What participants say about Camille’s workshops

“Camille’s workshop was the perfect first sentence to begin the story of my quest to be a writer.” James Christopoulos, Chicago, IL USA

“As a novice writer, I  felt sincerely acknowledged as a woman who has a story worth telling. It was Camille’s words, “I want to hear more,” which  moved me from ‘thinking about the possibility’ of being published to setting my first writing goals to this end.” Susan Prosser, Tulsa, Oklahoma

“Camille Cusumano’s 2-day writing workshop infused my writing practice with a much needed boost. In the workshop, I generated new material and breathed life into old work. Camille created and held the space for me to clarify and focus my writing for two days, allowing me to take a big step closer to my writing goals. And the one-on-one coaching sessions alone were priceless. I walked away from the workshop with a targeted list of targeted resources, valuable insights from a seasoned author and editor, a polished story, the best query letter I’ve ever written and a fistful of additional tools and tips for use in my writing practice. Camille’s teaching method is compassionate, supportive and focused. No matter where you are on your path as a writer, you will benefit greatly from taking Camille Cusumano’s writing workshop!” Katherina Audley, Portland, Oregon, January, 2010:

“Camille is an inspiring teacher, coach and cheerleader. I walked home after her 2-day writing workshop convinced that not only I can, but must write my story—maybe more than one.”
Peter Esser, Ph.D., Buenos Aires, January 2010

I have done my share of writing classes and workshops over the years and, most recently, started one-on-one consultations with Camille which have proven to be HUGELY beneficial. Camille treads tenderly on my art-side of writing, always encouraging and highlighting the good; then she fearlessly takes a surgeon’s scalpel to the craft-side of the writing and demonstrates and explains in great detail how to make the piece stronger and more compelling. At the end of the session, I am left with a polished piece of writing that is true to my story, but one that I also love reading again Life circumstance now puts us in different parts of the world, but thanks to internet and Skype, our consultations continue! I recommend Camille’s coaching/editing services highly Oga Cho, world citizen, March 2010

Camille’s 2-day workshop was exactly what I needed! I’ve been writing alone and in writing groups for years but have never felt any of my work was finished and ready to submit. Camille helped me get there. Her knowledge of the market, guidance in approaching editors and getting published, and her patient and focused editing of my work helped me rewrite with a clearer focus and feel confident that it’s ready. I’ve written my first query letter, and I’m excited about working on my many other pieces with the same vigor. I came away with a much better understanding of how publishing works, and a much greater confidence in my ability. Thank you, Camille! Angela McCallum, Buenos Aires, http://santelmoloft.com.

Testimonials from clients:

“When I first discovered that Camille was not only a writer, but an editor, I was excited.  My manuscript was in bad shape and I needed an experienced editor who also knew how to write well–the two don’t often go together.  When I received my manuscript back from Camille I was over the moon with delight.  She took my words, and turned them into metaphors, then made the whole thing hum.  My manuscript was once code blue…very, very, blue.  Now it has a healthy heart thanks to the genius of Camille Cusumano.”

—Ingrid Hart, journalist, author

“Camille is an awesome editor on small details and she can not only see the big picture but can articulate the complicated material I am working on with a brilliant viewpoint and wording.  She is warm, funny, incredibly reliable,  a fabulous communicator and grasps subtle details that bring additional power to her writing. I give Camille that highest rating possible.”

—Dr. Howard Teich, psychotherapist, author of Solar Light, Lunar Light, Perspectives in Human Consciousness (www.fisherkingpress.com)

“Camille is not only a skilled editor with an eye for the big picture but also a talented writer able to make any text, long or short, sparkle and sing.”

—Robert Levering, co-founder Great Place to Work, bestselling author of Great Place to Work and many other business books

“Camille’s memoir class was informative, supportive and encouraging. Her love and educated appreciation of good literature is contagious. I learned a lot and look forward to more.”

—Basya Petnick, oral history writer, author of many commissioned works

“Camille Cusumano’s memoir class was supportive, exciting and generative.  She put her energy into my work, focused my creativity and inspired me to take risks. Camille seems to attract dedicated writers who honor and teach each other.”

—Daniel Raskin, memoirist in progress