Sometimes, you have to do the work yourself, but that doesn't mean you have to do it alone.
"Going into the process, I joked that what I needed was an editor who was equal parts literary midwife, coach, therapist, and cheerleader; Cole delivered on all counts and I would recommend him to anyone (and especially to anyone who, like me, needs someone who can make suggestions in such a way as to inspire you to do better rather than throw in the towel." -Brande Damiana, author
I approach tutoring 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 (Undergraduate)
College admissions essays
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 in 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 into the landscape of your own art or a seasoned author looking to challenge yourself, creative coaching can get your work into the uncharted territories that gives your writing freedom to move.
I am a seasoned writing instructor with over a decade of teaching 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. I work by finding areas of a text that are already working, building on those existing strengths, and helping 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 personal essay, and am available to assist clients with any part of their writing practice. Areas include:
Building a consistent writing practice
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.