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5/5

Zena was always encouraging me to put myself out there and to push through the often grueling process of writing. She cultivated a wonderfully creative space for me and my classmates. My writing was vastly improved because of her tutelage. 

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You're learning from the best

You have a good idea. A script, maybe. You might even be a fine writer. But is your story exquisite? Because it should be. And Zena will get you there. Zena can help bring substance and shape to your story. She can teach you how structure delivers meaning and vice versa. If you learn from Zena, you’re learning from the best.

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Zena was a critical part of our development as young thinkers. We run a video content business as well as an independent film studio. The cornerstone of our work has always been the pattern of story handed down to us from Zena Dell Lowe. It simply works.

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Full-throttle, clear-eyed, fair and kind

Zena is full-throttle, clear-eyed, fair and kind, all at the same time, all the time. I don’t know how she pulls it off. My guess is that when she speaks, she’s already hacked away at all the things she might have told you, cut off all the fat, and left it on the floor. She delivers only what will make you grow. She doesn’t flatter with her feedback. She nurtures. She loves her students too much to give them anything but the truth.

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I spent two years working on my MFA in script writing at Regent University’s film school. In that time span I left feeling like I had learned absolutely nothing. I met Zena during my Final Project in December of 2018, and what I was supposed to learn in the two years I was enrolled at Regent, Zena was capable of teaching me in less than two hours. Regent needs to give Zena my tuition because she did their job for them.

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Her patience and determination is truly encouraging

There are very few people in this world who can coach someone on their story while preserving the central idea and extracting the most of it. Zena is most definitely one of those people. I had the privilege of meeting Zena in December of 2018. She is currently my creative advisor for my final portfolio for my MFA in Script and Screenwriting. She has taught me in a month what most people take years to try and teach someone about story telling and script writing. Her patience and determination is truly encouraging. She has a gift to be able to make you dig deep within your story, see the bigger/smaller picture, explain things until you understand the problems and then leave you feeling motivated to continue forward. She stimulates your mind and allows you to truly think about your story in full detail. I am really fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Zena.

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Invaluable expertise

Zena treats even the most amateur writer as a professional. My personal experience as her student demanded enormous effort from me and in turn produced my best work as a screenwriter. Her expertise in molding narratives would be invaluable to even the most experienced writers in the business.

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I met Zena in spring of 2017 and she gave me wonderful critiques and exercises that significantly improved my playwriting skills. Never thought of myself as much of a writer, but she encouraged me to keep working diligently. 

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I truly enjoyed learning from her

Zena is not only a fantastic writer, but she’s also an incredible teacher! She encourages your creativity, but also teaches you the correct formats for whatever medium you want to write in. She makes sure you have both the imagination and the technical know-how to write an amazing screenplay or stage play. I truly and thoroughly enjoyed learning from her, and I wouldn’t be the creative writer I am today without her. I admire her so much

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This woman is a genius

I was privileged to attend a play writing class taught be Zena Dell Lowe at a small private college in Tennessee in 2010.  Zena fielded scene idieas from individual after individual during each class, making suggestions of direction to develop each one.  She gave us assignments to complete in a time limit, and demonstrated to us that we could produce under that set of parameters.  “This woman is a genius.” I concluded.  Her creativity and boundless energy continued throughout the entire course, helping a roomful of students with a constant stream of encouragements and insights. You could not hire a better writing coach.  She is passionate, and she will care about your project.  I have never forgotten her coaching and encouragements to the class.

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For the first time in my life, Zena got me to notice how important story is to drama through her lessons that highlighted good playwriting and also taught me to notice truly bad playwriting. Without her, I would have never learned my favorite tactic in playwriting: the callback.

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A creative genius

Zena has been a fantastic teacher and gives constructive criticism in a way that inspires one to keep writing. She is a creative genius who understands what truly makes a good story. 

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A thoughtful artist and an excellent sparring partner

Zena’s critique and tutelage helped me build the tools I needed to clarify why I wanted to write a particular story. While I didn’t end up directly applying many of her notes, they provided a trampoline into the story that I was actually after. She is a thoughtful artist and an excellent sparring partner.

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Zena is awesome!

She is highly knowledgable in the art of writing especially for screenplays. She will challenge and encourage you to your highest potential with her fun personality, even if you have no clue what you’re doing.

