Writing Coach and Mentor
Fiction • Nonfiction • Memoirs
I work with nascent writers as well as published authors, helping them to write to the best of their abilities, encouraging while providing the nuts-and-bolts guidance necessary for them to achieve their writing goals. Whether working on mystery novels or memoirs, I patiently and calmly critique the writing, making general suggestions for editing and providing specific pointers for improvement.
Often, writers wait until they have finished a first draft before seeking the help of an editor. I suggest that you seek an editor/writing mentor early in the process, to help you avoid going down blind alleys and wrong paths. With my background teaching fiction writing, I know how to help develop a writer's voice and can give tried-and-true guidance on plot and story development, creation of believable and memorable characters, and writing with the senses, among other topics vital to a writer. I offer fiction writing tips on The Writing Itch, my fiction writing blog.
Through the numerous memoir writing workshops I have conducted, I have developed the art of pulling story from life, guiding writers to see the big picture of their lives, while cultivating the details that create that picture. With my guidance, many memoir writers have successfully fashioned their life stories into compelling books. I offer memoir-writing tips on A Why to Live, my memoir-writing blog.
Knowing how daunting writing can be, I walk beside my writer-clients every step of the way in the creative process, encouraging and guiding, never simply accepting that the writing is "as good as it will get." I challenge my clients to reach beyond what they think they can do, and to achieve their very best.