Writer's Workbench Testimonials
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Thank you for taking the time to visit with me. You always make me feel like your number one priority when I call; that's a rare experience in the 21st century.
I want you to know that I promote WWB to everyone who will listen. I have been a high school English teacher for 17 years, and WWB is
still the best tool--silver bullet is more like it--for attacking all of those "issues" that occur in student writing. One session with WWB, and the students are "hooked." Some refuse to submit work that
hasn't had the WWB treatment, and year after year, I hear the
students finally taking ownership (and pride) in their writing.
Many students have reported that the first things they examine in their
writing (automatically now) are the very ones that WWB used to
have to identify for them. The learning is transferring--that elusive measure of effectiveness
for which all teachers strive.
Now for the self-indulgent perk: I no longer spend my time marking the mechanics of papers, and WWB helps me
differentiate for every student. Students often bring their drafts and the WWB reports to my classroom for further coaching; some are using the software for all of their classes. Now, I require the students to submit a WWB report with their final drafts; the report will reveal whether or not they tended to key aspects, and I can evaluate 90 essays in a week without late-night sessions. I'm no longer grumbling over mechanical errors that detract from the merits an essay, and I am able to focus more instruction on style and diction and all of those other valuable traits that are often upstaged by such "gems" as subject-verb agreement or vague words.
WWB is the best thing to happen to Writing Education since the word processor replaced the typewriter.
Bottom line: For people serious about learning and teaching written English
Review: A proverb summarizes our reaction
to Writer's Workbench:
Writer's Workbench differs from the other editing software we've reviewed in that Writer's Workbench is more a teaching aid and a learning aid than a program you use for a "quick fix." You do not use Writer's Workbench to make onscreen corrections to your Word document; rather, you use Writer's Workbench to learn how to write well. You can then apply the software's lessons to your writing for life.
Writer's Workbench analyses your Word document and suggests areas for improvement. The software covers many aspects of writing well, including word choice, sentence length, and correct grammar. Unlike other software, Writer's Workbench explains the reasons behind its advice. . . (more in review)
From the Tech Director at a New Jersey Catholic School -
Just wanted to let you know what our decision is on the replacement for Criterion as a software to assist in improving our students' writing skills. Our English Dept Chairperson investigated and evaluated 6 (including Criterion) software applications. She did a very thorough job and I have to commend her on her persistence with this research.
We already had been using Criterion for many years and, as you know, the English Chair did not feel that it was completely meeting our needs and goals. She investigated MyAccess! (Vantage Learning), Write-to-Learn (Pearson), spellcheckerplus.com (a British product), Write Cycle (Turn-it-in's companion software) and Writer's Workbench.
The decision for our school is Writer's Workbench. It is very comprehensible and very affordable. How often do you get both of these in one sentence?!?!?!?
As a short story writer and novelist, I have been using Writer's Workbench to improve the quality of my writing for the last five years. While some analysis sections of Writer's Workbench aren't relevant to my needs as an experienced writer, ten analysis sections have been of tremendous help to me.
Many writers will tell you that it's all but impossible to edit their own writing. I'm one. What Writer's Workbench does for me is force me to slow down and review all the mistakes that I lost sight of while working on the plot and characters of my stories. Writer's Workbench helps me find errors, clarifies my writing and forces me to review the grammar aspects of my writing and, I hope, improves the overall quality of my stories.
The other aspect that I have found helpful is that the technical support is not only knowledgeable and fast but also friendly. Of course, the program is so stable, I've only had to use tech support a few times but it's still great to know the help is there when I might need it.
I find Writer's Workbench a critical tool in my arsenal of writing aids.
Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that again by book received an award. I used WWB as part of my editing. It significantly improved the quality of my work. The last time that I contacted you I had won an award from the Hollywood Book Festival for runner up in the Non-Fiction History category.
Last weekend, I won the San Diego Book Awards First Place in Non-Fiction (History category).
http://sdbookawards.com/winners_2010.php This is a very important award for me. Again thanks for creating a product that helped me to achieve this goal. As always, I have a link to your product on my web site home page.
Home School Magazine endorses Writer's Workbench.
I find Writers Workbench to be a great writer's editing program. I now call it the "WWB task Master", because it can effectively [deep-dive edit] blog posts, full length articles, and other written works. Their customer support is also very willing, and knowledgeable, and can effectively address any questions you may have about how to get the most benefit out of their product.
