Gallery and Testimonials


“Barbara, your critiques drilled deeper and were on a level that I’ve been looking for. Thank you. There was great value in this session, and our group discussions were so helpful.”

– Nancy Jarmin

“I learned so much from your videos that I am incorporating into my novel. People talk about having ‘Ah ha’ moments, I must say that I’ve had several ‘Oh my God’ moments while watching your videos.”

– Dennis Evanosky

“I can’t tell you how much your Master Class has helped me focus, select words, and edit.”

– Hyacinthe Miller

The ‘Your Path to a Page-Turner’ program is magnificent! It is most definitely helping me grow as a writer. I love your tips. One of them really caused a shift in me.”

– Jacqui Gajewski

“Barbara quickly identified the weaknesses in my story and helped me strategize how to transform them into strengths.”

– Jake Caldera, author of The Elephant on Fire


“I feel like I have a whole new lease on my writing life. I’ve taken ‘master classes’ from other bestselling authors before, and none of them can compare. I haven’t been this enthused about writing in a long time.”

– Award-Winning author Dorothea Helms

“I took Barbara Kyle’s excellent Master Class when I was stuck with my first novel. That great experience was a turning point. I’ve just finished my fourth book and Barbara’s wise words still guide my way.” 

– Bestselling author Robert Rotenberg, author of Heart of the City

“Barbara, what I appreciated most was that your suggestions were true to my story. Thank you for all your encouragement and support. You helped me find the right path.” 

– Cryssa Bazos, author of Traitor’s Knot

“Barbara Kyle is a rare combination of great teacher, canny editor, and supportive fellow-writer.” 

– Award-winning writer Barbara Wade Rose, author of The Priest, the Witch, & the Poltergeist

“Working with Barbara is like having a secret weapon in your writing arsenal.”

Nancy Raven Smith, author of Land Sharks


“Barbara, you are a master. I’ve learned so much from you.” 

– Ann Birch, author of The Secret Life of Roberta Greaves

More Praise for Barbara’s Mentoring:

Barbara, thanks so much for all the help in getting there.

Award-Winning Author Steven T. Wax

I’m learning so much from the program. Once I started the exercises, it was like a dam burst. I got over my fear of starting and just wrote and wrote.

Susan Leeming

I was so excited about writing again, I was up half the night! The workshop provided insightful, practical approaches and made the prospect of writing a new novel a lot less daunting.

Marnie Maquire

I learned more from Barbara Kyle in a half-hour than I have in countless workshops and books. A riveting, energetic, and positive experience.

Trish Kerr

Toronto Writers & Editors Network

I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done to improve my writing. I believe your insight and advice helped my book win Honourable Mention for the Rupert Hughes Award.

James Lamb

Barbara Kyle’s evaluation was a game changer. I received advice and suggestions that vastly improved my manuscript’s clarity and vision. Working with Barbara is like having a secret weapon in your writing arsenal.

Nancy Raven Smith

author of Land Sharks

Barbara, you are an inspiration!

Internationally acclaimed author Wayson Choy

Barbara, I took your advice and loved the result.

Marissa Campbell

author of Avelynn

Barbara Kyle is a master storyteller, and she’s especially gifted at helping writers see what’s still missing in their work.”

MaryAnn McGuigan

author of Crossing to Brooklyn

You assess writing with extraordinary clarity. Thank you very much.

Barbara Wade Rose

award-winning writer for the Globe and Mail and the New York Times

A huge thank you for the feedback on my novel. It truly has been that light bulb moment.

Anne Shillolo

You are the plot master. It was just the advice I was looking for to put me back on track and hone in on the core story.

Francis Vanden Hoven

Kyle is a master at her craft.

RT Book Reviews

Barbara, you are a master. I came home exhilarated by two days of helpful critiques from you and my classmates.

Ann Birch

author of Settlement

I had the good fortune to attend several of Barbara Kyle’s workshops. They provided a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of writing and publishing and valuable feedback on my own writing. Barbara’s insightful evaluation encouraged me to complete the novel.

Mike Field

author of Incarceration

Barbara Kyle enlightened me how to mend my wayward chapters and knock my plot into a compelling story. Few can do what she has: taking a good amateur writer to the elite few of a top New York agent.

Rico Provasoli

Barbara’s evaluation delivered thorough, detailed feedback that taught me a lot about the craft. She told me exactly what she (and agents and publishers) seek in the first 50 pages, and gave me specific comments about what did and did not work in my story, and why.

Matt Phillips

What I appreciated most was that your suggestions were true to my story and my characters. Without exception I found high value in each suggestion and observation.

Cryssa Bazos


Barbara Kyle

Barbara Kyle is the author of seven acclaimed historical novels – the Thornleigh Saga series – all published internationally, and of contemporary thrillers, three under pen-name Stephen Kyle, including Beyond Recall, a Literary Guild Selection. Her latest novel is The Traitor's Daughter. Over 500,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries. Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is a popular guest presenter at writers' conferences. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.

Barbara’s master classes, online programs, and manuscript evaluations have launched many writers to published success, including bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg, historical novelists Ann Birch, Tom Taylor, and Barbara Wade Rose, debut novelist Christine Higdon, thriller writer Carrie Rubin, and Steven T. Wax for his award-winning memoir.