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What are writers saying about Alida?
I’ve had the pleasure to have Alida as my writing coach for my first novel, a historical piece. Alida is wonderful to work with. Her feedback is critical in a helpful way, but always encouraging. I love talking with her about story—she offers so many insights that I sometimes feel she understands my book better than I do. It’s great to have someone as a sounding board for plot and character problems, but even greater if that someone has a deep understanding of what makes a good story. Several of the methods Alida teaches have helped me find out what’s wrong with my work. She’s super patient and always responsive, and she’s also been my biggest cheerleader, encouraging me to keep going with the story, and believing in it when I myself didn’t anymore. This can be invaluable in these early stages as a writer. I couldn’t be happier to have her as a coach, editor and friend.
One of the things I appreciated most about working with Alida on my post-apocalyptic western, The Tilt, was that she always took my vision of the novel into account. She had a logical reason for every suggestion she made, and had me addressing aspects of the novel I hadn’t thought of. Without her, The Tilt wouldn’t have been as well-rounded as it turned out.
Alida has been writing her entire life and teaching for over a decade, from high school to graduate level courses, and lots of writing workshops in between. She is the author of the Story Works Guide to Writing Fiction Series, A Stone's Throw, The Skoghall Mystery Series, and numerous short stories. When she's not writing or teaching, you can spot her around Minneapolis on her bike, in her kayak, or being walked by her golden retriever.