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"Best writing workshop and support group that I've ever been in."

~Jay S., Men's workshop

"Lucky will be those who can attend this. Melissa is a brilliant facilitator with a light touch and a wonderful, wise heart."

~Sandy B. 

"We see the same things. Melissa gives me ideas about how to describe what things look like - like how a black swan looks like a boat. And how the duck looks like drops of rain."

~Zachary G., age 10

"Write From the Heart has been a lifeline for me.”

~Deb V., Barshinger Cancer Institute writing class

"Melissa creates trust, then reaches down inside you and grabs something wonderful you didn't know you had."

~Jay S., Men's workshop 

"It was fascinating to watch Melissa transform the mood of our cancer clinical study writing group from sad to solemn to joyful and light. She is a master at using humor and compassion to bring patients out of themselves, while gently urging their imaginations to take flight. The room was filled with vitality and laughter."

~Dr. Monika Joshi, M.D., MRCP, Assistant Professor of Medicine,

Division of Hematology and Oncology

Milton S. Hershey/Penn State Cancer Institute

"Melissa guides with an astute sense of human emotion. She is perceptive and insightful while employing a remarkably gentle touch. She is well-practiced in recognizing and softening the pain of anxiety through humor, warmth, and the written word."

~Dr. Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Emerita

Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Emerita

Special Lecturer, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"Write From the Heart is a wonder. Melissa generates trust. She generates confidence. She works tirelessly to embrace joy through the art of creating."

~Jim Shepard

J. Leland Miller Professor of English, Williams College

National Book Award Finalist

“Melissa, you're a mental sea salt caramel chocolate bar!"

~Jen Q., fine artist

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