Summer, 2016

21st Annual West Chester University Poetry Conference June 8-11, 2016

My thanks to West Chester Poetry Conference student Ms. Kristin Shaw for her feedback on my three-day workshop titled, "If the Form Fits…"   The West Chester University Poetry Conference (WCUPC) is the nation's largest annual poetry conference. Kristin was this year’s Mike and Dianne Peich Scholarship winner.

I wanted to take a minute and thank you again for your generosity during the workshop and the one-on-one sessions. Your feedback was specific and practical. Your suggestions for further reading were helpful. The details of the workshop gave me a new way of thinking about writing poems and reading poems.

Summer, 2014

How to Schmooze Your Muse and Keep Her by Your Side
Writespace Workshop August 30, 2014

We "sold out" this workshop on the realities of writer's block - and had such fun learning craft secrets from each other.  Here is some of the kind feedback from the participants.

The entire workshop was “my favorite part” and I liked everything about the instructor’s teaching method.”

”Sarah is always well prepared, has an outline that keeps her on task, manages time well, encourages participation, offers information on resources.”

”The material presented was interesting and Sarah is so encouraging and open to questions and comments.”

”Although time limited our discussions, Sarah was prepared with references for additional information so we could explore topics further on our own time. She was prepared, structured, and included everyone in the discussions.”

”I enjoyed the writing prompt, the sharing of our work and the inspiration that was achieved by simply sharing where our strengths and weaknesses were.

What a great group of students I had at the Pima Writers' Workshop!  Here is some of their kind feedback.

Delightful, honest, sharing, informative. Wonderful, accessible personality with valuable insights graciously expressed.”

”Wonderful warmth and generosity of spirit. Engaged and passionate about the writing profession.”

”Sarah Cortez was the gem of the conference for me. Each day she was approachable, enthusiastic, and highly encouraging to every one of us at the conference…willing to share her own experiences and offer writing and career advice.