--Dennis D. Takoma Park, Md.
--Christina K.,, Olney (Christina's book The Cut-away will be out in March 2017 from Atria/Simon and Shuster in several countries! TV right have been sold to the same people who made "Homeland")
Hildie has mentored me as a writer from the beginning, when I had an idea and didn't know where to start. She's the most powerful reviewer I've ever worked with, offering suggested edits that not only improve the writing but also make the story stronger. She's encouraging and understanding, but unafraid of holding me to my goals and potential. I wouldn't be the same writer if I hadn't worked with Hildie.
--Shelby H., Bethesda, Md (Shelby just won the Bethesda Magazine short story contest! Yay Shelby! CHeck out her BEAUTIFUL blog and author page here!)
Hildie’s workshops gave me both the practical advice and emotional support I needed to finally begin to write in a serious way. Her advice, encouragement and coaching helped me complete my novel, publish a collection of short stories and land an agent. I am truly grateful!
--Raima L., Arlington, Va and Raima's new collection of short stories Gates of Heaven is available from Amazon.
--Patricia M., Falls Church, Va
(check out Patricia's platform to help promote her book A Monkey's Tale -- a humorous forum where you can ask the God Hanuman questions about life and ?)
--- Jim B., Falls Church, Va
Check out Laurie's really fun and "real" blog on life, love and parenting "Life up close" . . . Lauriesnowturner.com
-- Andrea U., Oakton, Va
(on Yelp, referring to a Writer's Center workshop. A version of this course will be offered in Fall 2013 for NaNoWriMo participants -- sign up now!)
Hildie is the most inspiring, creative, and thoughtful mentor imaginable - and amazing at nurturing talent.She has her finger on the pulse of the literary world and is happy to share what she knows. Propelled by a passion for writing and writers, she’ll inspire you to become your best.
--Malve B., Fair Oaks, Va
One of the best things about a writing class from Hildie Block is that it comes with a lifetime personal service contract at no extra charge. Anytime I have a question about agents, publishing or advancing my career, Hildie is always ready to respond with help.
A second thing, very important to a person of my sensibilities, is that Hildie is kind. In this modern world, in the teaching and study of writing, I cannot overstate the importance of kindness. A little bit makes a big difference.
Finally, one of my big thrills about taking classes from Hildie was getting published. I think it was the second prompt she put up in a class, “Ice.” Just the one word. I seized on it and wrote for 15 minutes. I liked what I’d done and stuck with it. And eventually, it became my second published short story (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2012).
--Tom B., Virginia and Tom's book Order on the Court -- a really consummate read on Beach Volleyball is available from Amazon.
-- Kaaren C., Alexandria, Va (Kaaren signed with an agent in July 2012, her novel Decorum came out for Kensington Press in March 2015)