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Carla and students at FTI University, where she taught a 2-day class in aspects of professional writing

Carla and Members of the Class at FTI University

2-day workshop, “Powerful Writing … for Professionals” was based on strategies and writing techniques in “Write to Influence!” Carla demonstrated teaching points in context of actual business products and life experiences. FTI University is a professional development program that FTI Consulting provides its employees.


Author and speaker, Carla D. Bass, Colonel, USAF (Ret) presents a workshop, "Power Writing" to an audience of 40 at the VA Women Veterans Summit on 14 June 2018.

Write to Influence! workshop, “Powerful Writing” Presented at Virginia Women Veterans Summit

Author and speaker Carla D. Bass poses next to the billboard listing the breakout sessions at the VA Women Veterans Summit

Carla and the Billboard Listing Breakout Workshops. Powerful Writing Appears First

Carla’s Workshop, “Powerful Writing,” Wows the Audience at the VA Women Veterans Summit

  • Session Attendance: 40 Feedback from 35. Per survey participants:
  • 100% strongly agreed/agreed that your session was beneficial.
  • 95% strongly agreed/agreed you were knowledgeable about your subject matter.
  • 100% strongly agreed/agreed they were pleased with your session overall.
  • 95% strongly agreed/agreed they would like a similar session at next year’s summit.

Some specific comments: Amazing; Awesome; Wish I learned sooner; Speak longer; Changing my writing style now!; 30 more similar accolades.

Dynamic exchange throughout! Summit is fabulous for women veterans. Thanks to organizers for opportunity to present!

Carla at Hylton Senior High School, teaching classes on writing the essay for college applications, based on her writing tools and strategies from book, "Write to Influence!"

Teaching at Hylton Senior High School, “College Applications — Essay’s That Open Doors”

Write to Influence! books stradle image of the bulldog, mascot of Hylton Senior High School

Write to Influence! and the Bulldog … Mascot of Hylton Senior High School

“College Applications: Essays That Open Doors”

Taught two groups of students, “College Applications — Essays That Open Doors.” Loved the interaction. See their comments below.

One person accidentally left notes taken during the workshop — I share them here, in the student’s own words, hoping that individual might visit this page [my comments in brackets]: 1) Analyze yourself — Identify what makes you different from other people [teaching point — find a quite corner, identify aspects about yourself … hobbies, hopes, fears, passions, successes, failures, etc., … material from which to draw to compose the essay] 2) If you took a trip, look to see how this experience changed you [teaching point — How did you grow? That’s what evaluators want to see] 3) Powerful writing is a fundamental life skill 4) Powerful writing changes lives 5) Write many drafts [teaching point — write, pause, think … let it sit a day or so. Then refine.]  6) Knock, knock … What do you want?!? You have 30 seconds to snag the reader’s attention … intro, hook.

  • I thought it was helpful and informative
  • The workshop opened my eyes about how to write.
  • It was extremely helpful and illustrative, so I payed attention. No recommended improvements or additions, it was perfect.
  • I enjoyed it a lot … very interactive.
  • I liked it, I learned a lot of new skills.
  • This workshop was very helpful with writing papers and preparing for colleges and scholarships.
  • It was informative and made good points.I learned more about what application officers are looking for and what they don’t want.

A repeated observation … “Bring more homemade, chocolate chip cookies” … I open my workshops with them. This is the BEST hook to snag kids’ attention!

Carla teaches "Powerful Writing for Professionals" at George Washington University

Carla as Guest Lecturer for Mark Amtower at George Washington University

Workshop — “Powerful Writing … for Professionals”

Presented my workshop, “Powerful Writing … for Professionals,” to Mark Amtower’s class (George Washington University’s Government Contracting Master’s Program). Enjoyed my time with them! Mark, thanks for the opportunity!

Students were actually seasoned professionals, primarily in the field of contracting, many were prior military. Really enjoyed engaging with them!

