Testimonials


I had a life-transforming experience at your retreat. You are a fabulous teacher and a wonderful soul. You made us all feel special. You listened and critiqued with kindness and love in your heart. Serendipity was magical.
— Robin Winter, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico

You have the natural gift of a great teacher, always giving exactly the information we needed at the right moment in our progression as writers. Thank you for offering these workshops.
— Carol Sternkopf, The Story You Came To Tell, Bend, Oregon
Thank you a thousand times for the wonderful week of revival at Serendipity. I am forever grateful. I’d given up writing: it just wasn’t fun anymore. But now, now I want to get busy and write every day.
— Allene Niehaus, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
I have taken writing classes before. However, this one is far better than the others. The brainstorming techniques are especially useful. What I needed was a boost of confidence so that I could move forward after several years of medical treatments. I got that and truly appreciate it.
— Doris Brannan, St. Charles Cancer Center Class, Bend, Oregon
Ellie’s writing workshop was a really wonderful experience for me, especially given that I’m not a writer and I was more than a little intimidated about it before I got there. Now I”m so glad my friend Bo asked me to go with her.
— Ginger Hackett, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Your ability to connect with each person in class is inspiring. This is certainly a gift you possess. Your encouragement and suggestions...have motivated me to become a more complete and accomplished writer.
— Michael Reeves, The Story You Came To Tell, Christmas Valley, Oregon
Thank you for leading the writing workshop at St. Charles. The exercises and prompts did stimulate stories and ideas that I will hopefully explore on my own. The group felt very safe and also very focused on writing and expression.
— Kathy Goodlaw, St. Charles Cancer Center Class, Bend, Oregon
Thank you so much for your good words and analysis of my chapters and other material. All are strengthened through your excellent editing and writing suggestions.
— Elizabeth Cunningham, One-on-One, Joseph, Oregon
Thank you for such a terrific reading and workshop at the Oregon State Poetry Association Spring Conference. I wrote several pieces which I will continue to develop. Each exercise kept me focused and motivated. What a productive workshop.
— Liz Miller, Ashland, Oregon
The opportunity to participate in The Story You Came To Tell series was absolutely the best. The DEFEAT Cancer program has helped me bridge the gap from moving away from our longtime community just a year ago. Ellie gave me such consistent great encouragement I felt as though I’d been sprinkled with fairy dust!
— Lynn Bernard, St. Charles Cancer Center Class, Bend, Oregon

Thank you for the incredible weekend at the GR Ranch Manuscript Lab! I loved working with you and meeting the other writers.
— Pam Stevenson, High Desert Sojourn Manuscript Lab, Bend, Oregon

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