Jason Ridler is a former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, is a professional historian and writer. He is the author of Blood and Sawdust, the Spar Battersea thrillers ( Death Match, Con Job and Dice Roll), the short story collection Knockouts, and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as the Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. His popular non-fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Dark Scribe, and the Internet Review of Science Fiction.
Jason holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He helped create a national education program for soldiers in Canada, has taught cadets and veterans for over a decade, and is a contributing editor to the Journal of Military Experience, where he has helped veterans from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan write about their wartime experiences. His work as appeared in such publications as Diplomacy and Statecraft, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and War, Art and Literature, among others.
The content was terrific. It got to the heart of the matter quickly and had assignments that helped us focus on what writing from the heart ‘felt’ like. Jay was great. He’s very detailed and generous in his feedback. My experience is limited having only taken two course but I’ve been delighted. The admin staff are awesome. So very responsive that I don’t feel like just one of many. I recommend you folks all the time, and I’ll definitely take other courses.
WRITING FROM THE HEART: HOW TO WRITE THE STORIES THAT MATTER MOST rekindled my fervor for adventurous writing and helped me identify some deep issues that need to be addressed in my writing life. I would highly recommend Jason as an instructor and this class. Jason introduced me to an intense invaluable technique called “plot talks”– a powerful addition to my artist’s toolbox. Thank you for introducing me to Jason Ridler as a writer and teacher. He’s definitely a “keeper” on your list.
Jason was thorough in his critiques and provided valuable feedback on how to improve my work. I got exactly what I wanted to get out of this course, and more.
In the end, the class left me optimistic that I have something I want to say and the determination to just sit down and do it, which is all I wanted. I’ve begun. So ‘thank you!’ to Jay Ridler.
I really enjoyed the lessons and the assignments and found the exercises very helpful in helping me be a better writer. Jason was great. Always answered my emails, gave great observation to my work and was a very positive mentor. I have signed up for another class starting in January. The first class really got me psyched to learn more.
Each lecture and assignment was geared toward looking deeper. Each week I felt myself getting better at finding the story beneath the story. [Jason] was supportive, and helpful in making necessary revisions. I would have loved if there was a 2nd level to this class. I was sorry it was over.
Tthe lessons built on one another and culminated in an idea I would have never discovered on my own. I particularly enjoyed creating a list of loves and hates and writing from that. It added a lot of emotion to my work. I also learned quite a bit from the plot talks. Now I have an excellent tool for digging deep and finding the kernel of what is really driving my story.
Jay was extremely supportive. I think he is the perfect fit as a teacher for this class. Based on my experience, I’d recommend this particular class to a friend. If I feel the need for another course, I will check Writers on the Net.