"Started the course off not knowing what to expect, having hit a wall of writers block and insecurity with my own writing. The space is very inviting and encouraging and just what I needed to explore a bit more and tap into those reserves of creativity that I just couldn't get to before. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a challenge, or needing help. Those who just need some fun time, or self care time will benefit from the fun prompts and the positivity given when creating something new. I would highly encourage all levels of writers to give themselves an opportunity to play." - Natasha Gebhardt, now working on her first collection of genre short stories
"This writing workshop has been one of the best things about this year and I truly look forward to coming every week... I don’t think I realized how much of a void I’ve been feeling from not writing, so being able to hold space — even if it’s as small as three hours a week — to just play and explore has been so rewarding." - Bronwyn Hendry, social media storyteller at lululemon athletica yyc
"I did not know that I had a voice or a story to tell but the Find Your Voice workshop has shown both to be true. I signed up for the workshop to challenge myself and found what I was looking for and then some. Alexa’s style is unique. Her respect, enjoyment and value for the story each of us has to tell is what drew our stories out of us. I enjoyed the people I met and learning to hear their voices as well as identifying my own. The workshop was so much more than I expected in so many ways. It was a journey of discovery and to my surprise, it was not just about the stories and the voice, I was propelled on a spiritual journey as well." - Sheri Webb, a self-professed "housewife learning to call herself a writer"
"I've had a lot of difficulty writing over the past few years--mostly due to a lack of time and my own perfectionism--and I've noticed that it's becoming easier to just 'let go' and write after a few weeks of the workshop... I really do feel that [Alexa has] managed to create an environment that is non-judgemental and supportive... it helps to feel more comfortable taking risks and trying something new with my writing." - Marisa Webster, anesthesiology resident
"Alexa proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks. With my daughter’s urging I joined Alexa’s workshop. Through a variety of techniques and lots of support from my fellow writers at the series of workshops my confidence grew. The neglected writer in me was rekindled. I enjoyed the evenings and looked forward to hearing the creative voice of all those attending." - Mitch Mcleod, commercial manager
"I signed up to have a little fun and learn a bit about writing, instead I had a lot of fun and learned a whole bunch about writing! I feel a freedom to write like I never have before. I'm even more confident writing English even though it is my second language. My biggest problem now is that I'm having trouble doing my regular work because all I want to do is write. The stories are pouring out of me" - Renata Liwska, Governor General award nominated children's book illustrator
"Wendy O'Brien is a master teacher. She is one of those passionate, sensitive, penetrating educators who has the rare ability to make you love whatever she loves. When one counts the great teachers one remembers on the fingers of one hand, I'm certain Wendy comes up on hundreds—perhaps thousands—of students' fingers." - Joseph Kertes, award-winning author of The Afterlife Of Stars
"After attending my first Whitespace Writers workshop, I knew I had found something special. Alexa's approach to teaching writing is unique – she is a champion of authenticity, an advocate for personal truth and vulnerability, and above all, a true believer that each of us has a story to tell. Rather than focusing only on the mechanics of writing, Alexa encourages us to get to the heart of why we want to write. She helps us identify and explore the stories within us that are waiting to be told, and gives us the tools to tell them well... This workshop has been invaluable to my writing practice, and has drawn out of me a sort of artistic honesty that I didn't realize I was capable of. I find myself much more confident in my authentic voice, more willing to lay myself bare on the page. I would recommend this course for any writer looking to be challenged and inspired, to grow, and to find community and support. Alexa is a wise and benevolent instructor, and this workshop is wonderful." - Paige Reist, photographer and blogger at www.thewholesomehandbook.com