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I had the pleasure of having Zena’s mentorship on a high stakes writing project for graduate school. Zena’s feedback allowed me to see aspects of my project that needed special attention. She also helped me to get to a place where I felt confident enough in my writing to continue to strive to tell relevant stories that inspire and empower. Needless to say, having Zena as a mentor turned a stressful project into a successful project.

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Zena has been instrumental in my success

Zena has been instrumental in my success as a writer. As a story coach and advisor, Zena has a keen perception of characters, human nature and knowledge of how to propel a story forward. 

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Thank you for taking the time to teach me. You have an amazing teaching gift. I have never seen anyone with abilities like you have. I did truly believe you when you told me that I have a gift, even though you have seen just raggedy attempts from me.  You can see the gift in a person in the raw, and give them the hope that is required to keep them believing through the rewrites and those moments of being stumped. I believe I can do it because you said I could, even though I have done nothing to prove that yet.  The fact that YOU see it gives me courage to plough through the forest, which always defeated me before, because I would say to myself, ‘I don’t really have enough talent to see this through.’  And I would quit. But now, here I am, sitting here with my jaw dropped, risking flies entering.  I began with the question, ‘can I write?’ and ended in a cloud because such a gifted woman told me, ‘you have the ability to change people’s lives with your writing, Chris. You have the ability to write great literature.’  And I believe you.

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Regardless of where you are on the writing journey, Zena’s insight, energy, and tenacity will challenge and strengthen your creative process, bringing into clear view the characters and storyline you’ve thus far only begun to imagine.

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Incredibly creative

It was inspiring to watch you pull ideas from we novice writers, and no matter how nebulous our concept, come up with numerous ways to make our scenes better, to make them work.  The amount of creative ideas coming out of you as we read our scenes to you — I would not have believed if I hadn’t seen it myself.  You are incredibly creative.  You are a fountain of good ideas.

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The Yoda of Screenwriting

Zena has provided valuable insight for the contextual depth of my screenplays and treatments. Her quality advice and ideas for refining the natural progression of my character’s story arc prompted me to dub her, “The Yoda of Screenwriting”. I couldn’t have asked for more. She is a God-send.

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A master of the craft

Zena doesn’t just know the ins and outs of storytelling; she’s a master of the craft. Her advice as a story consultant and writing coach is invaluable to her clients. Zena and I have had many discussions pertaining to my work. Again and again, she impresses me with how incredibly focused, hard-working, and dedicated she is to making every project the best it can be. If you have the opportunity to work with her, don’t let it pass you by! 

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One of the best story coaches around

Zena is highly intelligent, and she is one of the best story coaches around. Zena has brilliant insights and is able to turn the light on for a writer who is too close to their own material to see what needs modified or trimmed. Zena not only is an effective writer and filmmaker herself, she’s able to teach and consult with other creators, on a high level of rare skill, to assist and equip others. I trust her instincts .

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Zena, I want to thank you personally for the amazing input you provided during our time together. I think it’s probably some of the best content I’ve heard in relation to writing fiction in a long while. That and your enthusiasm for your topic is something that makes it even more fun. God has given you a gift of communication–it was a privilege being able to receive that from you.

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More than an expert

Zena not only has a passion for storytelling, but has consumed the countless films, media, and research required to weed out cliches and know her stuff. She is more than an expert. During my first fifteen weeks of sending scripts to her remotely, the notes she gave were so extensive and conversational it felt like she was in the room with me. She quickly develops rapport with each client in a way I have not seen anywhere else. More importantly — the comments Zena leaves on my work never make me feel discouraged or attacked. Her critique is sharp and specific, but it’s immediately obvious she believes in the writer’s talent and wants their stories to grow. As a young artist, I feel a real sense of safety sending my developing ideas to Zena. I know she will always be honest, and suggest exciting possibilities without controlling my voice.

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If you want a story coach who will tell you the truth and has the goods to steer you in the right direction, Zena’s the choice. She pulls no punches and she knows what works.

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Content was exceptional.

Zena’s heart and passion to see lives transformed through the power of visual storytelling is an indelible gift. She is a true master of her craft. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate with such a high-caliber professional. Her content was exceptional. I’m grateful for her intentional efforts to cultivate vision and value in the lives of her clients. I’m especially thankful for Zena Dell Lowe’s words of life, wisdom, and encouragement. I believe the world will be a different place because of what was rooted during our time together.