I would highly recommend this software to other writers and business professionals to help keep them at the top of their communications game.
Peter Sabbagh, VP - Blue Sky 365 Digital Marketing
I am very pleased with the Writers Workbench software. By far, it is the best grammar checking software on the market.
- Counsel, Healthcare
"I love Writer's Workbench.
Writer's Digest Review -
WRITERS WORKBENCH is a cool program that works with Microsoft Word and runs analyses of your work by linguistic category, so you can see which areas of your craft you need to work on. Using too many to be verbs, dangling modifiers or incorrect punctuation? This program will show you just where youve gone wrong.
"I began using WWB less than a year ago to help me in the writing of a novel that I have been struggling with for several years. I began using WWB on Chapter 57 and I am currently on Chapter 70. (There will be about eight or ten more chapters.) I can hardly believe the improvement in my writing.
What your program does is to make me slow down and examine every sentence I write. Almost inevitably, when I stop to consider what I've written, I can improve it. Even when I argue with some parts of the program's analysis, I am learning to write better.
I go back to my grammar books and that always helps me. When I finish writing the last few chapters, I will go back to the beginning and work through the whole book from beginning to end with your program. I know that my novel will be infinitely better after I've done that work than it is now. I look forward to seeing the end result.
WWB is the best writers' helper I know of and I wouldn't be without
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"Writers Workbench has been an extremely helpful tool in the creation
of thesis papers for my high school junior English class.
"Writers Workbench has significantly helped in my academic writing.
"Computer programs used in college and university ESL labs are often
more or less adaptations of grammar exercise books.
"WWB offers my students objective feedback about their writing that
helps them improve their writing.
"I'm a writer of fiction and non-fiction and have enjoy using the
Writer's Workbench for reviewing my texts to see if I'm improving my
work, especially in the area of useless and needless words.
"What a surprise! I've already downloaded WWB 8.4 and it runs
perfectly! I will make good use your program. I'm retired and have been
working on a novel for half a dozen years. So far, I rewritten only six
chapters of my 70 + chapters using WWB 8.3 and the resulting work is
much, much better than I could do on my own. It astonished me when I
took everything in your program seriously and reexamined what I'd done.
In 1952 I attended McGill University and had a creative writing teacher
there (Constance Beresford-Howe) who used to correct my writing with a
red pen. I've often wished I was still in her class and had access to
her knowledge about writing. Well, with your program, I have that
knowledge at my finger tips. It's more valuable than I can possible tell
you. So I thank you very much for sending me this program in its latest
"We have been using Writer's Workbench for many years now and
wouldn't teach an English writing class without it.
"I was quite surprised when I wrote seeking help with a technical
disconnect problem and ended up discussing my problem by phone to
resolve the issue.
"Both of my daughters have used WWB at Glenbard North High School to review
and improve their English and Humanities papers.
"I would recommend Writer's Workbench to all students and teachers.
"The staff at Writers Workbench worked directly with the district to
help provide staff development in the use of Writer Workbench.
"Writers Workbench challenges my students to actively revise their
papers versus completing a spell check.
"Id like to share the following from one of my Composition I
students 'Writers Reflection' following his final paper.
"The Johnson County Community College Writing Center has been using
the Writer's Workbench program almost since its inception.
"The best, quick trick I love about WWB is using the 2.1 analysis
program that flags to be verbs.
"I have recommended Writer's Workbench to my virtual graduate
learners from all over the country.
"I just wanted to let you know that my project, 'Through Phantom Eyes
- Volume One - A Child's Guidance,' is finally finished and in print.
"I would have not got through the first half of the doctorate program
(without Writer's Workbench).
"I do a lot of writing and I know that the revision process - making
sure that my work is error free, interesting, and engaging, is a long,
difficult and time consuming endeavor, especially without an editor.
"My primary job is a caseworker for the court system, but it's my
role as a writer covering professional boxing where WWB plays a crucial
role for me.
Other than a few entries which are software reviews, this list is but a small representation of our customers; we have posted only those who are familiar with and willing to share how they are using Writer's Workbench to help fortify their own or their students' writing. We've asked all for their permission to post their information; and we ask that, if there are any changes, corrections, or additions, they send e-mail to email@example.com. We'll make changes as soon as possible.