"Jean Sands is an exceptional teacher because she listens with her heart."
Bettie Snyder, award winning playwright and author/publisher of Veedor the Condor - the world's only free-flying, yet captive, Andean condor, and Quickies from Romeos & Other Lovers - a collection of recipes from 101 eclectic gentlemen.
"I wouldn't be writing if it wasn't for Jean. She was the one who recognized I was a writer long before I was willing to call myself one. She helped me shape my work with her insightful critiques. Jean has supported me every step of the way and I will always be grateful for her encouragement and belief in me."
Nancy McMillan, reviews play for the Torrington Register Citizen. and co-author of a soon to be published photojournal of March Farms in Bethelehm, CT.
"A few of the articles I presented to Jean and others inspired by her suggestions have been in the Litchfield County Times and Modern Maturity."
WinnieTingley, retired librarian
"Jean is a great teacher and mentor."
David O. Lynch , author of An Ancient Box: The Columbus Plot
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“Jean Sands' writing class taught me that it is okay to write about the good, the bad and the ugly. She gave me the courage to write from the heart. It has been a tremendously therapeutic experience.”
Kristine Girardin is correspondent for the Torrnigton Register Citizen. She was first prize of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) short story contest 2006.
"Without her encouragement, I would have given up long ago."
Fran Pelletier, author of Little Pine to King Spruce: A Franco-American Childhood
For eight years I taught creative writing at the Senior Writers’ Group in Washington Depot. There were many talented writers who brought their stories and poems to me every Friday morning. Among them was Fran Pelletier, a strong and prolific writer. I looked forward to hearing Fran read his stories aloud each week because they were always well written, always entertaining. Fran understood the construction of a good story and some of the dozens he wrote are collected in Little Pine to King Spruce: A Franco-American Childhood (Tilbury House Publishers, Gardiner, Maine, 2003.) While I consider my part in the book's fruition small, Fran graciously honored me in the dedication. His praise fills my heart with warmth and pride. For that reason I include it in part for you, my future students. ~ Jean Sands
"I would like to dedicate this book to my dear friends from the Washington Depot, Connecticut, Senior Writers' Group, and to Jean Sands, in particular, whose faith in my writing talents were far greater than my own.
"It was Jean, our mentor, our teacher, and the moderator of our group to whom I am most indebted. A talented free-lance writer herself, Jean gave unsparingly of her time, her knowlege, and her experience as a writer to guide and help us fulfill our dreams and writing aspirations. Her greatest achievment was not in teaching us how to craft a story, essay, or poem, but in convincing us that we could write well enough so that others would want to read our work.
"Without Jean's encouragement and stimulus I would still be a wannabe writer, always writing, always thinking about writing, and always unpublished."
Little Pine to King Spruce: A Franco-American Childhood is available at bookstores and online at Amazon.com. It is a fine example of the excellent writing beginning writers strive for. I promise you it is a book you won't want to put down. Fran's stories will make you laugh and cry, and remember them always.