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Reviews for Critique
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Zena draws on her experience as a teacher and writer to deliver honest, thorough feedback that helps refine ideas and bring shape to your story.

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Zena possesses the hidden Jedi powers of story. There are rules you have not heard. There are secrets you can only imagine. If you are ready, she will teach them to you.

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Zena is honest and encouraging when critiquing a script. She helps everyone she works with give the best they can!! I highly recommend her for any and all script critique needs.

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Zena gave me my first ever exposure to screenwriting and I couldn’t have asked for a better foundation! I’ve now been working in Hollywood for several years and everything Zena taught me continues to serve me well. More recently, her thought provoking critiques have helped me refine my work and make my projects even better. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. 

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Zena Dell Lowe is a professional and proficient writer who is extremely approachable, talented, and insightful.  She has provided invaluable feedback for my writing.  I strongly recommend and endorse her as a writer and a mentor.

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Paoli, PA
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Thank you again for an inspirational journey. You have a tremendous equipping gift. As I drilled down on my screenplay, I discovered two themes and too much content so I’ve split the story and started a sequel. Now I am patching the first feature together. It seems much tighter, thanks to you, and I am currently editing it down for pacing. I hope to send a fresh edit soon. 

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She Went Above & Beyond

I highly recommend Zena Dell Lowe to review your written projects.  She provided a thorough and honest assessment of my original screenplay and her review helped me immensely during the rewrite phase. Not only was she quick in her review and written reply, she also provided exceptional verbal notes over the phone. She went above and beyond what I expected and I will be forever grateful for her help and support in my journey as a writer.  

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I benefited from Zena’s story-telling/structure insight while working on my final project in graduate school. After weeks of working through the first draft of my script, and following reviews with my committee members, Zena was afforded a shortened time to read my draft and offer additional feedback. I was amazed at how accurately she assessed the structural problems and story arc issues, while clearly understanding where I wanted to take my story. I was so impressed by her astute observations and approach, her constructive examples, that I would absolutely seek her out for further script analyses.                                                                 

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Thank you for a compelling Keynote presentation in Indianapolis. You were so focused and direct, I came back to the conference the next day. I regret I was unable to speak with you in person, which is the reason for this letter.

Although my professional background is national security counter-intelligence (I’m a recently retired special agent), many moons ago I contemplated becoming a theology professor. I graduated from Cedarville University and later did course work at Grace Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary.

As I watched you, I kept thinking what a great apologist you would make. Perhaps with Ravi Zacharias and part of his team. Your bio mentioned some education in southern California studying apologetics. Perhaps you are still studying in this field.

Anyway, I’m just a Christian who thinks you would do well in apologetics with your terrific communication skills.

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Zena, thank you so much for your message as a keynote speaker in Keller, Texas. I was challenged to think outside my “Christian” box. Having lived on three continents and growing up among a variety of cultures, I never thought that I had lived out my own Christianity from such a narrow perspective. I was quite smug. You shone light into my heart, and I felt such grief for my arrogance. I hope your message will be included on the MP3 of the weekend. I want to ponder your words for a long time. God bless you.

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Zena, thanks for many good laughs and a few “Amens” during your keynote yesterday. I couldn’t have said it better. Also, thanks for your honesty and the feedback. You have good ideas. I’m praying about your current projects and have asked the Lord to bless you. I guess we’ll see. (I don’t usually have any exceptional clout with Him, but I sincerely pray you may be richly blessed)!

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Spot On

Zena, your keynote was spot on. Thanks for not being afraid to deliver it in the buckle of the Bible belt. Thanks for making me squirm and think a little bit about unnecessary boundaries I had drawn. Thanks for the time you gave to fledgling and hopeful writers down here at the North Texas Christian Writer’s conference. You were very helpful to me and I know many others.

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Zena, I was so impressed—as always—with your keynote. I think your sweet demeanor allows you to say pointed things that NEED to be said. There are so many of us who feel the same way about the caliber of certain “Christian” art being created today, but you and Barbara Nicolosi are the only ones who seem brave enough to say it! But what I especially appreciated was your transparency, honesty, and humility in admitting that you’re capable of murder and adultery. I talk freely about my failures, but I’m not sure I’d be willing to admit that there were split seconds I was tempted to break the seventh commandment. This kind of candid discussion is exactly what the church needs. It moved me in a special way.

