My deep and sincere thanks to you. You have helped me shape this story exactly the way I wanted it and more!  I am overjoyed.”

~ Julie Larade, author of Laura’s Story (Friesen Press)

“Jenna, you’re amazing at supporting writers.  Thank you so much!!!  I can’t believe it’s been a year – so much has grown and developed in that time.”

~ Maggie DiStasi, Career and Life Coach, Founder, Process-Based Living

“If it wasn’t for your encouragement, it [my novel] certainly wouldn’t be as far along as it is. So thank you for your support and honesty. I truly wouldn’t be able to do it without you. You’re an inspiration to me.”

~ Marianne Scott, author of Finding Ruby (Friesen Press)

“Wow, Jenna. Wow. The price of admission to this workshop is worth every sentence of your feedback. Your advice on pacing and flow hits the mark and the metaphor of a marathon really is perfect. Not just here, but in other feedback you really are teaching us as a class lessons that can be used in all our writing.”

~ Brian Liddy

“I feel so fortunate to have Jenna as a writing coach. Initially my son took private creative writing lessons with her and loved working with her. Jenna has her way of making one feel so at ease and comfortable that one feels adventurous and energized to write and to tell stories that would have kept untold. Before taking lessons from Jenna, I had started working as an academic, and writing had always been an essential part of my work. But the pressure to publish was so great that I felt so stiff and intimidated; the more stressed I got, the more fear I felt about writing. Jenna’s lessons on creative writing, on the surface, seemed to have nothing to do with academic writing, but I soon learned that they were more than pertinent to my work. It’s all about experimenting and having fun with words; it’s about taking on a certain authorship, having control, setting a certain mood, and showing a certain perspective to your reader. After taking some classes, I have found my relationship with words has changed drastically—I don’t fear about them as much and have learned to play with them for muse. I think the best thing Jenna has done is to help me find my inner child who is fearless in re-creating and improvising, knowing that it is in trying out comes my best work.”

~ Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau, Phd

Instruction

“Thanks, Jenna, thanks for your nurturing, thanks for your cold eye and tough love, thanks for your prodding, thanks for your teaching, and thanks for the articles, the quotes, the lists, and the links. Thanks for creating a workshop environment that is inclusive yet kept us from overly judgmental or cynical. Thanks for creating this forum created for sharing.”

~ Brian Liddy

“Thanks so much for your feedback and guidance throughout the course! I took the intro to writing through Humber with you three years ago and that’s what got me writing again after 20 years. Now I can’t stop so I’m very grateful!”

~ Allison Hall

“Thank you for all of your support. You have a wonderful way of challenging and inspiring us.”

~ Karen Alexander

“When you write, I hear you speak which means you have the ability to come alive on the page. How rare, how beautiful, how intimate.”

~ John Leavitt

“Thank you for a very stimulating course and some quite fascinating assignments, as well as your kind and supportive feedback.”

~Bruce Retallack

“Jenna, this was a very positive experience.  I thoroughly enjoyed all the learning and being stretched and challenged.”

~ Mary Hanley

“Jenna’s relaxed, humorous style of teaching put me instantly at ease. The classes are well thought out, each one building from the class before. Her feedback is smart, insightful, and considerate (although, god forbid, you use a cliché). This gave me the confidence to take risks with my writing that I never thought I could take. Her Intermediate Writing Workshop helped shaped the book I am working on now. Her sureness in my writing inspires me daily to be a better writer.”

~ Janet Hoy

“Just wanted to send you another big thanks for Saturday’s workshop. The women were thrilled with the session which I am sure you know because they didn’t want to leave!”

~ Michelle Rothstein, Associate Director, Breast Fest Film Festival