1 On 1 Coaching

"Nelsie is a literary midwife. I have taken dozens of her classes and Lemonade Parties during the pandemic. She sees the potential and beauty in her students’ words and draws out our creativity with her steadfast encouragement, delighted enthusiasm, and playfulness.

In virtual coaching, her kindness and authentic engagement are unparalleled. If you have an idea, a project, or even just a desire to write, Nelsie’s clarity and warmth will support you in ways you cannot predict."

 

Julie D.  - December 2020

"When I started my novel I was lost on how to proceed. The first chapter had been on my computer for well over a year … I was stuck! Nelsie got me unstuck after the first session! Working with her for a few months has made me a better writer and I finished the first draft of my novel in less than a year! She's encouraging and straightforward. Nelsie is meant to do this and she's spectacular at guiding writers!" 

Deborah Gold - Novelist, July 2020

"Before I started working with Nelsie, progress on my memoir had slowed to a crawl.  When we discussed what I’d written so far, her insightful comments and unmistakable enthusiasm immediately rekindled my own excitement for the story.

Nelsie continually encourages me to dig deeper - to be funnier, more honest, and visceral - while at the same time never letting me lose sight of the story’s main theme.  She’s helped me take my writing, and how I approach it, to a whole new level; I’m now producing more pages - of much higher quality - every week.

If it weren’t for Nelsie, my memoir may well have been put in a drawer to collect dust.  Fortunately for me, I now have a great partner in moving it forward."

Jen Smith - May, 2020

"I’m thrilled to be working with Nelsie Spencer. She’s a generous reader with a keen eye for detail and nuance. She has given me invaluable insights that have made my writing more interesting, more thought-provoking, and I think more fun to read. I’m loving the process and would highly recommend working with her!"

 

Naghmeh Shirkhan  - May, 2020

"Nelsie really invests herself in my work and understands what I'm trying to accomplish better than any other mentor I've worked with.  She is incredibly supportive, digs deep, and has fantastic suggestions that help me create a better product.  I'm so glad I found her!"       

 

Sue Huggans - Playwriting, Private Student

"You were the first writing coach that I reached out to and connected with. It is very clear that you know what you're talking about. Very engaging and supportive. And extremely helpful!" 

 

Jasmine Davis - Novelist, Private Client, April 2020

"Like the best coaches, Nelsie is encouraging and supportive, but also tells you what you need to hear in order to become a better writer. For those that aren't great with deadlines (who is?), Nelsie keeps you on track and helps you move forward while being patient and giving you the space you need.  Nelsie is a connoisseur of humor and will help you find opportunities for humor in places you never imagined."

 

Duvi Stahler - Solo-Show private client, June 2018

"Nelsie not only provides useful and insightful feedback on my writing, but motivation and structure when I’m struggling to produce content. She understands my voice better than I do sometimes and has always found a way to get me back on track when the process feels too overwhelming. I hadn’t written anything creative since high school and never thought of myself as a writer, but Nelsie’s encouragement and enthusiasm as a teacher, and then mentor, has given me the confidence to continue writing and pursue something that continues to give me a great sense of pride."

Meagan Gorham - Humor Writing, May, 2017

"I truly appreciate all the support you've given my project. All the work I have done with you has been so beneficial and I couldn't have gotten to this point without you. Your ability to connect with me and see value in my process is something for which I'm beyond grateful. The time and lessons shared will carry me forward.”

 

Natalie Johnson, Solo Show Author, June 2017

"Nelsie gets to the point and does it in a clear and very supportive manner! She sees the big picture, and the little snapshots that get you there." 

Constance, Memoirist, Actor, (Orange Is the New Black)

"Nelsie critiqued my work so intricately and with insightful comments on each sentence, paragraph, and overall concept.  She made me feel so comfortable with revealing my creative self to her and most importantly, not being afraid of putting the “real me” on the page. All of her suggestions were dead on and actually inspired me to dive into the next chapters. I am very excited to work with her and definitely believe she'll be a positive, integral force regarding the assured success of my novel."

 

Jeanne  Souders, Novelist, Journalist - Nola Woman

"Nelsie has a rare gift for unveiling the story that you are burning to tell and the one others will want to read. She listens for clues and connects the dots until the strongest themes emerge. What I've been able to accomplish with Nelsie in a short time is not only invaluable to me as a new writer, it's the equivalent of 10 years of therapy -  Except, in the end, I'll have written a memoir. I'm afraid to sing all my praises because I don't want to share her..."

