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Coauthor and Student Testimonials

Peter Occhiogrosso was my write hand (pun intended), who masterfully shaped the haphazardly structured outlines I created and delivered by e-mail, together with my long-winded diatribes during our weekly phone meetings, into an initial draft of each chapter for me to expand upon. His persistence and, more important, his patience and good humor kept the project on course while enabling me to simultaneously juggle myriad clinical, administrative, and research responsibilities throughout the writing process. Peter’s expertise is apparent on every page, and I could not have written this book without him.

DAVID H. ROSMARIN, PHD, Thriving With Anxiety: 9 Tools to Make Your Anxiety Work for You (Harper Horizon)            


I could not have written this book had it not been for the unfailing support of Peter Occhiogrosso. A superb Author and scholar of world religions, Peter provided me with his support, both as a writer and as a vast resource of information. Consolidating workshop research that I had gathered for 15 years while creating an archetypal tool for personal inner work became an undertaking that required a “mind mate,” and Peter was that person for me. His constant support as a professional, and his emotional support as a dear friend, Became a spiritual resource that I came to depend on through every month of the journey of birthing this book. I can never thank him enough.

CAROLINE MYSS, Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Harmony Books)  


Peter Occhiogrosso, you heard my voice and helped me share it on these pages. Thank you for the many creative hours spent discussing the meaning of a word, researching topics, and developing concepts so I could convey them clearly and meaningfully. I truly admire you for your brilliant intellect, sly humor, depth of experience, and artful guidance that made this book possible.

PAUL AURAND, Essential Healing: Hypnotherapy and Regression-Based Practices to Release the Emotional Pain and Trauma Keeping You Stuck. (Reveal/Harbinger)     

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since taking Peter's first class, I am so busy with my freelance writing assignments that I don't have time for a follow-up!! Seriously, I leapt into the freelance writing arena shortly after taking Peter's class and the results, due in large part to Peter's help, have been terrific. I'd recommend his class to anyone who really wants to write for publication. Please keep me on your update list. -- Denise Wolf                         

Peter was very impressive…he really gave of himself and I found myself wishing I’d had “in person” teachers so committed.  He was prompt, timely, responsive and always gave a lot of attention and information on the topic at hand.  He really spent quality time responding to people.  I learned a lot from the exchanges he had with others. This was my first experience with writers on the net.  I was impressed—and I’ll be back. -- Pamela Sampel

Extremely happy with the content and teachings. Peter far exceeded my expectations with his wide range of knowledge and insight.I’ve already recommended this class to a few of my friends. -- Kyle Klave

His lectures were extremely thoughful and comprehensive. He took the writing of them seriously, too, as if he was writing a piece for publication. His lectures, suggestions, and editing of our work felt like sitting at the side of a guru who generously shares his personal and professional experience in the field. I'd like to take more classes with Peter when they are offered. -- M. D.

This was an excellent class! One of the best teachers I've had, writing or otherwise. The time he took with each of our assignments as well as what he put into the email "lectures" was invaluable. I have recommended your classes to several people. Really great experience. Thank you. -- Felicia Libo

Peter was seamless in his compassionate, individual approach...his assignments and most especially his writing were philosophically and spiritually inspiring. I would definitely recommend this and already have. Sublime stuff. Keep it up please! -- Beth Jochum

I had never considered that there were many ways of journaling beyond what I already knew how to do. Peter offered a fresh, original approach that gave me lots of new tools. The lessons were interesting and the assignments were great... I think what impressed me most about Peter was the vastness of his scope of knowledge. He pulled information from so many different sources. He shared generously, communicated clearly and kindly. He was encouraging and respectful. -- Bonnie Rose

Peter was fabulous! Supportive and present and with incredibly helpful feedback. Thanks to this class, I now have a paid writing assignment for a magazine! -- S.R. (Would it be possible to use my initials instead of my full name? No need to blow my cover as a beginner...)

I was very happy with this class.... I liked that we worked on one piece for the whole eight weeks and that Peter took us through each step of the process. For me this was much more helpful than having someone give a thumbs up or thumbs down and then not tell me how to shape the piece so that it is ready for publication. Peter, of course, made all the difference. He said he was going to be tough but really, he was very kind and helpful. I also felt Peter was totally approachable and open to any questions we had about writing. He also treated us all the same no matter what level we were at and was encouraging at every step of the way. I thought of him as a mentor as much as a teacher. -- Suzan Tessier

Overall, I found the class to be a rewarding experience -- having never taken a course over the Internet I wasn't sure what to expect, but I feel I got my money's worth and will very likely take another class or two in the near future. ... Peter Occhiogrosso was excellent - the structure of his class was laid out comprehensively and was challenging enough to get the juices flowing, but not daunting. He was fluid and articulate with the assignments and he responded succinctly to questions we had. Give the man a hearty cheer and some organic apples! I came away from the course with sharper skills and new knowledge that will undoubtedly help me with all areas of my writing... And lastly, yes I would recommend your classes to friends (and family too!) And have done so... Thank you all for an excellent effort and for providing quality instructors to teach valuable courses available to mere mortals on the fringes of cyberspace. I look forward to joining another class soon. -- Mel Bearns

I took a magazine writing class from Peter Occhiogrosso this fall with Writers on the Net. My piece that came out of that class is being published. I wanted to share that news with Peter and thank him. -- Amanda LeBrun

The lessons for each week were well written, fun to read, and covered the full range of topics related to magazine writing. Peter is a wonderful teacher. As it turns out, my query letter to AARP magazine got me a phone call from the health editor and an assignment to write an article on heart surgery for the November/December issue. Peter's editorial help was instrumental in getting my query letter polished, and his encouragement was equally valuable in convincing me to take the risk of rejection and send the query letter to the magazine. I'll continue to spread the good word about your website and classes to the aspiring writers I know. -- Kelly Griffin


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