“I don’t know if I would have believed in myself without his belief in me,” says Tsabari. “Through our talks, mentorship meetings, and the feedback I received, Wayde gave me the confidence to keep going—confidence I don’t think I would have had without him.”
Compton, the current program director of The Writer’s Studio, believes the Studio’s mentorship model sets them apart from other programs.
“We take a more naturalistic approach. The mentor acts not as a teacher, but as a writer in a community producing work,” says Compton. “The students are viewed as writers as well, gaining experience from more experienced writers about practical issues.”
The Writer’s Studio workshops coupled with Compton’s mentorship strengthened Tsabari’s writing. While in the program, she also learned the business side of writing.
“Elective courses helped prepare me,” says Tsabari. “Getting Published, taught by Mary Schendlinger, was very informative and hands-on. It taught me how to write queries, reach out to agents, and write proposals. The Writer’s Studio taught us not just the creative process, but the business side as well.”
Compton says Tsabari’s talent was apparent early on. “She already came in so skilled. She could write scenes, characters, and leap between people, but needed improvement developing stories—where is the story and how does it work? Now she’s mastered it, this is her first book, and it’s so self-assured.”
“I thought The Writer’s Studio would give me discipline, skills, and confidence, but it exceeded my every expectation,” Tsabari says. “I couldn’t have imagined what an amazing experience it would be. It changed my life.”