“Dedi Felman is nothing less than an extraordinary editor. Her gift is to see right into the innards of a story, and to tinker, ever so delicately, with the invisible machinery that makes a book work. She manages to be both very tough and unfailingly supportive, a rare combination. Working with Dedi is an experience I cherish; she stretched my ability to its limits and got me to write the best book I could.”
–Jonny Steinberg, author of Sizwe’s Test, a Washington Post Best Book of 2008, and winner of the Windham Campbell Literature Prize
“Dedi was a godsend. With an expert eye, she helped me identify the things I was too close to evaluate fairly: what was working, what needed tightening, and what could be cut. Dedi patiently led me through the story beats with pointed questions and observations that brought clarity to the maddening puzzle of my first draft. The revised story won first place at the 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference writing contest.”
–Shannon Skaff, author of The Name of the Moon, winner of the 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference Contest (fiction)
“Dedi was an ideal partner, motivator, and mentor throughout the process of writing my book. She provided key advice about the work’s themes, organization, and other big-picture issues. At the other end of the spectrum, she edited the text with a fine-tooth comb, suggesting changes at the word, sentence, and paragraph level. The lessons I learned from Dedi still resonate with me years later.”
–Michael Bobelian, author of Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice
PRAISE FOR MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION:
“Thank you SO much for this [editorial letter]! It’s exactly what I needed. I’m very excited to go deeper and make it work now. I’ve started a document listing the characters, with bullet points for their character traits, histories, struggles, motivations, etc. Your letter is a road map for where to go with it. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this incredibly valuable input and the way you’ve laid it out for me.”
–Pamela Peterson, author of The Trip, subsequently signed with Dystel, Goderich and Bourret
“Thank you so much for your notes, and for this follow up. I can’t tell you how helpful I’ve found them. I wish I’d found you before I started the publishing process! I feel like issues that you’ve found and solutions that you suggest will do so much to strengthen the novel, and I’m eager to get back to work.”
–Johanna Stoberock, author of Pigs, forthcoming from Red Hen Press in September 2019
PRAISE FOR TEACHING:
“[Book Development class] was a great experience–the perfect blend of discomfort and encouragement. I grew a lot and now have a solid outline (and a dilemma) from which to work.”
— Julie Clark, author of The Ones We Choose, developed in Book Development class
“Thank you so much for your last class. I learned so much. I took a fragmented idea and developed all the elements for a good story.” — Paula B.
“Dedi is an amazing instructor who really digs deep to hone your vision. She latches on to the heart of your story, nourishes that vision, and gives you the tools and notes to see that vision realized. She’s patient yet firm, and works tirelessly to ensure you are supported throughout the length of the class. I would email her between classes with questions, concerns, fears, and thoughts, and always got speedy replies that were both thoughtful and thought-provoking. She not only gave me new perspectives, but also pitched story solutions that gave both of my scripts (spec and pilot) new depth and meaning, and challenged me to become a better writer. I’m very proud of the work I’ve produced and have grown exponentially under Dedi’s guidance.” — Natasha H.
“Dedi is a helpful, patient and knowledgable teacher who imparts structural tools about television writing that helped elevate my script. She is also a wonderful human being, and it was a joy to be in class with her.” — S. Schwartz
“I’m naturally very skeptical and, after having spent tens of thousands of dollars on a college education already, I was worried about investing more in yet another program. But after Natasha H. took the course and raved about just how great Dedi was as an instructor, I had to find out for myself. I couldn’t have made a better decision for my career as a writing professional. Dedi was so very patient with my very high-end expansive concept, helping me focus my ideas, characters, stakes, goals, and conflicts. She helped me streamline my concept, focus on the process of character analysis and outlining, and really comprehended what I wanted to accomplish with my pilot. Thanks to Dedi, I’m more disciplined with my process and so much closer to completing my pilot.” — Greg P.