Comments from professionals and students

Lesley Valdes creates a wonderfully supportive environment in her workshops through close reading and thoughtful analysis of each individual’s work. She is a talented writer, adept at facilitating group discussions on craft as well as the writing life.

Christine Kendall, author of Riding Chance, Scholastic Press

Lesley gives astute advice with encouragement. She reads attentively, and offers creative suggestions to guide her students along their own paths. I have learned a lot from her about writing and being a writer. She gives guidance gently.

Karen Johnson

I have learned so much in just a few classes and I hope to continue with Lesley as a mentor.

Chris Precise: 12th grader: YMCA Achievers Program

Lesley gives much more than we expected of a tutor for our ninth grader at Strathaven. We were very happy with her work with Karthik on his Honors English essays.

Boopathi Ettikan






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