Comment one individual posted next day on LinkedIn … “Thank you Carla Bass for your eye-opening workshop last night! I think I learned more there than any of my writing courses thus far!  Carla is a professional writing coach and author and we are so glad to have had her.”

Author, Carla D. Bass, provides overview of workshop, "Powerful Writing ... for Professionals" to faculty of National Intelligence University

“Write to Influence!” and Faculty of National Intelligence University

Workshop — “Overview — Powerful Writing … for Professionals”

This was an overview and discussion of writing tools and strategies presented to the faculty of National Intelligence University. Subsequent email, “Thank you for a wonderful presentation!”

Author, Carla D. Bass, teaches workshop on writing college essays based on her book, "Write to Influence!"

“College Applications: Essays That Open Doors”

“College Applications: Essays That Open Doors”

Feedback … As concise as the writing techniques I teach …

  • “Compelling and inspirational! Make them give you more time to present!”

  • “Enjoyable and informative! Having us participate allowed us to understand the techniques more easily. Keep doing what you do!”

  • “This is a great class! Wish I had it earlier!”

  • “Great class, concepts, and messages!”

Author, Carla D. Bass, gave writing workshop at Kings Park Community Library

Carla at Kings Park Community Library after her new workshop, “Write to Influence! — Ace Your Annual Review

 New Workshop: “Write to Influence! — Ace Your Annual Review!”

I debuted this exciting, new workshop on 1 March. The challenge, bosses often request written input for your annual review, a nerve-wracking task for many. This workshop makes the process less onerous by helping you identify and convey your key accomplishments with focus and precision. Great reviews:

“Thank you so much for delivering such a wonderful presentation …Ace Your Annual Review!” … to our patrons!  The program was really well done; we all learned so much and you gave great advice. It was such a pleasure working with you, and I hope to get a chance to do so again.” Jill Wright, Adult Programming  and Information Services, Kings Park Community Library

“I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation! The interactive method solidified the talking points. Promote this presentation in high schools! Specifically, West Springfield High School and Lee High School.”

“Fantastic! I learned so much and will apply this at work!”

Write to Influence! and application for college essays. Workshop at Bull Run Regional Library

Carla D. Bass following workshop, “Write to Influence! — College Essays that Open Doors” at Bull Run Regional Library

Carla D. Bass teaches influential writing at workshop at Bull Run Regional Library

Author, Carla D. Bass, teaching workshop at Bull Run Regional Library

Teaching teens “College Applications: Essays that Open Doors”

Final session on “Write to Influence! — College Essays that Open Doors” … another home run! Smaller gathering than last week but oh-so energized! I adore working with teenagers — From my librarian sponsor:

Ms. Bass, thank you so much for coming and sharing your expertise! Everyone you spoke to seemed very engaged and invested, so that was wonderful! Thank you for your presentation and we look forward to working with you in the future. … Rosanne North-Jack, Bull Run Library


Author, Carla D. Bass, teaches workshop on Write to Influence! to teens at public library in Prince William county

Author, Carla D. Bass, Teaches Workshop — College Application Essays That Open Doors

 “College Applications: Essays that Open Doors”

Amazing night in Montclair! 40 … yes, 40 teens and assorted parents attended my workshop, “Write to Influence! – College Essays that Open Doors.”

Atmosphere — electric. Interchange – dynamic. Audience – engaged. Ended with rousing applause. When I asked, “Did this help?” … Walls reverberated with, “Yes!”

Don’t just accept my assessment … please, read on!

— Transform that college essay from a pumpkin to an elegant ride to university! My wife, son, and I attended Carla’s workshop on College essay writing and were hooked.  We bought this book and have been devouring it.  I am recommending it to our son’s English teacher as an invaluable teaching aid.  Fantastic job, Carla!  Thank you!!!  S. Néné

— “I am a programming coordinator for a busy public library system in northern Virginia and have been working with Col. Bass on bringing her workshops to our libraries. Not only am I getting rave reviews from library staff and patrons, but I also used Carla’s book for my own presentation on writing concise descriptions in library communications.”


