Testimonials

“I’ve taken two of Kristin’s #38Write workshops (so far) and I HIGHLY recommend them! Even though I know how important it is to exercise my creative muscles, it’s easy to let too much time pass without doing that. #38Write is a quick creative injection that gets me writing with a purpose. Kristin’s prompts would be enough—fun, inspiring—but she also provides great samples, readings, and resources. Add to that the thoughtful, professional feedback you get on your pieces and it’s hard to beat this workshop!” ~Kelly H. (Turkey)

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“Every month of #38Write is different, each topic is unique. Throw in a dedicated Pinterest board, a group of eager writers scattered across the globe, reams of useful take-home material, and a published author with an established reputation as a creative writing teacher and you have the perfect ingredients for 38 hours of non-stop writing adventures. #38Write is my first writing workshop and I’ve enjoyed connecting with other writers, exploring my passion for place and culture and writing, and receiving valuable advice and feedback that is both constructive and positive. I look forward to many more #38Write writing adventures.” ~Russell W. (Australia)

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“#38Write = great. Kristin @kbairokeeffe has figured out how much is enuf, but not too much. Not just writing, not just thinking, but being.” (@DickPaterson, U.S., Twitter, June 12, 2012)

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“Writing is my passion. When my daughter told me about 38Write, I was intrigued. I enrolled, not being sure what to expect. The 38Write exercises were fun, worthwhile adventures. Communicating via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest kept participants around the world connected. At the end of the designated time, Kristin critiqued our work. Kristin’s input was positive, constructive, and very non-threatening. Participating in 38Write has broadened my world, connecting me with other passionate writers. I entered 38Write timidly and came out confident. I look forward to the next 38Write adventure.” ~ Anita C. (U.S.)

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“#38Write exercise completed. New exp left me curiously & bravely thinking: I may want more! Never would have believed it” (@onestormynight, Belgium, Twitter, June 4, 2012)

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“Every month I look forward to your #38Write workshop. I find myself wondering about what the next theme will be, where will you send me observe, think and feel…and then come back and write about it? And what I love the most is that the writing exercises and Pinterest board make me look at stories, people, and places from different perspectives. They make me think of the whole craft behind the beautiful words on the paper. The chance to connect and read the work of other #38Write members is such a valuable experience. Your feedback gives me faith in my writing and in building ‘my voice.’ And I thank you for all of that!” ~ Maria C. (London)

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“#38Write has shown me inspiration can find me even when I didn’t realize I was looking.” (@websojourn, U.S., Twitter, June 5, 2012)

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“38Write: short, concise, manageable in a busy life. Kristin: encouraging, inspirational ideas, provides constructive assessment. I gave up on creative writing after a horrendous university English course many years ago. A good friend gently cajoled me to try again and now, three 38Write weekends later, I’ve found I have a written voice. Granted, it is not mature, but thanks to Kristin I am inspired to continue to find that voice and explore the world of written expression once again. Whether you consider yourself a writer or newbie, I encourage you to give a 38Write a whirl.” ~ Lisa T. (Belgium)

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“I’ve lived in three countries in the last ten years. There’s something about being suddenly immersed in a new language and culture that makes you alive to the boundaries and limits of your old life at the same time you’re floundering in your new one. That seething, shifting relationship between place and identity is one that I’ve long tried to sort out through writing, but on my own it’s easy to get lost, or disheartened, or just overwhelmed. To focus, for one weekend a month, on some particular way of tackling ‘place’ has been a perfect way to hone my skills, get some inspiration, and learn from Kristin as well as the other fascinating participants.” ~ Jennifer L. (S. Korea)

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#38Write is quite addictive! I am very much new at the writing process but in #38Write workshops I gain confidence with Kristin’s guidance. She encourages and advises on ways to improve. In her last [August] workshop, Kristin asked the participants to go for a cultural walk. It was one of the BEST walks I’ve ever taken! Being online, it is time saving; since I have young kids, it’s not easy for me to engage in a face-to-face workshop yet—a feature that suits me well. The great part is the unbeatable cultural connection—writing perspectives from Belgium to Turkey!” ~ Meena V. (China / U.S.)

