Fellow Writers Speak...
Each and every time I received a writing critique from Eric, his comments have been smart, insightful, and challenging.
After taking his direct advice on a piece, I received a local first place writing award, and I am certain that I would not have achieved this success without his input. He has a definite pulse on what works in writing and what doesn't, and he is able to communicate this clearly and effectively in an encouraging way that is easy for a writer with a delicate ego to receive.
More than all of this, Eric is one of the hardest working editors/writers I know. He has the discipline and drive necessary to work within a self-imposed schedule, and as a result produces amazing work.
Eric is a rare mix of someone who can actually write as well as teach, and it was an honor working with him at Queens.
I worked with Eric Wyatt during my second residency and semester in which we exchanged, read and critiqued our peers' fiction submissions. Not only did Eric's contributions to our peer group enhance the basic low-residency experience, his feedback directly contributed to the long-term improvement of my writing skills.
Overall, Eric is intelligent and brings keen insight and generous feedback to each submission period. His own work reflects his mastery of language, essential craft elements and scope of imagination. In story critiques Eric provides a clear summary of the work, a deep exploration of how the story succeeds certain craft elements, as well as suggestions on how to bring the story into its best form and truest voice. He has a great ear for rhythm in a work. His sense of humor is wonderful and is always welcome to lighten what can often be a too-serious focus on storytelling. He reminds us to learn the rules, then have fun in writing fiction.
During our semester together, Eric went beyond the low-residency's standards by pro-actively setting up and facilitating a virtual monthly classroom discussion. This improved our personal connections as a group through the semester. We also regularly kept in touch via social media to maintain emotional support in our writing circle.
At a personal level, Eric is a well disciplined writer and teacher. He writes every day--producing new stories, revising, maintaining his blog and business--which is an inspiration. Eric followed up with me after the semester and we continue to talk about writing, craft and publishing. He is genuinely interested in and supportive of his peers' work beyond the required semester and this creates a supportive writing community.
Eric's gentle manner and sense of humor, combined with his insightful critiques and his challenging teaching style go beyond the essential requirements for an instructor.
His critiques all encompassed a range of feedback, from line edits suggesting word choice and word placement to the "big picture"--thematic intention and the overall impact of my work. He was thorough and knowledgeable and (yikes) honest. But most importantly, he gave practical suggestions to take my work to the next level.
I have had the privilege of hearing Eric Wyatt's wisdom about writing for many months now, particularly in our online discussions about writing. His insight about writing and writing practice is always sound, practical, and inspiring. Even though I've been writing for many years, I find myself taking his advice quite often. In particular, his knowledge of writing tools and strategies gives me new ways to broaden and deepen my work. I highly recommend Words Matter Creative Writing Instruction.
What Others Have Said...
I had the opportunity to work with Eric Wyatt while compiling the book, Can My Marriage be Saved? True Stories of Saved Marriages, for Pass It On Publications. While Eric's contribution to the book was non-fiction, his writing style maintained a novel-like quality. His words effectively created both vivid mental images and a powerful emotional tone. In addition to being a gifted writer, I found Eric to be timely, dependable and easy to work with. Can My Marriage be Saved? has sold more than 10,000 copies to date, and we have received nothing but high praise for Eric's creative contribution to the work.
Eric is an extremely knowledgeable, dependable, and motivated person. He maintains high standards of personal integrity, and is someone who can be trusted to take the initiative in projects and see them through to completion.
Eric routinely surprises me with knowledge and ability I didn't know he had. He places strong emphasis on growing personally. He also has unwavering focus on the details of whatever project he has worked with me. I consider him a strong asset to my network.
Eric's list of business talents are too long to list in such a short space, but he is an extremely intelligent individual with a unique talent for being able to look at a situation from all angles, analyze it, and find solutions you never thought about.
His ability to combine humor with learning created a relaxed environment for the students to free-up their thinking skills and open their minds to the concepts that were being introduced. Few people have shown the level of care and love for accomplishing what is best for students than what I have seen from Eric.
Eric does an outstanding job writing for my clients. As a wordsmith, Eric captures ideas creatively. Great to work with.
Eric is a dedicated professional who has a passion for his work... Eric is a gifted writer.