All that to say, keep fighting the good fight, Zena. I totally respect you, I totally admire your desire to elevate our craft, and I’m proud to count you as a friend.

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Since I taught high school and college classes for forty years, I really appreciated your lively, dynamic approach to teaching. I also appreciated your afternoon Keynote address in which you challenged us to create good art rather than preaching. As you said, playing the “God card” does not save a poor piece of writing.

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Really Good Stuff

While at the conference, I especially appreciated Zena’s Keynote presentation on “Expanding the Definition of  ‘Christian’ Art.” Yesterday, I came across a lecture by N.T.Wright about Christians and imagination, and it seemed to bolster quite a lot of the same points Zena was making. Really good stuff.

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Write To Publish is almost three weeks behind us now.  Before more time elapses I wanted to take this moment to thank you for your presence, encouragement, and excellent comments during your Keynote. When you shared, I wanted to jump up and down in my seat and yell, “right on!” Time to stop preaching to the choir and head out to find those not even in the church family.  Time to stop being silly-prissy about our stories, to get real, and at the same time not to be gratuitously graphic. God bless you as you work to reach the needy world and help corral the church back on target.  

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Absolutely loved Zena’s keynote—she is so charismatic and entertaining. I resonated with what she shared.

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Really good stuff.

While at the conference, I especially appreciated Zena’s Keynote presentation on “Expanding the Definition of  ‘Christian’ Art.” Yesterday, I came across a lecture by N.T.Wright about Christians and imagination, and it seemed to bolster quite a lot of the same points Zena was making. Really good stuff.

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When I attended the Blue Ridge Christian Writers and Zena was presenting I went to her first class. It was so inspirational and informative that I went to all of her classes, sometimes sitting on the floor. None of her assigned rooms were large enough. I would do it all over again too – she is brilliant yet humble, entertaining yet educational. She is a treasure.

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If you want to laugh, be moved, and motivated, Zena is the answer. She’s fuel for your heart and soul. If you don’t feel a mental and emotional reboot after hearing her speak, you’d better check your pulse. It may be that you’re on the wrong side of the dirt!

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Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Zena’s lectures inspired me to dig deeper into the thematic and emotional arcs of my characters in order to write a stronger novel.

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Florida
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Be prepared! If Zena’s leading classes you gotta get there early if you want a seat.  She’s wonderful.

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The best thing I did in February was to attend the Florida Christian Writers Conference, and once I got there, the very best thing I did was to take your class. I am still blown away by all that I learned from you. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. 

Thanks also for sending the class lectures; they’ve been beyond helpful to me. Over the weekend, I used your “Beat Sheet” to set up and review the chapters in the novel I’m finishing (under contract). That sheet is exactly what I needed and I will definitely be using it for all future novels. And who knows, maybe screenplays, too!

Your class was invaluable to me. I told the Eva Marie that several times. Thank you! 

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I’ve been looking for advanced writing instruction, and you definitely provided it. I’m glad I didn’t miss a minute of your energy and enthusiasm. Everything you taught was beneficial, but these are what I needed most:

  • the discussion on telling the truth
  • set-ups and emotional payoffs
  • visual images/haunted moments

Thanks, too, for talking to me about screenwriting. I’ll be in touch again after I’ve studied the scripts you’ve suggested. Truly, your FCWC class was immensely helpful.

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You are AMAZING Zena! Thanks so much for being willing to share your expertise. We appreciate you and enjoyed getting to know you. Micah (13 yr old) is already breaking down movies. 🙂

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Zena, I want to thank you personally for the amazing input you provided during this class. I think it’s probably some of the best content I’ve heard in relation to writing fiction in a long while. That and your enthusiasm for you topic is something that makes it even more fun. God has given you a gift of communication–it was a privilege being able to receive that from you.

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I want to thank you again for an incredible class! You have done so much for me in changing my thinking about the ABA market, my faith, and (of course!) my writing skills! I’ve been to many Christian writers conferences over the years, and I’m usually disappointed in the content—it’s never anything “new” or different that I didn’t already know. This past weekend, I really wanted to focus on enhancing my fiction writing skills and soak up knowledge—really learn what I don’t know about the craft. You did all of that for me and more! Once I get a completed draft, I would like to pay for a critique, so I’ll definitely be in touch in the next year or so. Thanks for giving me knowledge and igniting my passion for fiction!

