I offer coaching services to those for whom writing is a necessity either for personal growth or for professional identity. The best time to hire a coach is near the beginning of your journey with a new project or writing practice. However, coaching can be helpful at any point.
I approach writing as a pilgrimage. It has a beginning, middle and end. But the destination is not the exclusive goal. Wisdom and transformation are by-products of the writing process. So are aches and pains, sweat and tears. We will discuss your goals – literal and personal for your writing project. We will then set assignments and a schedule. We will meet regularly to discuss phases of research, composition and revision. We can cover such topics as voice, plot, development, theme and coherence and others as covered in my online courses. We will likely address your particular obstacles – real and imagined and consider the difference between what we write for ourselves and what we write for a particular audience.
When a work is ready, I can help an author shape a book proposal and their pitch to agents or publishers.
I work on a sliding scale of $60-$90 an hour for manuscript review with 1-to-1 meetings in person, by phone or video conferencing. For manuscript review and written editorial feedback only, I charge $50/hr.