Isobel generously shares with the writer’s class her expertise, experience and insider’s knowledge of the world of writing and publishing. That alone is well worth the price of admission. Of even greater value, however, is her leadership. She inspires, cajoles, supports and pushes her students to find their writer’s voice and share it. She is honest and positive in her evaluations. The atmosphere is collegial and productive. The very act of bringing one’s writing attempts to the table can be nerve-wracking and tense but Isobel’s humour, love of words and respect for all of her students creates an atmosphere that has resulted in publication success for many. For those who may otherwise have quietly parked their writing efforts in the computer’s ‘save’ or in a drawer to gather dust, I strongly encourage you to join a class. Christine Barbetta.