'If you are thinking of signing up, don’t think twice. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. Working with Louise gave me back my faith in myself as a writer. After six years of labouring on my book, I ended up with a first draft and a story that still blows my mind when I think about it. Louise is not only an expert on the craft of writing, she is also incredibly smart, witty, creative and an absolute joy to work with. Her feedback was honest, yet always supportive. She helped me see things in my story that I did not see myself, made me stay the course when I thought that I couldn’t, and challenged me to dare to trust my instincts and follow my writing where it led me. Kritikme is my favourite place on the internet, and I think it might become yours too.'
Anna Verena Brandt.
'With support, instruction, guides, inspiration, tips from famous writers, and no-nonsense love from Louise that pie-in-the-sky idea of writing a book can become reality.'
'After getting a publishing deal for my debut novel, I found myself feeling burnt out and uncertain which of my novel ideas to pursue next. I needed to shake my writing process up and put the fun and joy back into it. I needed to allow myself to be imperfect again, after a long process of fine-tuning my previous novel. A month into the Ninety Day Plan and I am back in love with writing! So for anyone thinking of taking the plunge - do it! Louise is a fantastic guide and teacher and she really has brought something new to the creative writing course scene.'
'It’s given me the confidence to get on and do what I’ve always wanted to do. I am so pleased I did this course; it really is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have completed the first draft of a novel. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Louise is a supportive and insightful tutor and the daily lessons brim with enthusiasm, knowledge, and years of experience. Louise shares her own writing journey throughout the ninety days, which makes this a really special course. If you want to write a novel then sign up, follow the course, and you will get it done.'
'I learned to write with joy and conviction, without censoring or second guessing myself. The course keeps you accountable and constantly moving forward. You don't feel like you have to compete with others. Someone else's success does not steal bread from your mouth but rather shows you where the bakery is. It delivers so much more than you ever hoped for. Not just a novel in 90 days but the belief that there is so much to come when the 90 days is up. The whole experience has been life affirming and life changing.'
'The course, the community and the guide, Louise, are the best things that have ever happened to the writer in me. If you're serious about writing a novel, don't let it roll about for 10 years. Write it in a season, while it's fresh and you're on fire. DO THIS COURSE! I challenge you not to fall in love with it.'
'Kritikme has planted the seeds to a new way of life for me. I would still be talking about my book now if it wasn’t for Louise and the whole support network of the Krew. It’s happening. I am even referring to myself as a writer now. No quote marks required!'
'I found the vlogs brilliant and reassuring. The support and love I've received from Louise and the whole Kritikme Krew has been phenomenal. As for confidence in my writing, I know I am a much better writer than I was three months ago. I have a novel, an actual manuscript that I can work into a publishable piece of fiction. I do not function well without routine so establishing one for writing has been a wonderful, enlightening, uplifting, humbling, exciting, magical experience. I have loved it and I am very much looking forward to doing it again. And again. And again.'
'And it's a usable first draft, with a solid structure and theme that I can build on. Knowing there was new material every day really encouraged me to show up daily and to produce work. I have a great sense of achievement. I'm a great believer in instant gratification, and this course gets you producing work straight away. No stopping to edit for critique like on more formal courses, and no need to spend time critiquing others until you are ready to. Just a wonderful smooth and steady progress towards producing your own work.'
'I honestly feel like I’ve learnt more from Kritikme than I have from my creative writing degree. I never thought that I had the first draft of a novel in me or that I would ever have the patience to actually write it, but I’m so, so glad I did. Kritikme has changed my life. It’s given me confidence, skill, passion and a piece of work to be proud of, and every budding novel writer deserves all that.'
'It provides quick clear guidance and confidence to actually get on with what you promised yourself you would do. Write a book. Louise has been there and done that, and she knows what you are experiencing every step of the way. It's like writing with your own little group of supportive fans who are behind you all the way. If you need that push to get going, 'The Ninety Day Novel' is a great step to take.'
'I have looked for help with my writing process before but Kritikme is the only actual help I have ever found. It's the combination of so many factors ... Louise's dazzling expertise at every level of the novel-writing odyssey ...from notebooks to management of the unconscious...'