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Zena, I so much enjoyed and appreciated your class. You are an excellent teacher and the information you shared was exactly what I needed to get my novel done this year. I’ll be sending it to you when it’s complete — and I hope we’ll be in touch before then. Wishing you safe travel home and much success in your endeavors.

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Hello, Zena! Thank you so much for your teachings at the conference. I learned so much from your class. The beatsheet was particularly helpful! You were so energetic and made the information so exciting. Thank you for your insights and for sharing your experiences with us.

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Thank you so much for sending the materials. You have impacted my understanding and opinion about watching R-rated movies. I have not done that for years because I was trying to protect myself from the language. I see that I have also protected myself from good work that needed to be seen, so thank you very much! I will pray for you and your life. You are a very special person.

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Many thanks Zena, yours was an incredible class. You’re an amazing communicator and come across as professional, personable, and animated. Loved the class and you. When the Eva Maria sends me the instructor critique, I hope she provides ample pages because I’m going to brag on you ’till the cows come home (ranch lingo?).

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Thank you, Zena. Your class was amazing!!!!!!!

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Zena Dell Lowe’s Continuing Workshop, Hollywood Storytelling Tools, was worth the price of the entire conference.

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Thank you for being such an inspiring teacher

I love what you are teaching because I teach deep POV as allowing our POV character to become the camera (with consciousness). Of course, your class was much “deeper” than mine, but I’ve struggled for years on how to get writers to understand the concept of what I call “layering.” If all I had heard was the portion on setup/payoffs I would be a hundred times richer for the experience, because that is exactly what I refer to as layering. Yesterday’s class had me jotting down notes that I know will bring my next novel to a new level.

Anyway, I wanted to write to say thank you for being such an inspiring teacher. I’m an author who works as an acquisition editor, and your classes enriched me in both fields.

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Thank you so much Zena. Your class, more than anything else I heard, is going to provoke major alterations to my manuscript! Ignorance may be bliss, but knowledge under-girds a professional product that will honor and glorify the Lord…and, hopefully (prayerfully) resonate with readers and ignite their faith.

Combining entertainment with teaching is masterful and, although I don’t have the knowledge to emulate your film clips, I will do my best to teach my writing classes with your example in mind!

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If the only class I had attended at the FCWC was yours, it would have been
worth it. Like you, I’m an intuitive writer and totally got everything you
said–you taught it so well and with such passion! Thank you for so passionately and effectively teaching what you clearly know so well.

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Your classes at BRMCWC were sensational!  I enjoyed every moment! You are a truly gifted teacher. Thanks so much for the lecture notes – they are a real treasure and I will be using them often, especially the Beat Sheet!!

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THANK YOU, Zena

Even though I’m published and know all the basics, when I left your class I fell deliriously in love with writing all over again. 

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Your explanation of dividing my story into 3 parts was revolutionary. I’m an English teacher, and I’ve taught literature and writing for years using the story mountain/6 elements of plot. This is so much better for scene planning. Thanks! I can’t wait to reorganize my story into 3 parts. I so much appreciated your class.

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You are a class act.  I thoroughly enjoyed your workshops.  I will never look at movies the same.  And, I will never write the same. If you are at the conference next year, I will be sure to be there. May God abundantly bless you, as you have been a blessing to me.

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I have been looking over the notes you emailed to all of your students at BRMCWC.  They are amazing.  Your classes were great, but your generosity in sharing all of this information is the best I have ever seen from a teacher.  Thank you for all you have done.  I hope you will return to give others a chance to learn, and some of us late bloomers a chance to learn more.  You are a very good teacher.

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Thanks soooo much!!

I just wanted to express my gratitude for your time, attention, and frank advice regarding my novel. I am reworking it now and believe that your insights will make all the difference. But, WOW! I was blown away by your classes. I couldn’t wait to get to the next, and then the next. Such great info and insight…I sponged it all up and will squeeze it out all year long! I REALLY hope you’ll come back next year. You are a powerful force for Christ. THANKS SOOOOO much!!

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Thanks for the memories… and the visuals that will stick with me as I cull through the outlines and lectures you were kind enough to share. The passion you have is apparent and appreciated, even when it is difficult to hear. It is, as you say, the “truth” and there isn’t anything better. Thank you for challenging the way I think. It’s just good to be reminded to keep on keeping on. I didn’t tie it all together until recently, but one of my takeaways from your class was: if you are going to ‘write it’, be truthful, anything else is just stuff.  

