Excellent editing and comments.
Great work Nick. Appreciate the direct and thoughtful feedback. Excellent suggestions throughout!
Nick’s keen insight as an editor is excellent. His high-quality skills as a successful writer are evident in the precise guidance and instructive input he gave me for the three short story projects I submitted to him. He was extremely responsive and willing to build a productive rapport as we worked together, and these two things were invaluable to me. I look forward to working with Nick again soon.
Nick is a real gem; he knows his stuff and challenges you in ways that vastly improves the final work product – I’m hoping we can work on another project together.
Excellent insights and edits.
This is the first time that I worked with Nick and he is very patient, detailed-oriented and good at his job ! I highly recommend him . My work was an art history related document of three pages.
“Nick Fowler is one of the most outstanding creative writing teachers I’ve ever come across. I’ve taken lots of other courses in the city and there’s nobody, even with many more years experience, who can top him. This was a terrific class because of the teacher, Nick Fowler. His guidance and enthusiasm got everyone working at a high level. Everyone brought in a chapter every week.”
-Sharon Sakson, editor, Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall St. Journal
“Out of the all the writing classes I’ve taken, Nick Fowler is the most astute. His comments were by far the most perceptive and pointed.”
-Mark Podowlsky, attorney/consultant
“The reason I am working so hard for this class is that for the first time, my book is starting to make sense to me. I can’t understate what a breakthrough resulted from Nick’s advice. I barely slept for two days after the first class, and by Sunday, I had completely re-architected the novel. I made more progress in 48 hours than I had in two years! And now that the thing appears coherent and manageable, I’m not afraid to pour myself into it.”
-Carla Echevarria, freelance journalist/graphic designer
“Taking Nick Fowler’s class is the best decision I’ve made all year. The intimate setting, incredibly helpful classmates and brilliant instructor have helped me take my embryonic idea and turn it into the 130 pages I have today. Nick has taken my countless years of angst over procrastinating writing and turned it into the most prolific, creative time in my life. Week after week, the class and instructor have given me insightful comments and suggestions. This experience has nourished and refocused me as a writer.”
-Nathalie Hazan, brand consultant
“Virtually every word Nick Fowler said in class about anyone’s writing was constructive. The class ended up behaving very much like a group of friends helping each other out. In my estimation, this largely due to the tone Nick set from the beginning of and throughout the course. The group follows the leader. Without exception, everyone’s writing became significantly (often strikingly) better over the duration of the course. Nick’s natural kindness, his ability to align himself with the wide variety of approaches we threw at him, and his keen eye for the helpful way to guide each of us combined to make him a startlingly effective teacher.”
-Henry Forbes, Demographics Analyst/Consultant, retired
Nick has introduced me to a whole new concept: STRUCTURE – which has proved extremely helpful. Nick is the most available instructor I’ve had – ever. It’s amazing that he is willing to take phone calls, e-mails, etc. as long as he’s awake. He provides insightful and provocative suggestions.”
-Ginger Otis, Freelance Writer/DJ
“Nick is a passionate, supportive instructor who so obviously cares about words and helping others express themselves.”
— Gini Sikes, freelance journalist, TV producer, and author of 8 Ball Chicks A Year in the Violent World Of Female Gangs
“Nick Fowler’s outline method helped me get the novel I always knew I had inside me out on the page.”
-Ann Herbst, author of “Willie: Raising and Loving A Child with Attention Deficit Disorder” (Viking/Penguin) and and freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily News, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, Parents, Redbook , and many others.
“To date, I’ve written over 160 pages (plus a full outline) of my fourth novel since I started this class, and gotten tremendously helpful feedback. I learned what works with readers, what doesn’t, and received terrific suggestions on how to make improvements. “
-Hillary Fields, novelist
“This was the first class I’ve taken since college, eight years ago (!), and it’s made me really want to take more. Nick’s advice and criticism have been enormously helpful. I’m so sad that the class is over–I will miss everyone. I would love to take a class that picks up where this one left off.”
–Lara Asher, editor
“It seems clear to me that Nick Fowler gives the best advice and ideas and, although the classmates are helpful, he is really the driving force behind all of the writing every week and striving to be better. This workshop was exactly what I needed to get going on this novel, and keep going. I thank him for his genius! And for helping me get over my insecurities.”
–-Taylor Morris, freelance writer
“ Nick is so fantastic-a fab teacher and everybody is thrilled and totally getting their money’s worth. What a wonderful job you did in hiring him.”
–Cheryl Asquith, web designer
A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla:
“An invigorating blast of originality, wit and heart…This irresistibly melodic debut novel about love in lower Manhattan resonates like a perfect pop song: You just want to revisit it over and over again…The energy is infectious… A smash.”
