Kind words from writers & past retreat attendees...
“I had the opportunity to hire the lovely Vanessa Carnevale to edit my novel, a contemporary romantic comedy, and I am grateful to have found her! I first ‘met’ Vanessa when I was a potential mentee with Pitchwars (a contest held on Twitter) a couple of years ago. She was one of the participating mentors and I received some invaluable feedback from her on my contemporary women’s fiction novel that helped strengthen plot points. So when it came time to edit my current WIP I knew who to contact. She helped tighten my romance novel by helping me see how introducing a supporting character sooner would create more tension for my MC. She also went over pacing and plot structure where there were problems. Thanks to her my beginning chapters zip along and are full of delicious tension. I’m very satisfied with her editing skills and feedback. As well, she’s quite professional and delivered in a timely manner. I felt more than welcome to ask her any questions needed, but I found I didn’t need to. Her notes were effective enough for me to understand problem areas or helpful suggestions that acted like a polish till the lines were gemstone. I highly recommend Vanessa and dream of attending one of her writing retreats.” -- BW, 2019
"Today I have taken the first step in writing a story that has been buzzing around in my head for the last few years. I've downloaded Scrivener, and can't wait to start writing and see where this story goes. Thank you to the lovely Vanessa Carnevale for reminding me to never give up on my writing dreams." - Andrea Tyrell, Homeopath
"The ombrophiliac in me just loves rereading this passage about summer rain in chapter three of my book. It was inspired by a writing prompt by Vanessa Carnevale. It was initially a bit of a struggle to get the passage I'd initially written to flow but Vanessa's writing tips and prompts helped me get in touch with the imagery I was trying to describe." -- Jodi Sky Rogers, Writer
"Recently, I’ve been using writing prompts to start my day. After my early morning rise to workout, I will sit down for ten minutes and free-write using a writing prompt. And I’ve been enjoying it so, so much!
I’ve been using Vanessa Carnevale’s Mindful Writing Prompts. Vanessa regularly posts writing prompts on her Instagram account and she also recently sent out her list of 100 mindful writing prompts to her subscribers.
Each morning I’ll sit down at the computer, open a new word document, read the day’s prompt, set the timer on my iphone and write. I’ve been amazed how easy the words have flowed. I consistently get over 500 words and it is a great way to use my imagination and also the depths of my inner thoughts to create something mindfully." -- Jodi Gibson (Visit Jodi's full blog post about How to Use Writing Prompts here)
"I was excited at the prospect of attending Vanessa Carnevale's Write With Presence workshop. I was not disappointed. Vanessa had carefully considered and planned every detail of the day; from the brilliant location of Carome Homestead, to the delicious morning tea and lunch, to the colourful flowers placed on the tables. Not to forget the actual workshop. Vanessa provided valuable meditations and prompts for writing, and write we did! Vanessa gave us confidence and reason to feel that we were writers and encouraged us through the process. We walked away at the end of the day with resources to help us continue our writing in our daily lives. It was a wonderful day of peaceful reflection, promise and camaraderie. Thank you Vanessa!" -- Cathie C