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It was my delight to meet you at the St. David’s Christian Writers’ Conference. When you breeze into a room, the whole character of the place changes! Thank you so much for offering us not only your fascinating information, but your whole self.

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It’s been a minute, so here’s a refresher. I met you last June at the conference in Wheaton, Ill. You were the reason I came to the conference because I wanted to hear you teach on screenwriting from a Christian perspective. And as it turned out, your lectures were life changing for my writing.

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Thinking back, I don’t know that, despite taking your class and eating a handful of meals with you, I ever actually introduced myself to you. Shame on me for my poor manners. My most memorable conversation with you was during lunch the last day when you candidly told me that pursuing publishing within CBA is ‘chicken.’ I appreciated your candor.

My name is Sherry Lenhart, and I’m actually sending you a note for three brief reasons. First, thank you very much for introducing me to the beat sheet. What a tremendous tool. Amanda Stevens and I have maintained some contact since the conference and I told her that, given my almost freakish visual learning style, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to put together something similar. I’ve actually taken the beat sheet and extended it into a rather large storyboard. Again, it’s helped immensely. Thanks.

My second reason is also a ‘thank you’…for the above mentioned dialogue. I’d wanted to discuss the topic of CBA with you for a couple of days to hear your professional insight about its future. Getting you alone was tough.  I figured that moment at lunch was as private as I was gonna get…so I just brought it up then. Thanks for being so frank. I’d actually said to my husband the night before that I wondered if I wasn’t being a coward for focusing on CBA. For you to use the word ‘chicken,’ hit home. Perhaps you didn’t realize that you were giving me the reality rub I neither expected but possibly needed. Thanks.

Third, I’m not involved with film or playwriting, but I’m very interested in following the projects of Mission Ranch Films as an audience member. Too, I really respect what you said during your teachings, during individual conversations and during the opening address at the conference. I’ve noticed you’re on Facebook; are you comfortable accepting a friend request from me? As someone who appreciates privacy and some anonymity,(I don’t use a personal photo for my Facebook picture) I genuinely understand if not. No hard feelings at all.

I hope you’re well, and I hope to be able to stay in touch in some capacity.

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You are without contest the neatest person I got to meet at Write-to-Publish.  Thanks for everything you taught me, and I hope God orchestrates for us to run into each other again someday.

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I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the Advanced Fiction class I took with you at the Write-to-Publish conference last month. I really learned a great deal to apply to my writing. I’ve also been observing the things you talked about in class when watching television or movies. Thanks again.

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Thank you so much for being a great inspiration both at and after the conference. Everything you taught was so good that I am now listening to the recordings. Thanks again and God bless!

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Thank you for your time at the Write to Publish conference.  I agreed with your opening comments.  We have accepted mediocrity from the arts in the church.  Thank you also for critiquing my skit on fasting.  I appreciate your comments about giving the actors something to do.  Thanks again for your time and energy.

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I was thrilled to have talked to you at the Write-To-Publish conference last week. As I told you, you were the reason I decided to come because I wanted to talk to a screenwriter. And as it turns out, your advice was worth more than gold to me. The little time you’ve spent with me has taught me more than I could have imagined. Thank you very much. 

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It was a privilege to sit in on your class. It brought a whole new perspective to the arts. I appreciated the time you spent with me one on one, as well. Your advice that writing my story would be my legacy gave me yet another reason to put pen to paper. God bless you, you are inspiring.

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I’ve been telling anyone who will listen what a wonderful continuing class we had with you. You did such a good job! What a great perspective on fiction writing, and what fun we had learning under your leadership. Thank you so much! I’m excited about putting your information to good use in my fiction writing. God bless you!

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Thank you, Zena. Your classes were fantastic! After one of them, I was so in the “zone” that I shook my head to clear it and asked myself, “Where am I?”

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I learned so much

Thanks for a great week of teaching. I learned so much. Your animated teaching style makes many aspects of your lessons unforgettable. For instance, I will never forget that each character needs his or her own entrance!

