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Geneviève Gendron

  All my life, I have had a hard time creating. I have felt blocked, paralyzed from creating even the simplest illustration. Why did I take the course? I was clueless as how to overcome that. Even going to the university and completing my degree didn’t teach me how to manage it. Focusing on the source of the problem was crucial to me

Sarah Sheppard

My creative practice used to feel amorphous and inefficient. I spent a huge amount of time worrying about my project, feeling bad for not getting anything done, feeling insecure about my lack of skill. Since finishing CFW, the difference is amazing! I no longer wait until I feel up for working…just plant my ass in

Michi Mathias

Ha! Process? Before the Creative Focus Workshop, I would come up with drafts, but not get much further (unless for paid commissions, in which case they would get done because there was a deadline). I’ve been trying to think: What has actually made the difference? When I did the course at first, I didn’t do

Michael Wittmann

Before the Creative Focus Workshop, I felt desperate. I would not produce anything without an external deadline. And even with a deadline I usually did not manage to finish anything more complex than illustrations or single-page comics or cartoons. For years I have aborted all projects of multi-page comic stories. It’s amazing, the progress I’ve

Ed Siemienkowicz

My problem was I couldn’t prioritize and felt like I had to please everyone. I love my work, even client work, but I want to do it all better instead of scrambling all the time. There’s being a workaholic, and there’s being busy all the time because you’re essentially putting out fires. I do not

Bryant Drew Jones

To be perfectly honest, I was super-skeptical about the CFW when I first signed up. I always get kinda guarded with any sort of ‘self help’ content because I find most of it to be mentally satisfying but not actually useful day to day. The reason I signed up was because of Jessica’s Idea Debt

iTunes user Bornfamous

“Out on the Wire walks you through exactly what you need to know to turn your fiction or non-fiction idea into a living, breathing story that readers or listeners can’t put down. And then, author Jessica Abel and crew do themselves one better by offering a free, online workshop where you can post your homework

iTunes user Tsundae

“Whether Jessica Abel means it to be or not, but Out on the Wire is a master class in how to tell a story–something that anyone can benefit from. The thing I love most is that there’s homework in this podcast and they actually review people’s work on in-between episodes. The fact that this is

iTunes user General Xiao

“If you make stories, or want to make stories then you should listen to Jessica Abel. Why? Because she is listening to other makers, and she knows how to break it down. Also, she does not just talk to great storytellers, she turns this into a real class… You can participate and actually be a