Carla D. Bass conducted workshop on influential writing for employees of Defense Intelligence Agency

Author, Carla D. Bass, Taught Workshop on Write to Influence! to DIA Employees

“The room was packed – more than 100 attendees and others participating via VTC. Her message was simple, “Powerful writing changes lives … It is also the lifeblood of effective operations.” This describes the 90-minute workshop Carla D. Bass, Colonel, USAF (Ret) conducted at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her presentation was interactive, entertaining and, most importantly, effective.

The audience responded with rave reviews, comments ranging from “phenomenal” to “a breath of fresh air” and suggestions that she return.

Carla urges, “Empathize with the reader — Apply these tools to banish bureaucratic blather, so endemic in official writing.” Her methods apply to an expansive range of products: personnel appraisals, job descriptions, resumes, analytical products, responses to Congressional Directed Actions, budget justifications, essentially any official written communication.”

Teaching Teens How to Write Powerful Essays for College Applications

Author Teaches Teens Powerful Writing Techniques at Chinn Park Regional Public Library

Happiness … Teaching teens to write college application essays

I conducted the first of six workshops for Prince William county public library this fall. The room was packed! Everyone took notes — yes, pen and paper — and offered profound thanks when departing.  What a session!

From the library: “Thank-you for a wonderful and very impressive presentation on techniques in your book, “Write to Influence!”

From interested demonstrated throughout, the teens truly benefited from the writing techniques and strategies you shared. Your dedication to empowering others through their own writing certainly shone through.

Jane Drabkin, Chinn Park Regional Library”

You should have seen their expressions when I challenged, “Explain everything significant you’ve done this past year in 1,500 CHARACTERS (not words).” Response, “Ooooohhhh!”


Carla, Jim Bellas, and Staff at Diplomatic Language Services Following Business Writing Workshop on "Write to Influence!" and Power Writing Techniques

Carla, Jim Bellas, and Staff at Diplomatic Language Services Following Workshop on “Write to Influence!” and Power Writing Techniques

Write to Influence! Fundamentals for Business Professionals

A very worthwhile workshop – well done!

The presentation on Word Sculpting Fundamentals was educational and engaging!  The practice exercises were applicable and challenging.

I recommend this workshop to others and we will use the tools presented to advance our communication.

Jim Bellas, CEO, Diplomatic Language Services

Carla D. Bass with students following a writing workshop teaching power writing techniques to 7th grade class., based on "Write to Influence!"

Author, Carla Bass, following a workshop with some 7th grade students at Hill School.

Workshop for Middle Grade Students — Essential Tools for Powerful Writing

What a treat to have Carla Bass, author of Write to Influence!, speak to my 7th and 8th grade English classes.

Her presentation on powerful writing, which included tips on streamlining, editing redundancies, and using strong verbs, was specific, useful, and tailored for middle school students.

She included time to respond, discuss, and practice throughout her presentation.

Col. Bass kept my students’ attention with her effortlessly commanding presence and warm demeanor as well as her excellent presentation.

In classes following her visit, my students often referred to her presentation. One student wrote in her end-of-year self-assessment, “I have been trying to use the toolbox Col. Bass told us about, and I think my writing has gotten better.”

I warmly recommend Col. Bass to other schools.

Jillian M. Beifuss, English Dept. Chair

The Hill School, Middleburg, VA 20118

Carla D. Bass signing Write to Influence!, powerful writing techniques for high school seniors following a writing workshop

Powerful Writing Techniques Set FCS Seniors for Success

Write to Influence! Power Writing Workshop for High School Seniors

Carla did an amazing job engaging with our students on her excellent tips to improve writing. Her workshop was positive, fun, stimulating, and engaging! She presented the material as an intellectual game — students rose to the challenge!

Carla and her workshop have our highest endorsement.

We gifted each graduating senior with a copy of Write to Influence!, setting them up for future success!

Jo A. S. Thoburn

President & CEO, Fairfax Christian School