“I attended Victoria’s writing workshop after my first novel was published. I was more than halfway into my second novel, but was struggling with structure. After the workshop I completely reworked the manuscript based on what I’d learned. The novel, The Time Before Now, ended up being one of The Lesbian Reviews top 10 books of 2016. Victoria’s seminar helped my gain a sharper understanding of the infrastructure required for crafting a strong story. I highly recommend it.” ~Missouri Vaun
Loved my feedback session! I’m always wanting feedback, good or bad, as I feel it the most helpful part of a course. Victoria and Nicci are a well of information. ~Morven
Vic and Nic’s teaching approach suits the way I learn. Non-threatening, sensitive to individuals within the group and professional. Would recommend and repeat this and similar courses. ~Wendy
The #1 thing was the quality of the teaching. The teaching was extremely skilful. ~Jan
Their teaching approach was very warm and open. I always felt comfortable sharing ideas and reading work, which isn’t always the case in a writing group. The course felt flexible, so that if another topic arises, more time can be spent on it. Would definitely recommend the course and would love to continue to learn more from Victoria and Nicci. The course has been a great help. ~Natalie
It was an immense privilege to take Victoria Villaseñor’s four-week course in Memoir Writing at the Nottingham Writers’ Studio last autumn. For several years, I have wanted to write a memoir about my childhood in Brooklyn, New York, but I felt very unsure about how to go about it – where to begin, what to put in, what to leave out, how to structure my writing… I had many more questions than answers, and very little confidence about moving forward. Right from the start, Victoria helped me (and all of us in the class) understand what memoir writing is (and isn’t). With Victoria’s guidance, I wrote a piece that I felt I could build on. Her feedback helped me develop it further, and her encouragement helped me believe that I am actually capable of writing a memoir. I am now building on what I wrote in Victoria’s class, and on my way to writing a full-length memoir – an amazing journey that I would not have been able to begin without Victoria’s guidance and encouragement. She has been a true inspiration. ~Ronne
I took part in Victoria’s six week memoir writing workshops at the Nottingham Women’s centre earlier this year because I wanted to develop new skills in creative writing and to be able to communicate more effectively. I was new to memoir writing. I haven’t tried to write anything like this since my school days.
Victoria helped me to understand how to bring a faded memory to life through expressive and descriptive writing. I loved working in a group of all women. I feel that Victoria led the group really well, which helped me to gain confidence in exploring forgotten feelings and suppressed emotions.
Since writing my memoir I’ve become more self-aware and I’ve have been able to continue with my creative journey, with a greater sense of conviction. ~Clare Barton.
During my time with Victoria I found that her warmth and deep interest in people gave me and my fellow explorers the courage to share parts of our lives gifted usually to the most trusted of friends. She captured my story with seemingly effortless ease and care, the result of which was a few minutes in the public eye that were significant to me in so many ways. I thank her for all her help and support. ~Roy