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Thank you for the lectures and handouts. I really enjoyed your class. I am a visual person so the movie clips gave me a steady “a-ha” experience. I especially appreciate your encouragement to make our writing attractive for its excellence rather than its exclusion of certain material considered offensive. I will be looking for you at future conferences. And I would love to have you take a look at manuscript once it’s ready. 

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Thank you, Zena, your class was great–interesting, informative and I love
the Beat Sheet and all the story and scene information. I can see that
I need to make some changes. Thank you so much for all the help and info. 

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Thank you so much for teaching your class. It was amazing, and it will really help me with my writing!

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Your words were POWERFUL! They changed the way I write in that I now feel free to write the whole truth, and I LOVED what you said about the Bible being authentic to life!

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You are awesome!  Your class was the single most important thing I needed to hear to take my novel from where it is now to something that will have that punch it was lacking.  I have already been sharing some your ideas with other writers and they are thinking of getting the CDs of your class. Thanks again!

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Thank you for your help and advice at the Write-to-Publish conference. Your suggestions to my story at first alarmed me, but the longer I thought about what you said, the more it made sense. (Among other things, you suggested I add humor to the Christmas vacation story because no one wants to see or read a downer at Christmas time.) I appreciate your honesty and clear suggestions.

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Hi Zena, this is Tyler Kirby, I was at the Florida Christian Writers Conference this past March and attended your classes. I can assure you I was very engaged in your classes. I certainly did appreciate the help you gave me at the conference. If you could only know the seeds you planted in a young writer, just by giving me your time. I thank you so much for that and for sharing your wisdom at the Conference!

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Thank you so much for the notes from your class! They look wonderful! I am looking forward to studying them and applying them to my writing project now.

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Thanks so much for sending all these notes to us! I really enjoyed your class and learned so much!

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Thanks so much, Zena. Your perspective is so refreshing.

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Thank you so much! I cannot begin to tell you what a highlight it was for me to get to sit in on your classes. I learned so much and feel that I have much to pass on to the authors I represent. I wish you the best in your career and look forward to seeing your name everywhere! 🙂

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I just want to say thank you for the help you gave me during the one-on-one at the conference.  I am rewriting the whodunit (half done), and everyone except two law officers and the man killed will be a suspect.  The wife will be innocent.  There are going to be many twists and turns to the plot.  You helped me so much to think critically about it. As soon as I finish it, I am going to have a stage reading (pie and coffee) with my community theatre friends to get more criticism. I’m sorry if I was feeling low during our talk, but you really did help.  I also thank you for the helpful handouts. God bless you and your work in the film industry

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I am a writer for a large advertising and PR firm and I have attended many writing sessions over the years but yours was the best. Thank you for the notes. I enjoyed your classes immensely–they were quite insightful and I appreciated your enthusiasm. Thanks again and take care!

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You are an inspiration

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your presentation at the Indiana conference.  I especially appreciated the energy you brought to your workshops.  You are an inspiration, and I’d just bet I’m not the only one who was in the room who feels that way. The notes I took and the information I learned has been quite helpful.  I am working on my book proposal, and intend to use some of the things you spoke of in the proposal as well as in the book itself. Thank you again, and God Bless You!

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Thank you so much for sharing your lecture notes with us. I learned a great deal from your seminars. I find myself watching television differently now, spotting elements of storytelling that I had not noticed previously. Thanks for opening my eyes to a new way of looking not only at media, but at the world.

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Really great stuff!

Thank you so much for the notes.  I have always struggled with plotting and your sessions helped me to see the process in a new light.  Really great stuff!

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You were a joy to meet and learn from at the ICWC.  You brought everything alive with your animations during your workshops. I had a one-on-one with you Saturday and we discussed the possibility of turning my book into a screenplay. I did enjoy talking with you and discussing some “possibilities”.  I appreciate the advice.

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Thank you so much for reading my chapter, and for thinking it’s working in the book form. Actually, I, too, have felt that the book needs to be published before I get excited about other projects. God’s timing is perfect. The industry is changing. Our nation is changing at frightening speeds, unless one has the foundation of faith in an unchanging God. I’m continually encouraged by the people I meet. And you are one who stands out as a special blessing. Thank you.

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I just wanted to thank you again for investing time and energy in the HACWN Mentoring Conference last weekend. I enjoyed meeting you and hearing your story. In fact, I was amazed at how graciously you responded the zillion times someone said to you, “So, how’d you get to Hollywood?” We are an insatiable bunch, aren’t we? Thanks again for coming, and I hope God blesses your socks off as you continue to pursue your career. I’ll be watching for your films.

