Accolades

From Clients and Workshop Participants

“I’ve been to many workshops, some of them for a week at a time, and I wanted you to know I come away from your workshops and I am enthused and excited about craft all over again. You’re an excellent teacher and writer. It’s my pleasure to know you.” –Nancy Purcell

“You have taught me so much. I could list so many things like POV and staying in tense, how to read like a writer, how to avoid draggy flashbacks, layered descriptions, networking, listening more, clarity, obvious things that were not obvious to me then . . . There are more. Many more. You have been a great gift in my life.” —Michelle Fried

” I can personally attest to the excellence of Marjorie’s instruction. She is a perceptive and encouraging teacher with a mastery of her craft and an exceptional ability to help her students elevate the drama and distinctiveness of their stories.” — Brant Wansley

 “If I were clever with the technology, I would tie ribbons and bows all over this message, but all I can send is words.  When I finally had time to get out the critique you wrote for our meeting, digest it and study it with my notes, I was transported. In it I found a new package of tools to tackle my frustrated struggles. I know from my long years of teaching that the best present you ever get from a student is the words, ‘I get it.’  Well, I got it!”  —  Penny Cockrell

“I really enjoyed the class–the feedback was helpful and insightful, the range of class activities was interesting, and the location (the B & B) was charming.”—Dottie Horn

Wow, you are a FABULOUS EDITOR!   I am going to take a long time with all the fine details that need changing, but I really love your suggestions…not even done with the notes and know this is a long journey with more historical facts, times, etc. solidly rooted. This is going to be a great challenge.  You went more deeply than I could have imagined, yikes.  Anyway, I think this project will be a long haul, but I am so glad you were so thorough.  I’m impressed.”  –Alice Johnson

“Your commentary and feedback is AWESOME! Ths is exactly what  am looking for. I really want to continue with this.  Thank you so much for including me!”
– Laura

” I can personally attest to the excellence of Marjorie’s instruction.  She is a perceptive and encouraging teacher with a mastery of her craft and an exceptional ability to help her students elevate the drama and distinctiveness of their stories.” – Brant 

“This class is like rocket fuel for your writing life!” – Michele Tracy Berger

“Come with me to a writing class with Marjorie Hudson. She will help and guide you into the wonder world of your own thoughts, ideas, and feelings, a self-discovery.”– “Santa AL” Capehart

 Accolades from Colleagues

“Marjorie Hudson possess the instinct and intelligence required to reach a story’s best heart. I recommend her to any writer of serious work.”
 –Donna Gershten,  author of Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth, winner of Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize

“Hudson’s critiques have been insightful, upbeat and generous. What’s more, I leave our meetings feeling nourished and enthusiastic about my writing.”
--Laura Herbst, fiction writer

“Marjorie Hudson has been a true asset to me throughout my writing career.  She is a canny and thorough reader, a judicious and clearheaded editor, and an accomplished writer. She’s been my mentor from the early stages of my writing career to later successes with a Pushcart Prize winning essay and my memoir, RESCUING PATTY HEARST. She’s one of the best teachers and editors I know.” –Virginia Holman, Pushcart Prize-winning author of Rescuing Patty Hearst

 Accolades for Classroom Teaching

“Marjorie Hudson tells the truth about the process of writing and encourages other would-be writers by being so down to earth and candid about the joy and labor of her craft.”–Georgann Eubanks, Director, Duke Summer Writers Program

“Marjorie Hudson visited my seminar on family history at Duke, Memories of Home: Oral History Explorations of 20th Century American Families, and gave an inspiring talk about how she came to write her book, Searching for Virginia Dare: A Fool’s Quest. She connected her historical work with her own search for family, pinpointing the moments in her quest when her research overlapped with her own family issues. She gave a lively, informative presentation to an inquisitive group of  Duke juniors and seniors at a point in the semester when they were embarking on their own family oral history projects. I know she helped them see how historical research could help them illuminate their own family issues–she was personable and insightful and gave them a wonderful glimpse into what makes for a meaningful writing project.”–Spencie Love, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

“An engaging, intelligent class addressing how emotion works in one story. . . . Marjorie’s class was superb…A model class: thorough, perceptive, and interesting.” –Debra Spark, faculty, Warren Wilson College MFA program

” I want you to know that Currituck County High School was appreciative of your visit in August. It’s a rare opportunity to have a published author come and speak to students here; it was an invaluable experience for both students and teachers.” –Valerie A Person, CCHS English Department

“Marjorie Hudson is a delight to hear. She spins her tale in a leisurely but suspenseful manner. . .  Whether it was talking about what led to her research or the fascinating research itself, we were with her driving the back roads of North Carolina on the trail of Virginia Dare. . . A good talk inspires and this one made me want to get out there and scout the terrain myself.  So the following weekend off I went, Manteo bound, with her book on the seat beside me.”  – Christine Taylor 

 

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