Petra - Retired Pop Star, Monologist, Memoirist

Classes

 

"... a HUGE thank you for a fun couple of weeks.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from an intensive course... While a little intimidated at first… I leave the class with so much more confidence in my work/style. And inspired to write... Only regret… that the class is over so quickly. THANK YOU!"

 

Jill Harrington - October 2020

"Nelsie Spencer is a gem! Her instruction was specific and useful, and her feedback encouraging and enthusiastic. My confidence in my own voice is already stronger because of her. I came away at the end of each session feeling better about my writing than I did at the beginning.  [Nelsie's}support and enthusiasm were largely responsible for that.  Thanks so much for everything."

 

Helen Van Dongen - October 2020

"One of the main things that set you apart as a teacher is that you don’t lecture...your technique is more “throw us in the pool so we know what the water feels like” and then you guide & coach from there.  I think people loved sharing their work and getting the feedback which was helpful because we each had such a different voice and your comments were tailored accordingly.  By the end, you could see everyone had become so comfortable sharing and loved learning from feedback. 

For me personally, and as a fellow former actor, I enjoyed your background in this art because you can bring stories to life quickly and you showcased what it looks like to have a vast imagination.  IE This female character needs three characteristics- tall, brunette, wearing glasses is great but then you add she’s a ballet dancer or a drunk or both- boom, a story is born!  That was how I saw your method, very creative & imaginative. 

 

Last, I’d say you’re a genuinely positive person which gives you a good technique in the critique.  You’re never going to tear anyone down.  You see everything as good or really good but either way, you use it as their foundation to build up.  You never acted like a “know-it-all” or as if you were “better than” anyone as many teachers/instructors I’ve seen/had throughout my life.  You teach like a coach and for me, it was brilliant."

 

Kate Rose -  Fiction Class, 2018

"My favorite quote from [Nelsie] was about finding our voices, and you said something [like], “Louie CK can’t be Carmen Lundell and Carmen Lundell can’t be Louie CK”. As an instructor, you are so good at affirming that everyone is unique and has something to share with the world."

 

Carmen Lundell -  Humor Writing, August 2017

"Nelsie provides a safe writing & sharing space that encouraged me as a burgeoning writer to be vulnerable through her humor, kindness, ability to relate to her students, and her insight. She helps you parse through your material and find the heartbeat, Through her classes and feedback, you can tell she cares about you and your growth. By selecting Nelsie as a writing coach, you’re electing someone who will make you laugh while being encouraging and helping you tailor your voice. Whenever I become doubtful of my writing, I remind myself of some advice Nelsie gave our Humor Writing class... “even though people may have told a similar story before, no one is going to tell it as I will” and it’s a truism that I carry with me every day!!!"

 

Raquelle Garcete - Humor Writing, September, 2017

"What attracted me [to Nelsie] is that she is] a female comedian with a proven track record- she's published a book, written and produced a play, and written and produced a movie. [Nelsie is] personable, and she feels like someone I could go to for both personal and professional advice. Writing is like therapy so in some ways [she is] a facilitator of this therapy."  

 

Lindsey Williams - Humor Writing, February 2019 

"You have a real talent for helping your students mine the nuggets in their writing so they can find what works, what can be extended, and what should be excluded. You're really good at creating a nurturing environment for writers so they feel safe enough to try new techniques or reveal personal information. And I really like that you encourage your students to try different styles of writing and to watch and read different presentations of humor. Your style of teaching is perfect for students learning to write humor pieces whether for publication or performance." 

 

Belinda Walker - Humor Writing, July, 2019

"Nelsie is not just a teacher or comic. She's your friend, confidant, and therapist as well. For many writers, and for me in particular, writing is very personal and to trust your writing to someone is a big step in moving forward. In a 10-week course with Nelsie I learned the basics of humor writing in a straightforward, fun way, where we read, analyzed, and critiqued paragraphs, trying to understand what makes certain pieces funny and some not. And what a fun course that was! Nelsie makes you forget you're taking a class, and instead it's like you're hanging out with your friends. Her laugh is contagious, and her sense of humor varies from absurdist (what I like), to David Sedaris's sophisticated. And that's important because it makes her unbiased. Other teachers that I've known would say something like, "I prefer this kind of writing." And you feel the need to please your teacher to get attention. Not with Nelsie. She knows humor; she knows it takes all kinds, that we're all different, and she treated us equally. She was attentive to everyone without playing favorites. So, all of us felt like little stars and were shining one time or another. Nelsie is not afraid to dig deeper or gently push you forward, and that's how Nelsie helped me overcome some of the biggest obstacles in my writing by providing quality feedback. Her strength is in giving proper advice; she's like a white Oprah, if you will. It is worth repeating: Not the advice you think you wanna hear (or maybe you do), but the advice you need to hear--an important distinction. I don't know if it comes naturally to her or whether after the years in the business she has an eye for it. Nelsie takes her time to understand you and gives you feedback based on your needs, not hers. Her invaluable advice helped me elevate my writing to a new level."

