What women are saying...
"I approached this workshop with great trepidation.
I mean, craft scissors, glue, magazine pages?
I hadn't assembled such things since my Captain Kangaroo days!
But just an hour or two into the workshop, I was all, 'Wait! I need more time to collage!'
As Kimberly Brock's exercises reconnected me to my Creative Core, my fear of spreading my wings dissolved, and soon I was dancing as if no one was watching. The Tinderbox workshop was just what I needed."
~ Kathryn Craft, author of THE ART OF FALLING and THE FAR END OF HAPPY
Women's Fiction Writers Association 2015 Writers Retreat
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"Great teachers use talent and heart to help students hone and develop their craft and Kimberly Brock is all about sharing her gifts and grace. Time with her is uplifting and rewarding -- she truly believes in other writers and champions them to success. It is a pleasure to read her staggeringly good stories but the real treat is in getting to hear her speak and lead from the heart."
~ Paige Crutcher, Southern Correspondent for Publishers Weekly
"I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed the writing classes and gotten so much from them. It wasn't always about the act of writing but also a sense of community
where one could share, open up and feel "safe." You have such a nurturing and warm spirit that draws people in and disarms them. What a gift :-) I feel God placed you in my path.
I'm also looking forward to the classes starting back up in the fall, and continuing to bring the same kind of like-minded women to the group." ~Spring 2015 Series Tinderbox Member
"I entered the workshop expecting a little bit of inspiration.
I walked out with a sense that I'd been shaken awake to a vibrantly colorful world, pregnant with more possibilities than I've seen in a long, long time."
Author, Jennifer Fromke, Women's Fiction Writers Association Writers Retreat 2015
"As President of the Atlanta Writers club, I had the pleasure of introducing Kimberly to the membership when she spoke to the club on two occasions in 2014. She is an engaging and confident speaker with a lovely stage presence and the ability to draw an audience in. Kimberly is a great instructor, a wonderful writer, a kind, generous person, and an advocate for local authors. She is extremely knowledgeable about using social media to build an author's platform, and her fiction workshops are fantastic." ~ Valerie Conners,
Author, Atlanta Writers Club Past President, VP of Programming
"Kimberly is not only a gifted, magical,writer, she is an engaging speaker on all aspects, from storytelling to social media. A genuine talent, who generously devotes time to helping women succeed." ~ Georgia Lee, Writer, Editor, Journalist, Winter 2014 & Spring 2015 series Tinderbox Member
"Here's the thing about Kimberly Brock, she understands language, expression, the art of stringing together words and sentences that not only pull in the reader, but keep them there. And she does this with a very southern, warm, lovely and welcoming vibe. I admire not only her contagious wit and sense of humor but also the thoughtful craft of her writing, which is lyrically beautiful."
~ Cynthia Lott, author of THE FEATHERS (RiverRun Bookstore, Inc. August 2014)
"When you first meet Kimberly, you are struck by how approachable she is. Many authors keep you at a distance, lock their secrets close up tight, afraid to share what they have learned with anyone. Kimberly has a nurturing heart and an encouraging spirit. I promise you will connect with her in a way that will leave you energized and inspired. Her workshops should be required for anyone considering a writing career."
~ Renea Winchester, author FARMING FRIENDS & FRIED BOLOGNA SANDWICHES (Mercer University Press, September, 2014)
"Kimberly Brock has a gentle nature that is not only evident in her writing but in her way with people. She is gracious and friendly and has always been a tremendous supporter of all writers. Her insight and friendship have been instrumental in the success of writing."
~ Pam Mantovani, author of COWBOY ON HER DOORSTEP (Belle Books, July 2014)
"Kimberly Brock has a powerful writing voice that not only rocks the South, but fiction in general. Her ability to listen to writers and respond with helpful answers is a sought after trait."
~ Ann Hite, author of the award winning GHOST ON BLACK MOUNTAIN (Gallery Books, September 2011)
"I could recommend Kimberly Brock based on the success of The River Witch and a sparkling Georgia Author of the Year Award. I recommend attending a workshop or doing a one-on-one consult with her for reasons that go beyond grammar, punctuation and story line. Kimberly is capable of critique and coaching. She is a skilled instructor and listener. Best of all, she is genuinely invested in helping others create success."
~ Alyse Urice, founder of LITERACY & HOPE
"Sometimes you don't know what you don't know until Kim Brock tells you."
~ Nicki Salcedo, author of ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS (Bell Bridge Books, January 2014)
"Kimberly Brock’s got a magic in her that she generously sprinkles like fairy dust upon any writer who needs astute, loving guidance from a kindred spirit. In her presence you’ll remember you’ve had it in you all along to do this thing—to write this book, to spill your heart on the page. Since we can’t carry her petite, dynamo self in our laptop cases to keep us company while we’re writing at Starbucks, the next best thing is to attend one of her workshops. You’ll come away with bounteous new skills and a revitalized, focused creative vision."
~ Kieran Kramer, author of SWEET TALK ME (St. Martin's Paperbacks, March 2014) and YOU'RE SO FINE (St. Martin's Paperbacks, December 2014)
"The first time I met Kimberly at a book event, we hit it off, both as friends, and as writers sharing our experiences and goals. I would recommend her conferences without hesitation to anyone moving forward in their writing journey!"
~ Susan Sands, freelance writer and author of the blog, SWEET HOME ALPHARETTA
"Kimberly Brock gets the elusive art of story crafting. And she doesn't hide it from others. Quite the opposite. She generously shares her gifts of character depth, story threading, arcs and dark moments. She knows how to create stories that cause readers to lose themselves and abandon everyday responsibilities. I'm a better writer for having read Kim's work, a better author for studying it."
~ Christy K. Truitt, award winning author of JUSTICE FOR ALL (Dunham Books, September 2013) and author of the popular blog, THE WRITE PURPOSE
"Dynamic and personable, award-winning author Kimberly Brock has the ability to enthrall an audience of two or two hundred through the use of self-deprecating humor and applicable advice. I have had the pleasure of watching her speak at an author panel and also around a restaurant table, and she captivated me during both instances. You won't be disappointed!"
~ Jolina Petersheim, bestselling and award-winning author of THE MIDWIFE (Tyndale House Publishing, May 2014) and THE OUTCAST (Tyndale House Publishing, June 2013)
"Anyone who can write characters with such complexity and depth, evoke land so lush you can smell it, and architect a novel world you'll want to live in, is worth listening to and learning from on the art and craft of writing. Kimberly Brock is one such person: a talented artist and engaging teacher, Kimberly is a writer to watch and enjoy."
~ Tomi L. Wiley, poetry & short fiction editor at SWEATPANTS & COFFEE, author at www.tomilwiley.com
"It’s one thing to have a knack for character, an eye for setting, and an ear for the lyrical prose necessary to tell a story with grace. It’s completely another to be willing to share your work and your self with other writers. Kim has always been so generous with her time and her advice. I never leave a conversation with her without having learned something about my work or about myself as a writer."
~Sally Kilpatrick, author of THE HAPPY HOUR CHOIR (Kensington, April 2015)