San Francisco Examiner rave
review of Blue Light Press, September 2010
Praise for Blue Light Press Workshops
"Diane's classes inevitably unleash a torrent of significant
- Paul Stokstad, author of Butterfly Tattoo
"Diane's workshop, wow! I can't imagine a more invigorating,
supportive environment for getting started with serious writing."
- Kirston Koths
"I have an MFA from New England College's low residency program
in poetry, but can honestly say that I've never taken a workshop
that has 'clicked' for me as well as Diane's."
- Paul Fisher, author of Rumors of Shore
"I have learned so much here, I can't begin to tell you.
In some ways it has been more important to my writing than my MFA
work. The work you put into each poem helps me so much to sort through
what I am trying to do and gives me ideas about how to proceed.
The other poets are truly wonderful, each of them, and they are
also a large part of the learning."
- Katherine Drabek in Portland, Oregon
"Finding Diane's class was the best thing that ever happened
- Joyce Uhlir, author of Mysterious Light
"I have learned more from YOU in these few years I've been
writing...than my own small group here at home...any summer workshops...and
all the books I've read. You have been wonderful. You have given
me confidence and a whole lot more."
- Sharon Munson, author of Stillness Settles Down in the Lane
"I have thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and feel like I have
grown in many respects: through the seeds your provided, the feedback
I got on my own poems and giving and reading the feedback on the
work of others in the group. The best part is that by participating
I live and breathe poetry, despite working full-time and teaching
part-time. I think about my poem driving to work; I finally take
my lunch hour instead of working through it; and when I get home,
no matter how tired I feel the poetry draws me."
- Sandi Stromberg
"I love this workshop! Your comments are so constructive
and present a perspective that opens up new ways to look at my writing."
- Deborah Ramos in San Diego, California
"Your comments are always SUPERB, because of them I feel as
if I have gone light-years ahead of where I would have gone if I
had been doing this on my own. It is rare that you make a suggestion
I don't want to incorporate..."
- Lisa Hickey in Boston, Massachusetts
“Diane creates a workshop of individualized heaven. She provides
manna for all the senses so that we are enriched, empowered and
ready to write about the miracle that is life in all its contours.
Above all, it is fun and intimate. Lasting friendships are made
with other writers who honor our work and give our poems the time
they deserve. There is no other workshop like the BLP Summer Workshop
at the Pink Palace. Diane in all her graces is a gift."
- Lisha Adela García, author of Blood Rivers
"If you haven't been in one of Diane's workshops before,
get ready to be inspired!"
- Pat Barone
"Thank you so much!! I've never before been given critique
that makes me this happy and this eager to explore revising. What
- Dr. Irene D. Hays