Testimonials

 

I find, like reviews, testimonials are the life blood for me as a coach or mentor, both for promoting my practice and for getting feedback, enabling me to grow and improve as a coach. I ask everyone I coach to fill out a feedback form. This allows me a deeper insight into how they found the session.

 I find working with writers hugely inspirational and hope that this is reflected in my coaching. 

 

Jenny Rodwell (Author of 'The Ophelia Box')

Bryony saw my first novel, The Ophelia Box, in its final stages, and her input was invaluable.  Not only did she pick up on discrepancies in style and story, she also noticed when I had missed a trick and gently nudged me in the right direction. 

Angela Robson (Award-Winning Writer, Broadcaster and Film-Maker)
Winner of both the Guardian International Development and the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize.

"I have worked with top coaches from the BBC and the Anthony Robbins Foundation, all good in their different ways but Bryony is by far the best coach I have come across. She is a miracle worker."

Sara Harding  (TV Producer and Author)
 
How useful did you find the session? (5 = very useful, 1 = not useful)
Definitely a 5
 
Please explain in what way you found it useful or not useful.
I needed clarity and guidance on a book I hope to write.  Bryony gave me the confidence and helped me set some very clear parameters and gave me a great deal more belief in the book and it’s subject matter.
 
Any other comments?
Just that it’s great to get one on one coaching when approaching a huge project like your first book. This session gave me the confidence go ahead and do it.
 
Follow Up Comments:
I used Bryony to help me with my debut book and without her input my 
autobiographical tales entitled 'Confessions of a Rock Chick' would 
never have got past the first page. Bryony gave me the confidence, 
inspiration and advice I needed as well as nurturing me throughout the 
whole book writing process.  Thanks to Bryony the book is now complete 
and I have found an agent and am now on book two.  I would thoroughly 
recommend Bryony and her writing services to any budding author or 
writer. Sara Harding
 

 

Carolyn Waudby (Poet)

Please explain in what way you found it useful or not useful
Self-limiting assumptions I held about my writing were challenged, or rather, I was encouraged to challenge them myself. I approached Bryony with a view to increasing my confidence in writing. The sessions achieved this much more quickly than I had envisaged – almost overnight. Now when my self-belief is at a low ebb I think back to the steering the coaching provided. Having objective advice from someone who at the same time understands the problems writers face, was invaluable.

Would you recommend a session of this kind to others?

I have recommended the sessions to other writers, one of whom became a regular client. I didn’t really know what to expect from coaching but came away with a new perspective on my writing, my standing in the writing community and my role as a writer. Among other projects, this enabled me to organise and participate in two collaborative exhibitions and performances and set up a blog.

 
 To read the article Carolyn wrote on her experience of being coached please click on the link below:

 

 
Jenny Hockey (Academic and Poet)  
 
How useful did you find the session? (5 = very useful, 1 = not useful)
 5 

Please explain in what way you found it useful or not useful:
It gave me a new direction in terms of thinking about how to develop my involvement with writing – pleasure rather than duty!  I have subsequently reflected on parallels with my paid work – and how I manage to prioritise things that matter there, and fit other stuff around them. This gives me a model for fitting my non-paid life around my writing (rather than the other way round!).  I have also reflected on setting up some separate space for writing – rather than using my paid work environment.  And I have bought Julia Cameron’s book which looks really good and potentially crosses over with my interest in meditation/spirituality.

 

 
Juliet Verney  (Writer)  
 

Were the arrangements for the session satisfactory?
Yes, clear emails.
 
Was the room appropriate?
N/A. Phone session.
 
How useful did you find the session? (5 = very useful, 1 = not useful)
5
 
Please explain in what way you found it useful or not useful:
My coach enabled me to explore personal issues connected to writing.  She asked pertinent questions, was calm, attentive and intuitive.
She had a light touch, so we could laugh, as well as having the ability to accept my vulnerable feelings. I felt heard and understood.

My coach was affirming and supportive of me and also boundaried, ie, she made a decision not to give me feedback on a piece of work I had sent her, as this was the job of a mentor, not a writing coach.  She also provided me with the name of a mentor.

My coach helped me consider writing as a delight, rather than a task I must do.
 

 
Julia South  (Writer)
 
How useful did you find the session? (5 = very useful, 1 = not useful)
4/5 I’d say.
 
Please explain in what way you found it useful or not useful:

It was hugely useful in illuminating how rule-bound I’ve been about my writing practice, and how I’ve over-ridden the place where my creative voice comes from. It was exceptionally useful to be encouraged to take a ‘lighter touch’ and to be much less structured about my writing days. There was nothing that wasn’t useful.  I suppose I cannot put a 5 against the usefulness, because I’ve not yet had time to see if the new approach is going to yield results, although already I feel more open and in better communion with my creative voice.