• “Kathleen Dale is a gifted poetry coach. In the first session, she identified several key areas of my writing that were holding me back and, in each session since, she has nudged me to ever greater releases. With a combination of intuition, probing, humor and simply a great understanding of poetry, she has guided me to a place in my writing where once I only hoped to reach. I feel that my writing is growing more authentic and my voice more clear every day. And she is a fabulous editor, coaching me to find the perfect words and concepts. Because of her guidance, my process of writing has completely changed. Now I really let loose in the idea phase, knowing that I can fine tune when I edit and my work is so much more satisfying. I never hoped to publish but she showed me simple ways to submit my poetry and I’ve submitted several batches. Submitting actually makes the work better! I did not know. And now I know that and so much more and feel so much more skilled at mining my thoughts, feelings and experiences for poetry. Kathleen brings both grit and joy to the writing process. She is a natural teacher. I feel so fortunate to be working with her.”

  • “I consider Kathleen my literary adviser; she is more than a writing mentor and coach.  I consider her also more like my post-doctorate adviser because that is the quality and caliber of her work.  She has taught me to hold back in my writing, as with an image or a word choice, often just a few lines, which may make all the difference.  Her feedback is honest and worthy to consider in the process of revision, which she and I so heartily enjoy.  I have had several poems published because of her work with me and am shopping a completed book now.  Kathleen has keen literary and poetic sensibilities and is generous with encouragement.”

  • “I met Kathleen through a friend and since that day, my writing and my life have changed forever.  I have always referred to myself as a kitchen table writer.  Through Kathleen’s gifts and guidance, my table has now become a banquet of creativity and love through my poetry. I did not know that I could reach the depths that she so patiently helps me explore. Thank you, Kathleen, for your guidance and especially your friendship!!”

  • “My work with Kathleen has truly been empowering for me as a poet. Kathleen is an excellent editor; paying close attention to each word, idea, and punctuation mark in the poem. However, Kathleen respects the poet’s own voice and work, offering useful suggestions that clarify meaning or bring out the poem’s vision.  She allows as many revisions as needed, which is refreshing and helpful– though she is clear in saying when it’s time to put a poem aside or saying when the poem is “done.” Through our work together, I have gained not only confidence in my voice and style, but I have also seen my new poems improve because I am paying more attention to each word in my work. I recommend Kathleen as a coach for anyone willing to share their work with an enthusiastic, committed, and exacting editor!” 

  •  “Kathleen’s reliable writing expertise and her reassuring coaching manner consistently elicit another poet’s very best work.”

  • “She gave me such a fast turn around on the editing of my résumé and cover letter. I am happy to give her a testimonial.”