Writing coaching can be an essential part of the process. As I’ve discovered myself, having working writers to support and hold you accountable is not only ideal, it can be essential.
As a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and longtime educator, I offer one-on-one writing coaching in person or through Skype or FaceTime. Steps in coaching include:
- Goal alignment and setting. We’ll examine your personal style and writing and publication direction and set achievable goals.
- Process architecture: we’ll work out a schedule that works for you, whether you’re an every-day-from eight to two writer or a “when the spirit strikes me” type.
- Writing maintenance: we’ll agree on a schedule of sessions and their length and medium. This can be a weekly e-mail exchange or a bimonthly Skype session, or a monthly dog walk! At this stage, I can provide you with prompts and exercises to get the words flowing.
- Draft support: we’ll examine your work on a regular basis and discuss directions for revision.
- Submission achievement: I work with you to identify publications that fit your voice and get your work to them.
A writing coach is a resource and ally as you develop your craft. However, I believe your biggest resource is you. Every writer knows that as you write, the incidental ideas that you have or the passages that end up being cut are often some of your biggest treasures. One of the key benefits to coaching (besides keeping you on a schedule) is having another intelligence there to help you save and reinvest these ideas in later drafts or other pieces. Therefore, one of the optional services I offer is curating your Resource Book, which will contain every idea, image, and inspiration you’ve ever mentioned to me, verbally or in writing. It’s a great way to discover the power of your own genius.
Because coaching is a relationship, it’s important to find the right fit. We do an initial consultation that can run anywhere from 15-30 minutes for a flat rate of $20. This is a chance for both of us to determine whether this is the right working relationship.
About me: I have a BA in French Translation and Literature, Magna cum Laude, from Barnard College of Columbia University, an M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and an M.F.A. in Poetry, both from San Francisco State University. My minors are art history/studio art and ethnic studies with a particular concentration in race and migration in the American West. I tend to believe that tough love is the best love. I’m an INTJ with a strong belief in self-knowledge as a tool for self-development. I believe in building a system that works and having freedom within it.
Base rates are $90/hour and $20 for the 15-30 minute initial consultation. For information, or to schedule a consultation session, please contact me here.
As a writer of color, I am committed to solidarity within the community and offer sliding scale rates to other writers of color with financial need. My services are included in, and you can get more resources from, this guide by Neil Aitken on POC writing mentorship.