I was a student in the Redbud Writing Project and it was amazing. I never had a piece critiqued in workshop before taking this class. The process was well thought out. Each student was given individual attention to help build confidence in their work. It was just what I needed to help define what my book could look like when it’s finished. If you are thinking about writing a book or if you have one that you’ve finished...the powerful women of Redbud can help you bring your dreams of becoming an author to reality. I highly recommend them as mentors. Much love and respect.
— Kimberley C. (from Facebook)
Emily Cataneo is everything you could want in a teacher. In addition to being a talented facilitator, she is also friendly, punctual, thorough, and knowledgeable. I took the Memoir I course with Emily at So & So Books and was impressed by the caliber of instructor and the utility of class discussions.

The curriculum was thoughtfully designed to cover a variety of topics. Each class incorporated diverse learning experiences that allowed students to study an element of memoir then practice it in a writing prompt. As a result, my writing improved in just six weeks. I’m excited to enroll in Redbud’s next session of classes.
— Kate S.
As someone who has been wanting to focus more on her writing, I found the Redbud Writing Project Fiction I class to be extremely helpful in giving me more structure and accountability. The workshop environment was very positive and supportive and the instructors gave extremely thorough and meaningful feedback on my short story. I was pleased with the in-class exercises and am excited for my writing to take off in new directions.
— Jessica L.
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Absolutely loved my first foray into a Redbud fiction-writing class, led by Emily Cataneo at Quail Ridge Books. The classes provided excellent structure, stimulating discussions, and thoughtful exercises designed to create confidence while bringing our creativity to the forefront, every step of the way. I appreciated the readings and shared inspiration, and I found the workshopping especially helpful. Kudos to Emily and Redbud! I’ll be back!
— Sarah B.
I took two fiction classes with Emily and plan to take a third this fall. I have gotten so many great ideas and have spent more time writing as a result. She is a gift to the writing community. She is prepared with interesting, challenging assignments, and she is a great editor, teacher, and listener. I highly recommend Redbud Writing; it is a fun, affordable way to learn and workshop your writing.
— Lori E.