“Snode” or Ode to Snow by Samantha Kelly

“Snode” or Ode to Snow by Samantha Kelly

TESTIMONIALS


As a fellow writer once put it, ‘Nynke teaches the unteachable.’ She not only helps each student develop the technical craft of writing, she also helps develop their inner muse—their bright spark of creative impulse. In Nynke’s classes, I found myself in an unprecedented torrent of creative excitement. This, coupled with her genuine support and high-caliber constructive feedback, facilitated one of the most prolific periods of my writing life—and certainly the most enjoyable! Nynke creates an absolutely magical, bursting-with-creativity environment for the discovery of writing, and she brings to the table a sharper eye and more generous feedback than I have ever received from any other writing teacher before or since.
— Malinda Gosvig Rees, MFA, University of Minnesota


You create the magic space that allows people to feel so safe and cared for. You have changed me as a writer, a musician, an artist, and a person. I know that your guidance and example will always be my North star while I’m on this journey, and that is a gift.
— Chris Vasques, distance education counselor

Detail, “Snode” or Ode to Snow by Samantha Kelly

Detail, “Snode” or Ode to Snow by Samantha Kelly

 
Your foundation treads deeper than craft and technique. You give your students wings. Inner voice has the ability to propel or punish—and you choose to propel. Forward motion. Growth. You help us reclaim our voices to give us purpose in the world. There is no ego in you. No credit to be taken. Rather a genuine love for the art of expression and the eagerness and pride you exude in watching your students find their way.
— Candice Rankin, BFA student

In a sketch on “Laugh-In,” the comedian Lily Tomlin in the character of a little girl named Edith Ann, said of teachers, “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” Nynke Passi does just that. In fact, all of the classes I’ve had with her have been life-transforming. She has a way of getting you to dig deeper into yourself than you knew you could and produce genuine, deeply personal material—writing from the heart. One special thing about Nynke is her ability to make you feel as though you are the only other person in the room when she is talking to you. When giving feedback, she immediately tunes in to your individual strengths and weaknesses and tells you exactly what you need to hear. Nynke always provides a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn and share our work. She recognizes that writing is an intimate process, and that sharing that process and its results can be daunting at first. But the rewards of expressing yourself freely, without fear of censorship or criticism, are great, and in doing so, you leave each of Nynke’s classes with new comrades and a more profound understanding of yourself. She brings out the writer within each of us. She compels us to delve into our souls, unafraid, and we unfailingly come back stronger than we knew we could be. —Nina Benjamin, writer, editor


My first writing classes with Nynke inspired me to make the smartest decision of my undergraduate career (and the one that got me into a top-ten MFA program): to take every class she offered, even if I had already taken it and would subsequently receive no academic credit for my work. The reason I did this was that Nynke’s classes offered me something immeasurably more valuable than academic credit; they offered me the opportunity to bloom creatively from the deepest level of my being.
— Malinda Gosvig Rees, MFA. University of Minnesota


Nynke, you have helped so many people open up and feel comfortable to share their voice. Raw, scratchy stutters sandwich long silences, tears, and then there is the truth, the truth of one’s own experience. You carry so much of the earth and the sky, and I am blessed to meet you in between. Cheers to women from far away lands that meet and share their hearts in the sacred place that lies between the heres and theres!
— Nicole Winning, MFA, artist, teacher

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Detail, “Snode” or Ode to Snow by Samantha Kelly

Detail, “Snode” or Ode to Snow by Samantha Kelly