Testimonials

“Nick Fowler is a true Catholic 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
“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.”
“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
“Wonderful Sample. Highly professional work!”
“Above and beyond my expectations every time so far. Thank you, Nick!”
“By all measures, Nick is hands down the best editor I have worked with. He is fast, meticulous, very creative, and extremely honest. I will definitely work with him again soon.”
“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 (Doubleday/Anchor)
“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
“Much appreciated for the thorough edits and comments!”
“Thanks! It was fast and excellent. I appreciate it!”
“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.”
“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
“Excellent insights and edits.”
“Really detailed and fantastic editing!”
“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.”
“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
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“An inventive, deliriously funny first novel full of genius observations.”
Time Out London
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“I have used a number of professionals on ServiceScape so far, but Nick has simply been the best. Not only can he transform the text into a professionally sounding one, he is also able in willing to add a magic touch of creative writing to it. Thank you.”
“A great editing. Nick, you never cease to amaze me. Thank you.”
“I don’t think there can be someone better.”
“Fowler has established himself as the voice of the new generation.”​
The Stranger
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“Curiously seductive.”
Marie Clair
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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.”
Pop Matters
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“Excellent work & speedy return! He is such a reliable editor. Thanks!”
“Great person to work with, very inspiring and helpful. Brilliant for creative text. The best for any music related content! Looking forward to work with you the next time.”
“I have worked with other editors before with whom I was highly satisfied. Nick left them all far behind, fast. He is now, without a question, my number one.”
“Fowler has a strong eye for the awkward interactions between the sexes.”
Entertainment Weekly
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“His work deserves more than 5 stars! I was very impressed that he was very responsible and thorough. Thank you, Nick!”
“Wow! What an excellent job, Nick. It is thorough, meticulous, and great. I am really impressed. In short, you made the piece shine. Thank you.”
“5 Stars I am positively amazed by the quality and quantity of edits and comments that Nick Fowler provided. What a rare find and delight!”
“An absolutely wonderful first novel…quirky, tender, and hilarious…an unforgettable look at the confused intricacies of the heart.”
Black Oaks Archive
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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.”
Orlando Sentinel
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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.”
Miami Herald
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“Refreshing…A novel of depth and adeptness, with a fully realized main character and Technicolor phrases scattered on every page.”
Washington Post Book World
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“This author was the one in college writing workshops who everyone knew was as talented as he was weird.”
Writing Online
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“New York and young love in a fresh, form-bending voice.”
Austin American Statesman
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“Witty and sharp.”
Heat
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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.”
truthflies
on A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla
“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
on My Virtuous Sister
“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
on My Virtuous Sister
“Luminous…a word-drunk love song.”
Adrienne Sharp, author of The Magnificent Esme Wells
on My Virtuous Sister
“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.
on My Virtuous Sister
“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
on My Virtuous Sister
“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.
on My Virtuous Sister