Why I love what I do.
I often tell people that God kissed me on top of the head and gave me this gift of helping writers find their way, their story, and their voice.
I say that because I wasn't "formally trained" in this.
I don't know where this ability came from -- but I'll take it!
It is so gratifying, fun, amazing and – mostly – a privilege to be a part of a writers' precious process!
"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 Shulman, Memoirist and Actor, Orange is the New Black
"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, and Memoirist
"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
"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 and 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 and Writer
"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
“Nelsie's Round Table... got my creative juices flowing. Hearing the other writers share their work is quite moving and inspirational. I can feel the support and it has inspired me to commit to really doing it. Nelsie's insights and guidance help me get clear about my next steps so moving forward is starting to feel easy rather than overwhelming. ...a whole new chapter (pun intended) is opening up for me thanks to Nelsie and her Round Table.”
-- Carsten Spencer, Playwright
"There are lots of [writers] groups. What makes them different is the participants and the leader, and Nelsie’s RT shines on both scores. The group varies by age (24 and way up), sex, gender, location …. But everyone is writing and everyone is nice. And Nelsie’s comments reflect the fact that she’s been doing this a while (she’s not the 24 year old) and is good at it.:
-- Peter Flom, February 2021
“…it is terrific to have the chance to share my writing in a safe space. The roundtable is always something that I look forward to and it motivates me to keep writing. I always come away with tons of productive edits and fresh ideas. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a community, and to take their writing to the next level."
-- Sarah B., February 2021
"Nelsie's Round Table is exactly what she promised ... a place for inspiration, community and motivation... three things that are very hard to access by yourself sometimes. It's often difficult to put aside the time, or to value my story or the way I tell it. Yet, every time I am in on our 'round table' , I hear something in someone else's piece that helps me stay motivated, or helps know how to approach a particular piece. It is an eclectic group of talented people all of whom create a very safe and encouraging environment that keeps me going. More that - after every session I am eager to get back to my story and tell it, because I think if they can, then I can! It helps me visualize and 'see' an audience for my piece.....cuz they are on the phone every week, eager to hear what I've got to say."
-- Orlagh Cassidy, Actor and Memoirist
"Nelsie Spencer has a knack for zeroing in on the heart of a piece—whatever the genre—and helping you figure out how to make it work. Her notes are always spot-on; she can do everything from brainstorming "story sessions" to line edits. (What I like to call the forest and the trees.) More important than any of her technical skills is her energy. Nelsie brings such enthusiasm to her work; such a genuine love of writing and writers, that I don't think it's possible to work with her without coming away feeling more confident about yourself as a writer. She's been there. She knows all the self-sabotaging tricks, all those nasty things the 'devil on your shoulder' tells you—and she teaches you how to send them packing. I've written more since I started working with Nelsie than I had in the previous five years!"
-- Jodi Lustig, Playwright, TV Writer, and Blogger
“I’m a musician, damn it, not a writer! But Nelsie showed me that maybe I can write. She’s an incredibly intuitive, interested, and most importantly, inspiring teacher.”
-- Scott Healy, Musician (Basic Cable Band, Conan), Grammy Nominee, and Screenwriter