“In Finishing School I came into being a writer, the personality and the habits of being a writer. It gave me a place where I validated the writer in me, and that let me take chances. I turned in the first article to a magazine I was thrilled when they referred to me as the writer. Most of the time I’m a banker or a mother, but the foundation of my identity is as a writer and Finishing School brought that to me.”
—Faye, a screenwriter who launched a film festival after two months in Finishing School.
“Finishing school is like a lifeline to me. I had been doing The Artists’ Way program, and I was writing, but I wasn’t finishing things. You start, you accumulate material, start great things, but how do you finish them? How do we complete things? How do we say that we’re done? The Artists’ Way gets you started. Finishing School gets you finished.”
–Christina, who completed a memoir in one two-month session and a draft of a screen play in another
“Having it in your head is one thing. Putting it down on the page is another,” he said. “This is no longer potential or dream or anything like that. It’s getting done.”
– Robert, who revived his interest in a novel he’d set aside for five years
“I felt like the novel was incomplete, but at the same time I didn’t have the motivation to carry it through on my own. There was something about sitting in front of my own computer, staring at that screen; it just wasn’t coming. On my 13th rewrite, no one was telling me that this needed to get done this year or the following year. I had some magical thinking going on. ‘I’ll take care of it. I’ll get to it.’ That magic never came through. Finishing School gave me a group of people rooting for me and if I said to them, ‘Oh, I fucked off.’ I wouldn’t feel very good about myself.”
– George, who completed a novel he’d been working on for 13 years and is now sending it out to agents