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 On Kristin’s Writerhead Presentation

“I saw Kristin present at Pecha Kucha (the coolest event!) in Kennebunk, Maine, a few months ago. She was funny and fabulous! The grizzly bear slide was very funny (hey, you had to be there). On a whim, I emailed her, asking if she would present at my church, First Parish Unitarian in Kennebunk. I was recently appointed co-chair of the Worship Committee and we set up lay-led services in the summer, when the minister has time off.

“I thought I was enthusiastic until Kristin started emailing me back and I saw what she was like. Then I checked out her blog. Then I sent the link to all my email friends and found her on Facebook. Don’t you just love talented people who share their talent, encourage you to share yours, actually answer emails, AND are happy and friendly?

“Our summer services are held in our 1790’s-built church parlor. Portraits of old ministers watched as we set up the Power Point projector. I ran into two women reading brochures at the door. I was quizzed on what UU’s believe while thinking two things; 1) I hope I don’t scare them away, and 2) Now I won’t have time to make lemonade.

“While I clumsily led the meditation, I peeked at Kristin: sitting yoga-cross-legged in her chair, with her eyes closed. ‘Oh, I LOVE her!’ I thought.

“We were treated to a personal glimpse into Kristin’s life and work process. She led us in a spontaneous workshop, exploring our creative process. I looked over and saw Stacy, a farmer who has been in this church for 65 years, drawing his [writerhead] picture. People were intent and thrilled. The two new women excitedly held up theirs.

“After the service, several people approached me with the same triple look in their eyes. Pleasure, delight and astonishment.” ~ Karen T. (U.S.)

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“I studied independently with Kristin and took one of her classes in Shanghai. (I would have taken another one if she hadn’t returned to the US.) She is a superb teacher! She does her homework: finds really inspirational suggested readings and provides very helpful feedback, in detail and with general nudges.…Her class is lively and fun. Most important, through Kristin’s steady encouragement, I feel much more confident of myself as a writer. She even got me—the most stage-frightened person in the world—to get up and read from my work at Out Loud (the reading forum she established in Shanghai) and enjoy doing so. It’s fair to say that Kristin’s coaching recently enabled me, when my mother died, to write something in the back of a crowded car and walk up to the pulpit and read it with a modicum of grace at her funeral. ~ Kathy P. (China)

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Kristin is more than a gifted writer—she is also a generous individual who was a driving force in nurturing a writer’s culture in Shanghai. As a teacher, Kristin has the skill to benefit anyone who is interested in becoming a better writer. Kristin’s teaching style encompasses clear and relevant instruction, patience, and encouragement, and the ability to inspire new ideas, characters and stories….Kristin is a great writer, a dedicated teacher, and a passionate advocate of the art of writing. She is someone who has the power to change any aspiring (or established) writer’s life for the better!” ~ Steve T. (China)

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“Kristin, I never would have pursued my writing without your encouragement and I am very grateful….I really can’t say how much I enjoyed your creative writing course last year. You introduced me to a wonderful new world of writing—who knew it could be so much fun and so satisfying. The welcoming and secure environment of the class really gave me the support to write freely and to discover the exciting, difficult, fun, and fulfilling aspects of writing.” ~ Ruth W. (China)

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The first time I met Kristin I was immediately struck by her warmth and welcoming presence. She was one of the first people I met in the Shanghai writers’ community through Out Loud! The Shanghai Writers Literary Salon. With Out Loud! Kristin created a space for writers to share their work, which is absolutely invaluable. Her talk about self-promotion for writers at the Shanghai Literary Festival in 2010 was extremely informative, and her moderations with other authors have always been insightful and well-structured.” ~ Jenn C. L. (China)