–The Los Angeles Times
“So what has changed since Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Cheever recorded the pressures and repression weighing down a sensitive middle-class man trying to make it in a capitalist world? As Fowler tells it, the pressures haven’t changed much…Fowler is an expansive, lyrical, inventive writer…(whose) rueful, funny first novel is informed by a pretty irresistible delight in its own telling…and beautifully economical flashbacks…Fowler’s invocation of his literary heroes is a joy…Curtis’s tender and protective impulses arise most often around a nine-year-old girl named Little Green, Curtis’s Salingeresque neighbor, a vulnerable child whom Curtis would certainly be happy to catch in the rye.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“An inventive, deliriously funny first novel full of genius observations.”
—Time Out London
“Fowler has established himself as the voice of the new generation.”
“Fowler’s story aches with a hurt many people, who’ve loved and lost, should recognize. Salinger created a similar scenario in his great story “For Esmé–With Love and Squalor.” And though we might be tempted to call homage such as this derivative, it seems likely Fowler is behaving a lot like Hemingway, who often mimicked writers in order to display his talent. In short, Fowler, as he ceaselessly strives to ‘make it new,’ transcends the limits of influence to create a solid, distinct and admirable work of art.”
“Fowler has a strong eye for the awkward interactions between the sexes.”
“A superior stylist, Fowler’s writing pulses like a quartz crystal…Sad, hopeful and taut, A Thing (or Two) demonstrates life is worth living because it is hard…Few novels, let alone first ones, deliver such wisdom with as much talent, humor and emotional force: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird comes to mind…A frequently brilliant book.”
—The Tallahassee Democrat
“A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla is terrific–full of passion and energy, but at the same time literary, quirky and with the same oblique and self-mocking charm that makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s such a hit.”
–Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, the number one U.K. bestseller
“An absolutely wonderful first novel…quirky, tender, and hilarious…an unforgettable look at the confused intricacies of the heart.”
–Black Oaks Archive
“Vibrant and original . . . all wit and charm…a cynic’s romance. Read the first hundred pages of Nick Fowler’s novel and you’ll be cringing. Not because it’s bad. Quite the opposite…this love story is so good-almost too good…That a Love Story can arise from the stinking end-of-the-20th-century morass is a tribute to the human spirit.”
“Who is this guy? This is who; if you were to make a list of 50 promising first novelists now working in the U.S., Fowler should be on it.”
“An honest and entertaining love story; Nick Fowler writes with Nick Hornby’s sense of humor and Dave Eggers’ playfulness with form. The characters are extremely likable, funny, sharp; I found myself happy to read their lists of favorite books and movies, as if I’d just taken an instant liking to them at a cocktail party. Fowler’s spirited language and conversational tone make the book a pleasure to read.”
—The Omaha Weekly Reader
“Refreshing…A novel of depth and adeptness, with a fully realized main character and Technicolor phrases scattered on every page.”
–Washington Post Book World
“This author was the one in college writing workshops who everyone knew was as talented as he was weird.”
“The language is alive and relentlessly spry…nothing short of courageous…strangely healing. You will remember what drove you to the edge of your personal love-cliff and you may no longer consider your dive a foolish thing. It will inspire you to think, to feel, to learn. Best of all, it will make you LOL.”
–NYC Big City Lit
“New York and young love in a fresh, form-bending voice.”
– Austin American Statesman
“Witty and sharp.”
“A Thing (or Two) not only paints a romantically hopeless picture of love in NYC, but pulling some tricks out of his gig bag, Fowler runs the gamut from Gen X type colloquialisms to Lynchian nightmarish sequences.”
Praise for My Virtuous Sister…
“Stunning. Haunting. This is awfully good. Fiercely and relentlessly engaging. This book will have a long shelf–like forever.”
-Bruce Jay Friedman, author of A Mother’s Kisses and Stern
“The tenderness with which Nick Fowler’s narrator, Nate, writes about his sister is such a rarity. Few men in literature empathize with women so deeply and with such true understanding of how women approach the world; with real appreciation of their strength and their foibles—of their virtues.”
-Elizabeth Primamore, Author and Playwright, Shady Women: Three Short Plays
“Luminous…a word-drunk love song.”
-Adrienne Sharp, author of The Magnificent Esme Wells
“Nick Fowler has created a character in equal parts loving, lyrical, angry, arch and in mourning, who sets out to tell the story of his famous sister Cordelia Peddie Smout, and in the process tells his own. A tour de force of brotherly, writerly affection that exposes the irony of its title.”
-Janet Burroway, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Buzzards and Raw Silk.
“This fantastic book is full of sex, booze, dope, and all the traps, but at its great big, gigantic heart is the narrator’s love for his celebrity sister (on a spiraling romp through New York City.) Filled with unforgettable characters, My Virtuous Sister is my favorite novel this year.”
-Russell Franklin, author of Cosmic Hotel.
“Nick Fowler is one hell of a writer: the prose is nonstop cool, the material is sad and funny by turns, and he’s as insightful a brother as any lost sister could hope for.”
-Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life.