What people say about Jo
“With exquisite skill, Jo creates an atmosphere where class participants feel comfortable to delve deep into their lives and to experiment with different writing techniques. She listens intently as participants read their work; then recaps phrases, images, or other examples from that work to provide specific meaningful and supportive feedback. Her ability to perceive the potential of a story and guide its improvement continually impressed me.”
Corrine Glesne, Ph.D, Professor Emeriti, University of Vermont on Write Life Stories at The Watermill in Tuscany
“Swathed in a supportive bubble the Me-Treat allowed my writing to flow, inspired by all the elements of the course.”
Melanie Bolland of Penang Me-Treat, November 2017
"For a week I became an honorary woman. Eleven women and me, all intent on learning the rudiments of how to write a memoir. I went home with my manhood intact, but I also left the Watermill knowing considerably more about the shortcuts and methods of chronicling my life. Under the careful, learned and sympathetic supervision of Jo Parfitt, I am now twelve chapters into my magnum opus and not a morning passes when I don’t refer to the notes and advice Jo passed onto me."
Laurence Marks, England, co-writer of Cheers, Jersey Boys and Birds of a Feather on Write Life Stories at The Watermill in Tuscany