'Thank you, Louise! Sixty days. I have you and your brilliance to thank for that. If this nightowl can get up at 6.30 and write for an hour a day, through redecoration, holidays, upheaval with builders, then anyone can!'
'I love the daily posts and it's interesting watching an established author such as Louise going through the process of getting her next novel down at the same time as her students. With Louise, you have a fabulous tutor, mentor and friend all in one, and I'd highly recommend anyone struggling to get their novel finished to check out the course.'
'It was highly motivating to be part of a literary movement whose promise was to not let anything stand in our way. Thanks to Louise and the rest of the Krew for their ongoing support.'
'The course itself offers advice and guidance that is practical, down to earth and based on solid research and experience. I have learnt so much about myself as a writer in the last few months and gained so much in confidence. Cannot praise Kritikme highly enough. I looked forward to seeing the posts each day and they not only offered great advice and steps to follow but reminded me that I'm a writer who writes...daily. Wow! Louise is a gifted facilitator. This course has made me really think about what I want to achieve with this book and has given me the confidence to stretch myself far more than I thought possible.'
'Your travel companions become your kinfolk. The surroundings are plush and beautifully designed. The view every morning is new, your energy is high, you travel fast, trust the voyage to reveal what it needs to and leave behind the voices that have held you back. I managed to leave the inner critic behind very early in the process. That's down to Louise. I don't know how she did it, but it's the first time ever.'
'It is simple, fun and educational. Her tech is top notch, which makes a big difference to me. I look forward to doing the lessons every morning. Best of all, the focus is entirely on writing your novel, and Louise’s 'Krew' provide great support and entertainment.'
"Her engaging personality and openness in sharing knowledge and experience made Louise a popular and much appreciated tutor. We all remember teachers who inspire us. I will never forget Louise and what I learned from her."
"Her passion for the written word translates into every dimension of her work as a tutor. As a teacher I found her frank, exacting, generous, and full of wisdom and humour. She doesn’t sugar-coat the writing process, the emphasis is on nurturing the creative spirit while working never less than very hard. "
"I admired the way you made the students feel there were no barriers between them and you. I admired the writing too, and the character (yours!) and much else - I almost feel that goes without saying. I admire your energetic and diverse writing, your apparently real interest in our students, and your personal grace. I'm very grateful.'"
"As a teacher in adult education for the last eighteen years and a teacher trainer for the last eight years I have no hesitation in endorsing her qualities as a teacher. Her subject matter expertise was second to none"
"Louise is an intuitive and perceptive teacher of Creative Writing with a deep knowledge of the tools and techniques of her art. Speaking personally, I found her evaluation of my own writing to be highly insightful - so much so that I have been able to take an entirely new view of my progress and motivations."
"Thanks to Louise Dean's advice and encouragement I am now, for the first time ever, writing every day, and writing with a hitherto elusive confidence. Having read and admired Louise's novels I knew that she was a clever and brilliant writer. What I hadn't anticipated was her genuine interest in her students, her gentle touch in tutoring us to create better stories, and her infectious passion for great literature. Sometimes, our heroes can disappoint, but meeting and learning with Louise Dean surpassed my expectations, and was exactly what I needed to push through my fear of failure and make myself write, write, write"
"Louise is an excellent teacher of creative writing. As tutor she was supportive and inspirational. Her passion for good writing and her great love of character and story came across and she showed a thorough knowledge of the masters of English language. Her encouraging and open manner enhances students' learning and provides a safe yet challenging space to further our skills."
"Louise is not only an extremely talented author but also a very capable and generous teacher prepared to share her ideas and methods"
"I found her teaching methods and approach to be exceptional. She has an impressive depth of knowledge of the subject of fiction writing, which she communicated in a succinct and highly professional manner. "
"Your teaching style is inspirational and upbeat. Your injunction to apply time and to not fear failure hit a chord with me."
" I really have made the connection again with what I'm doing and am writing now most days and seeing the text just grow and grow which for me is the best way to get to a first editable draft. FAB. I did think you were terrific at encouraging everyone."
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