#What Others Say About Linda’s Expressive Writing Workshops

What Others Say…

Dear Linda!
I just had to write you to say that I so appreciate the workshop you did at the NAPT conference about making the little book. You gave such a wonderful introduction to such a great book project! I came home with great enthusiasm to share it. And then I did so…..
The results were AMAZING. One woman even made and wrote a little book for me after she had gotten back home….I loved sharing the way of making a book so simply that one could toss out the finished project, knowing that it didn’t take a lot of time or money to create it. I don’t think I want to throw any of my little books away, though!
I have used it myself, too, for processing some health issues lately. How wonderful a little container it is. And so informal. It feels good to hold in my hand later, too.
Thank you for this wonderful gift. I believe it will be magical in many ways for me…in my own writing. You are a wonderful teacher and so gracious in your generous sharing of resources and information….You are a mighty wind in the mixture of poetry and art-writing.
—Nessa M.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2004

“…I really wanted to thank you not only for the joy of making the tiny journals, but for all that I learned listening to you teach. Even when you are not speaking in poetry quotes, your own words are so clear and clean that they ring of poetry. Lines like “You can never make the same mark twice” and “The mark depends on what you are marking with and the material you are marking” are very profound statements and a huge metaphor a major truth of living….I plan to continue with what you showed us, it was fun of course, but it was such a strong tool for closure and completeness….
You are a fabulous listener, and teacher. I am so grateful that I had two days in with your light. The white and silence speak too. You’ve moved me deeply.”
—Cathy A., writer, Darien CT
after the workshop at Convent of St. Birgitta retreat, August 2003

“This workshop…has provided instruction of superior quality and expertise; provided an atmosphere for both creative expression and for the building of meaningful relationships. I have benefited by getting in touch with my personal creativity, being able to develop that gift; and enabling me to transcend above the daily pressures of illness/health….This workshop has created an atmosphere of love…and added to the sense of peace, harmony, and caring which is so beneficial to the human spirit….It has enabled me to reach into my life for greater understanding, to recall the past in a way which is creative, and to achieve a sense of composure, serenity, and peace with the past and my life. The methods used in the class are basically simple and have been good tools which I shall be able to recall and use throughout my life. These techniques have enabled me to get in touch with my creative soul. The atmosphere of the workshop is one of its great strengths; it is a safe, healthy, wholesome, spiritual, supportive time which enriches my soul and bathes it in love.”
—Robert L-T, board member, Newark Museum
Participant, Soul Tracks for Seniors year-long program, 2001-02
New Brunswick Senior Resource Center, New Brunswick, NJ

“There were issues, developments, highs and lows in my life that I have never thought of discussing with anyone. Low and behold Linda’s teaching of quietness, thoughtfulness and thinking it through brought it all out, far reaches and innermost thoughts of my soul….I find it warm, lots of fun, knowledgeable about others’ life, a sharing of exploits, different cultures, and feelings, willingness to share.”
— Ethel D., retired school teacher
Participant, Soul Tracks for Seniors year-long program, 2001-02
New Brunswick Senior Resource Center, New Brunswick, NJ

“These lessons were good for me to put me in a calm state; and to learn the various methods….Gave me insight into my past life and how important it is to put some of your experience in writing to be handed down to the next generation who may be surprised at the way Great Great Grandma lived!”
— Violet E-T, retired administrative assistant, Johnson & Johnson; Participant, Soul Tracks for Seniors year-long program, 2001-02; New Brunswick Senior Resource Center

Dear Linda,
I don’t quite know how to thank someone for the gift of education. The things you taught me will stay with me for a lifetime. I learned so much, not only about writing and materials, but how to relax and enjoy the art and understand the Spirit of Calligraphy. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your books. Thank you for guiding me in the right direction. I have enjoyed coming to class each week. It was a pleasure meeting you, you are an inspiration! Wishing you the best in your endeavors!
— Lynda A., calligrapher
Doylestown, PA

Dear Linda
…I met you in Trenton conference when I took your Italic class there — I often think of things you taught me in that class — they have become a part of “style”! Teachers do touch lives. With appreciation and sincerity,
— Kathleen B. calligrapher

Dear Ms. Lanza,
Mr. Michael Bullous, a Churchill Fellow of 1992, visited the USA earlier this year and has written to say how very much you helped him while he was there. The Council of the Trust have asked me to say how very grateful they are for your help and for your contribution to the success of this Fellowship.
Yours sincerely,
— Sir Richard Vickers, Director General
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, London

I would like to thank you for making this experience an unforgettable one. When I look back ten or fifteen years from now I will remember the gracefulness of your teaching method in the art of calligraphy.
— Ann Korczynski, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Calligraphy is so much more than fancy handwriting or neatly printed words. Calligraphy is an expression of the words’ emotions. It decides the mood, the excitement, and the simplicity. It is a unique form of art that I have enjoyed from the very beginning. The art/act of calligraphy is relaxing to me. It soothes frustrations and works as a therapeutic session. I lose my train of thought and track of time. The aspect of calligraphy that has most engaged my attention up to now is explained in one word: possibility.
— Rachel E. Daleo, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

When I signed up for the calligraphy course to fulfill a necessary elective, I had no idea how narrow my definition of it was. Our professor has expanded my understanding of the art form and the various applications and tools that the craft makes use of. Admittedly, I have a long way to go in order to achieve the results that I aspire to — it’s a lot more difficult than I had anticipated! It’s interesting to observe the “artist” that is emerging not only in me but also in all of my fellow students. Our professor has pointed out the uniqueness of each person’s style and imagination, which contributes to the distinctive product that is created. Knowing that there are no limitations to the imagination or harnessing of willpower makes me more comfortable and confident in my own composition. It is pleasing to know that I am acquiring not only the skills to produce pretty lettering, but also the knowledge and the appreciation of a beautiful art form.
— Maureen E. LoBello, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

This is the first class that I have taken where I enter feeling anxious and I leave feeling relaxed.
— Eleanor Clayton, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Professor Lanza has successfully awoken in me a “sense of discovery” as to how calligraphy is my voice and what a beautiful writing experience it can be.
— Carolyn Cumerford, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

My understanding of calligraphy is just beginning….I believe that I will walk away from this class with much more than I expected. I have learned to view calligraphy in whole, to include the feeling of the message by its content and form. I will look more at the materials and textures being used and try to relate them into the feeling of the work to better grasp the message….I do not need to understand the artist’s message as much as understanding what I felt from the work and what emotions stayed with me after seeing it.
— John Kennedy, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

The classroom atmosphere calmed my fears. It has been an enriching experience, even though a lot of information has been conveyed within a short period of time….The benefit of learning this art of writing in a classroom setting is that it gives one a chance to look at other people’s work, the uniqueness in every person’s work is really amazing. It gives one the insight to be attentive to the many little particulars. I found myself even being attentive to writings that I meet in my day to day encounters… labels on food products, cosmetics, newspaper and television adverts.
— Sr. Charity Kaloto, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Calligraphy takes time and I’ve learned that it doesn’t come from the hand, but rather the entire body. Posture, leg position and keeping an open mind is a part of writing calligraphy. I never realized how much goes into creating a piece of art work with calligraphy. This experience opened my eyes to a new form of art….
— Lisa R. Griffin, calligraphy student
College of St. Elizabeth

Dear Linda,
How blessed I am to have had you as a teacher for my introduction to calligraphy! Your love for the art infused each class with your sensitive spirit. This was as important to me as learning “to write”….Thank you for opening the door. Your class filled me with something I didn’t know was missing.
— Khadija A. Karim, calligraphy student
Princeton Adult School