 

Jeremy Taylor - Humor Writing, November, 2018 

"You are different from other writing teachers that I have had in the past because you don't say no to your students. You believe that anything can be written and that anything can be written well. Most teachers impose their tastes and styles on their students without realizing it. You are always on board with your students. You are supportive, open-minded, and progressive while still maintaining an expectation of plain ol' damn good writing! I wanted to stay in your class because of this. Because you didn't make my writing feel like a chore or like I ever did a bummer job. That encouragement is rare in a world where everyone thinks they know best. I have learned from you that I can write and that hey, I even want to."

 

Anna Weintraub - Humor Writing 

"Nelsie is such an inspiration. She has this magical ability to stir up the writer inside us all, and breathe life back into our stories. After just one session, I was so inspired, I immediately wanted to jump back into writing a story that had long since felt inspirationally dead to me. Now I am on the verge of making the script into a short film. Thank you Nelsie."

 

Angela Morse - Screenwriter, Filmmaker

"Nelsie Spencer, what an amazing lady she is... I came to her to have her help me write my life story, Dig My Hole, Lift My Face.  She has a gift, straight from God, to put your story on paper and make you feel very special while she’s doing it.  She sees the scene from two or three words that I tell her.  I don’t know how she does it!  She has given me so much more than I expected.   It’s almost like she’s psychic!"

Bettye Ann Freeman - Fine Artist, Writer

"You made me trust you. Which is not an easy thing to do. Every time, you made me feel relaxed, 

and I couldn't wait to come back next week. We always laughed so hard, it felt extraordinary, beautiful.  

Week after week, I wrote a homework piece or something for a booth, but my writing still felt stiff. Was it funny? Maybe. But I was afraid to open up, because whatever wounds I had kept prohibiting trusting. And I kept writing about neutral, safe topics. And then something amazing happened. I started thawing, for a lack of a better word.  

…I couldn't believe myself when I wrote a story about my breakup with Michael--a sad story that I would never think of writing as a comedy piece. But I trusted you. I trusted that you wouldn't make fun of me; I knew you'd understand, support, and advise me. I needed to tell that story to someone but was afraid to appear weak. But in your class, I felt confident. I thought I sounded very naive in my story and kinda felt sorry for myself.

 

And while I tried to stay strong, inside I felt like crying, when you took off your glasses and told me that, in that story, you saw a strong person not a weak one--who's been through so much, and that you saw the real me, my soul; that I'm not that boy anymore who was in pain, but rather a grown man who is great, and generous, and amazing. And I started thinking about it like, "Yes, I have been through a lot! I'm not there anymore. Why am I suffering? Why do I live in the past?" I believe in therapy it's called a breakthrough. Since then, I'm able to look at the past as the past, just a lesson, not a reason to suffer. 

 

...I was able to break through a barrier, through depression or whatever was holding me back that made me insecure. That class almost literally saved my life. I learned so much about myself, mainly that I do love writing! And … whether it's good or bad, that's the outlet I should be using for my creativity."

Roundtable

 

“There are so many reasons not to pursue your dreams —especially after you've tried and failed. But if you want to believe in yourself again, believe in your capacity to write that dream manuscript, you need to take this class. Nelsie's Round Table is a powerful tool of personal enlightenment. It is a positive group of people that are there to inspire you to be the writer that you believe in your heart that you can be.”

Claude-Robert Policart - Sci Fi Novelist, Artist - Claude's website

“There are so many reasons not to pursue your dreams —especially after you've tried and failed. But if you want to believe in yourself again, believe in your capacity to write that dream manuscript, you need to take this class. Nelsie's Round Table is a powerful tool of personal enlightenment. It is a positive group of people that are there to inspire you to be the writer that you believe in your heart that you can be.”

Claude-Robert Policart - Sci Fi Novelist, Artist - Claude's website

“Nelsie's Round Table was the ONLY way my book could have been written. My book idea had been swirling in my head for years until I met Nelsie.  Nelsie and The Round Table group forced me (in only positive ways) to produce pages each week. It kept me on task and helped me to become a better writer. I went from doubtful to determined, from fear to the finish line. Thank you, Nelsie Spencer!”

 

Amy - A girl from Jersey with a dollar and a dream

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