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Writing Mentoring

 

 

Whether you call them coaching, consulting, or mentoring, these services are designed to help you clear a creative hurdle, gain some inspiration or clarity, or make real progress on a project. (If you are interested in my editing services, please click here.) 

Choose a single mentoring session or an in-depth writing apprenticeship. 

Mentoring Sessions

Individual mentoring sessions are an effective way to get quality feedback on a few pages of writing or spend an hour chatting about your writing and creative life. During these sessions you will receive support and resources to help you address your creative challenges or make progress on a specific writing project. As I do in all of my services, I take a kind and constructive approach to mentoring. I will always give you honest input, and I will always do it with respect. 

Choose one of these "mini-mentoring" sessions for just $75:

  • One-hour mentoring call (to discuss any aspect of the writing life or your writing projects)
  • Written feedback on up to 1,500 words (about 6 double-spaced pages)

{Note: After you submit your payment, I'll contact you within 48 hours to work out the details of your mini-mentoring session. If you use an email address that's different from the one attached to your PayPal account, please include a note in the "Notes to Seller" section. If you'd prefer to pay by check, please contact me.}


Writing Apprenticeships

These three-month writing apprenticeships will help you grow in every aspect of your writing life. You'll embrace your writing dreams, set monthly writing goals, and write your way into the heart of them. You'll also learn to read like a writer (which, in turn, will make you a better writer). I'll give you constructive, kind, and useful feedback on your work, along with personalized support through regular conversations and email.


Here's an overview of what you'll receive each month as an apprentice:

**In-depth feedback on your writing (designed to help you uncover and achieve your creative vision);

**Two 30-minute mentoring conversations (via phone or Skype); and

**Email support to answer your questions and to provide you with resources, inspiration, and encouragement.

I've structured these apprenticeships to draw on everything I've learned throughout 11 years as a professional writer and during the amazing experience of working with mentors toward my MFA in creative writing (from Vermont College of Fine Arts). Every writer's journey is unique, and only you can write what you're called to write. But you don't have to go it alone. I love sharing what I've learned about the craft of writing, about ways to honor and make the most of your individual writing process, and about the resources that can support and inspire you along the way. 

This apprenticeship program addresses four key components of your writing life.

  • Writing: To have a writing life, you must write. You'll name and embrace your writing dreams and set monthly goals to help you stay focused and motivated.
  • Feedback: Strengthen your writing by sharing it for feedback. Each month you'll submit your pages* to me, and I'll give you in-depth, written feedback on what's working well and what's not working as well, plus suggestions for how to strengthen the work. Don't fear the feedback! I specialize in giving honest, thorough feedback with kindness and clarity. This process is designed to empower and enliven you and your writing. (*How many pages will you submit each month? It depends. For details, see the apprenticeship levels below.)
  • Reading: Grow as a writer by learning to read like a writer. This critical piece of the writing life is too often overlooked. By learning to read like a writer, you'll discover the tools that great writers use to create magic on the page. Through both osmosis and conscious consideration, you'll use reading to improve your own writing. Each month you'll choose one book or selection to read and then respond to it by writing a few pages about it. (I'll guide you on how to do this, so don't worry if this kind of thing sounds new or strange. This is what MFA programs call the "critical" component of study, which sounds dry and potentially scary, but it's actually fun and incredibly useful. Think of it as an opportunity to geek out over all the things you love about writing.)
  • Support: You don't have to go it alone. Balance out the solitary nature of writing with lively mentoring conversations twice a month and weekly email check-ins.
    --Conversations: When you spend so much time alone with yourself and the page, it's nice to talk to someone else who "gets it." Each month we'll have two half-hour conversations (via phone or Skype) to talk about your writing, what you've been reading, and what you're experiencing in your creative life.
    --Email check-ins: We'll touch base via email several time a month so you can ask questions and share what's on your mind. I'll send you resources, writing advice, inspiration, and encouragement to keep you jazzed about the process.

*Apprenticeship Levels
Every three-month apprenticeship includes all of the mentoring components listed above. You choose your apprenticeship level based on how many pages you submit each month for feedback.
 
Introductory: Feedback on up to 10 pages* per month, plus all mentoring components listed above ($225 per month for 3 consecutive months)

Intermediate: Feedback on up to 20 pages* per month, plus all mentoring components listed above ($325 per month for 3 consecutive months)  

Intensive: Feedback on up to 30 pages* per month, plus all mentoring components listed above ($425 per month for 3 consecutive months)

 *Page limits assume the following formatting: double-spaced; one-inch margins; 12-point font in Arial or Times New Roman.

 

{Note: After you submit your payment, I'll contact you within 48 hours to work out the details of your apprenticeship. If you use an email address that's different from the one attached to your PayPal account, please include a note in the "Notes to Seller" section. If you'd prefer to pay by check, please contact me.}