Sometimes, you've got to do the work yourself, but that doesn't mean you have to do it alone.
This service is for those who have a writing project they must complete personally, but who are uncomfortable with the writing process. I can assist with any or all parts of your project, from brainstorming ideas, to strategizing approach, to making those last finicky edits.
I approach coaching sessions with three main goals: to make the current project as painless as possible, to assist my client to present their absolute best work, and to build a sense of mastery and confidence around the writing process.
Projects I am available to assist with include, but are not limited to:
- Cover letters and resumes
- Academic work
- College admissions essays
- Creative work
- Personal and business correspondence
Composition coaching can happen in-person (for those in Seattle or East King County) or via a combination of Skype, email, and phone.
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Everyone has a story to tell. This is a fact. It is also a fact that telling our stories (and telling them well) is some of the hardest work imaginable. Whether we work with the intimate economy of poetry, the flash and bang of speculative fiction, or spend our time manipulating the fine-tuned marionette of the short story, bringing our internal worlds to life is challenging, terrifying, and exhilarating work.
Whether you are a new writer taking your first steps out into the landscape of your own art, or a seasoned author looking to challenge yourself, creative coaching can give you the shove you need to get out into the uncharted territories that give your writing the freedom to move.
I am a seasoned writing instructor with over half a decade of teaching experience at my back. My experience in classrooms, workshops, and one-on-one coaching sessions has led me to believe that it is possible to challenge without tearing apart, and that our best work is created when we feel free to take risks and make mistakes. My goal is always to point out and support the areas of a piece that are already working, to build on existing strengths, and to help my students to gently shed habits that are getting in their way.
I have taught across multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, spoken-word/performance, memoir, and creative essay, and am available to assist clients with any part of their writing practice. Areas include:
- Building a consistent writing practice
- Confronting fear
- Moving from rough draft to publication-ready work
- Accountability around writing, editing and submitting
- Self-care for the writer
For more information about my background as a creative writer and creative writing instructor, please visit my About page.