Customized Support, Goal-Setting, Accountability, Guidance, Advice, Submission Strategies, Editorial Feedback
I work with all kinds of writers, fiction or nonfiction, any style or genre, on projects large or small -- short essays, short fiction, blog posts/blog development, short memoir pieces, and poems, full novels, memoir, or essay collections, chapbooks, anthologies, book ideas just taking shape, etc.
Writing coaching is highly customized, so it looks different for every writer.
Once our month (any four weeks) begins, we meet either by phone (or if you're local, in person) about your current challenges, writing goals, works-in-progress, etc. We brainstorm, plan, make a schedule.
Once we identify projects and any obstacles, you then write (and/or revise/rewrite) and send your work to me (if you want to). I will read your creative work very carefully and provide a high level of detailed feedback. I can do the same for outlines or any other documents for which you want feedback. [All written work I read/respond to is included in a generous 12,000 word limit over the 4-week period.]
Or, if you do not need critical feedback at the moment, I focus solely on helping you identify, plan, work through, and achieve specific writing/writing-related goals and tasks. I'm your accountability partner, helping you stay in motion on writing projects. These may include revisions, research, submission/query strategy, organization, MFA program research and selection, book marketing/publicity, craft resources, reading suggestions, MFA application/portfolio.
Many coaching clients opt for frequent productivity/accountability check-ins -- this can be as often as daily, or several times a week; or whatever helps you stay on track. Check-ins can be done via text, phone, email.
We can also email all as often as you want, talk by phone about the project(s) or about any aspect of your writing and writing life. I can point you to resources that will help you grow as a writer, such as craft books and articles, writing classes and programs, literary communities, etc.
If you've got a writing-related obstacle, we can customize a coaching plan together.
[With advance notice, unused weeks can be moved to a later date, or a pro-rated amount applied to a future editorial project.]
Available by calendar month or any 4-week period.
Writers I have coached have work published (or forthcoming) in: The New York Times; More; Literary Mama; N (Nantucket) Magazine; AARP; The Healing Muse; Full Grown People; Yankee Magazine; Skirt!; XOJane; Washington Post (On Parenting); The Citron Review; Motherlode and Opinionator (NYT blogs); AARP (website); More Magazine (online); Scholastic; Next Avenue; CNN's iReport; Medium; American Journal of Nursing (Off the Charts blog); Chicken Soup for the Soul (multiple titles); Brain, Child; Elephant Journal; Huffington Post; Babble; Rock and Sling; Entropy; Role Reboot; Parent.co; War Literature and the Arts; Success Magazine; SheWrites Press; Eight Stone Press; KQED (Bay Area public radio); Brushes with Fame/Smith Magazine; The Quotable 12; Brevity Blog (2013 Mystery & Memory contest); Beliefnet; Grand Piano Passion; The Tao of Place (anthology); This I Believe; Berkeley Times; BaristaKids; Baristanet; Monday Coffee (anthology); NJ Family; YourTango; The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism; Eckhart Tohle's Newsletter; DesistFilm; Magazine Diabolique/Horror Unlimited; South Dakota Poetry Society Contest; Long Ridge Review; and many others.
Many other writers I've worked with on book-length projects are in the agent and/or publisher submission process; several have already been traditionally published or self-published.
Coaching fee: $345/month (or any four-week period)
To get started, email me.