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Zena, thank you so much for a fabulous conference last week for NTCW.  Truly inspiring are the words that most come to mind!

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I just wanted to say thanks once again for the time you took to talk with me at this last weekend’s NTCW conference. Your insights and your contribution to my thought processes were invaluable. Much of what you said I believe I already instrinsically understood, you simply clarified it in my head. I pray that all your current and future projects are blessed. Thank you.

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Zena, thanks for the time you gave to fledgling and hopeful writers down here in Keller at the North Texas Christian Writer’s conference. Your classes were very helpful to me and I know many others. Your keynote was spot on. Thanks for not being afraid to deliver it in the buckle of the Bible belt. Thanks for making me squirm and think a little bit about unnecessary boundaries I had drawn.

I especially appreciated dinner Friday evening with the other writers and my “15 minutes of fame” with you. Your advice to help channel my six-year-old daughter take writing seriously now will be taken and my novel-to-be will one day arrive in your mailbox – published, hard-bound, and autographed with a note of thanks for the role you played in helping me overcome the obstacles I faced. As you read it, you’ll be happy to see that the characters and their emotional journey drive the story.

I also want to thank you for the advice you gave me regarding my 20-year-old friend, whom I call my personal movie critic. He has no formal screenwriting training, but is drawn to it with a talent and insight I’ve not seen in such a young man. He’s practicing by writing a screenplay for a video game. I will make sure he attends Act One in some fashion, hopefully at the next one-day event in Forth Worth.

Thanks for sharing, being approachable, personable, and extremely helpful.

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Thanks for all the insight

Zena, I appreciated your classes at the writers conference. Your energy at the low point of the afternoon was just what I needed. Thanks for all the insight. Could you please email me the notes you referenced in the three-act structure class? Thank you!

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Just wanted to say thanks for the feedback at the North Texas Writers Conference last week. I dug your sessions on character and dialogue. And it was cool talking films at lunch. I also appreciate your feedback on my story at the private session. I made edits to my story with your advice in mind. Thanks again.

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Thank You

Just a note to thank you for your desire to help writers grow. As a new writer, I attended your sessions and gleaned a great deal. I am sure in the years to come I will continue to use the material you shared with us.

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I wanted to say thanks again for the wonderful sessions and conference. It feels good just to learn from someone who can simply explain it well. I will be more than happy to receive any other info you mentioned…structure and format help, and examples of scripts.  I’m sure you’re a busy bee…so any help will be greatly appreciated. I will definitely send you the script after I’ve corrected it! It was really nice to meet you. Thanks again for everything,

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We met at the North Texas Christian Writers conference this weekend. Thank you so much for your classes. You helped immensely in bringing into writing the elements of imagery and symbolism. You are a creative spark. Thank you!

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Laurie and I still talk about that wonderful hour we spent with you at Wheaton, and both of us have incorporated what you told us into our books.  What fun!!!!

We are in the St. Louis area…and are interested in anything you do…so please keep us on your mailing list for future events. Blessings!!

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I'm so Grateful to You

I want you to know that I re-worked several portions of my manuscript to include the scene we discussed where the murder suspect approaches the courthouse.  I also included the “hair” symbolism and other visual images we discussed.  I’m pleased to say that a rep from Waterbrook Multonomah requested the entire manuscript, two other publishers requested three chapters, and since I’ve returned home, an agent has also requested the manuscript. This is entirely thanks to you!  I’m so grateful to you for your generosity of spirit when you spent time talking with us.

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I want to thank you again for encouraging me so much during that Friday afternoon meeting we had at WTP.  It was so refreshing, and I felt like you really understood where I was coming from concerning fear and writing.  I have been keeping your advice about setting an appointment time for writing.  Your thoughts and wisdom have helped me tremendously.

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I just wanted to tell you I’m so glad you came to Write to Publish. Your passion for genuine life (as opposed to plastic ‘Christianity’) came through loud and clear; I’m excited to see the stories you tell through Mission Ranch Films.

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I just wanted to thank you again for your willingness and honesty in teaching at the Write To Publish conference. I really enjoyed your screenwriting class and appreciated your interest in me personally, as I felt a little out of place at the conference due to my young age and inexperience. Thanks for everything.

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