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Book Coaching with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
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Genre: Poetry

For writers working on poems or a collection of poems. Book coaches read and respond to ten pages of poetry. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo's Book Coaching Statement:

This process is to be a conversation between the poet and the reader, and as your book coach, I plan on approaching your collection as a reader confident in my poet’s intentions to take me on a journey of words, images, and sounds. I will do this by first reading the collection as a reader, and not as a poet or an editor, looking to understand your work as you intended it, and looking for the images, themes, language and forms that sing to me as an audience member to your work. I will then return to the work for a second read looking for the places the collection does not sing in order to help you elevate those moments by asking questions, suggesting readings that speak to your work in a constructive way, and offering writing exercises.

My own mentor, Eloise Klein Healy, once told me that when you are close to a finished manuscript what is missing becomes clear. As you continue to turn and work each piece, it will be my job as your coach to help you see those missing moments and discover the manuscript as a whole artistic experience.

About Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the 2013 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange poetry winner and a 2015 Barbara Deming Fund grantee. She has work published in American Poetry ReviewcrazyhorseCALYX, and Acentos Review among others. A short dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Chicano activist and Hollywood director, Jesús Salvador Treviño can be viewed atlatinopia.com. She curates the quarterly reading series HITCHED and co-founded Women Who Submit. Her debut poetry collection, Built with Safe Spaces, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.

 

Book Coaching Package with Antonia Crane
$120.00
Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
Book Coaching Package with Antonia Crane
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For writers working on a memoir, a book on a non-fiction subject, or collection of essays—or on individual, shorter works. Book coaches read and respond to twenty pages of work. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Antonia's Book Coaching Statement 

By far, the most exhilarating professional experience of my life has been to be of service to other writers and shepherd them to publication.I’ve mentored incarcerated teenage girls since 2010, tricking them into writing powerful essays for publication in a bi-annual anthology and have taught creative writing, poetry and journalism to teenagers around inner city Los Angeles for several years. Most of my publications are nonfiction, however, I also love fiction.

My favorite thing has been to teach students at UCSD literature and edit their work, draft by draft and watch it grow and shine.

As your creative nonfiction writing coach, I will encourage you to think both intellectually and intuitively about your work as you lead your reader across the river of your story rock by rock.

I am less interested in you writing what you know than writing what you don’t know and or don’t remember. Write something that shocks you by taking the mundane, mediocre events in life and playing off of that.

I’m excited by what Cheryl Strayed has referred to as “radical interiority,” which means that there is a unique consciousness we bring to bear on the stories we tell and we get there by asking: what question bubbles at the core of your story?

I will encourage you to explore this question by going deep to the root where the ground is darkly fertile and rich. When you dig deep, I will ask you to dig deeper. For, It is what is universal that is contemporary and it what is current that is ancient and this is the place to dive in because it connects us to our readers.

I will remind you that we learn from our darkest teachers.

I will ask that you be concrete, meaning, to rise to the occasion of a life by being generous, vital and conversational in your work in order to attune yourself to the needs of your readers. I will ask that you transcend the civil and abandon the correct version of events in service of your emotional truth.

Finally, I will urge you to write bravely with humility and a tremendous amount of heart.

What students say about working with Antonia: 

"Antonia is exactly the kind of book coach you want on your bench. She praises the good stuff, and gets to the heart of what’s not working, fast. She brutal and gracious; she’s careful and she’s always, always rooting for the truth. She has the kind of brilliant book-changing ideas we all wish we could have in the middle of the night, but she actually remembers them. She loves my story like I love my story. She’s made me a better writer. She’s made my book a better book. I’m utterly indebted and truly grateful." ~Francesca Kaplan Grossman

About Antonia Crane:

Antonia Crane is a writer, professor, and Moth Story Slam Winner in Los Angeles. She is the author of the memoir Spent (Barnacle Books/Rare Bird Lit, March, 2014). Her other work can be found in The New York Times, Electric Literature, The ToastPlayboy, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Dame Magazine, PANK magazine, Black Clock, The Rumpus, , The Weeklings, The Believer, Frequencies, Slake, The Los Angeles Review, The New Black, and lots of other anthologies. She is a co-founder and Senior CNF editor of the Antioch Alum journal The Citron Review and the CNF editor of Word Riot. She can be found running up Griffith Park mountain and here: https://antoniacrane.comhttps://antoniacrane.com. She tweets @antoniacrane.

 

Book Coaching Package with Steve de Jarnatt
$120.00
Fiction, Screenwriting
Book Coaching Package with Steve de Jarnatt
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For writers working on novel or collection of short fiction—or on individual, shorter works. Book coaches read and respond to twenty pages of work. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module


About Steve De Jarnatt:

Steve De Jarnatt has 26 years in the WGA and has done a bit of everything over that time—sold specs, written 30 studio feature assignments, had a Sundance Competition film and IFP Screenplay nomination. He made the first two Best Unproduced Scripts in Hollywood lists (now The Blacklist) He was hired to write 15 drama pilots for the networks and got 4 produced as well as being on staff on X Files, American Gothic and other shows. He also has 20 years in the DGA, directing and producing 60+ episodes of network television, and countless low budget and no budget projects over the years.

He received an MFA from Antioch Los Angeles in Creative Writing and his fiction work has appeared in: Santa Monica Review (x3); Meridian; Zone 3; Joyland; Cincinnati Review (x2); Missouri Review (2014 Audio Contest winner-Prose); New England Review; New Stories from the Midwest 2013 (Rosellen Brown - Guest Editor) and The Best American Short Stories 2009 (Alice Sebold - Guest Editor). Also among the 100 Distinquished Stories for B.A.S.S. 2013. He was a Fiction Scholar at Sewanee Writer's Conference 2012 and Bread Loaf Writer's Conference 2013.

 

Book Coaching Package with Joe Jimenez
$120.00
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Genre: Poetry

For writers working on poems or a collection of poems. Book coaches read and respond to ten pages of poetry. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Joe's Book Coaching Statement:

Donald Hall tells us that “a poem is one man’s insides talking to another man’s insides.” And so, in the muscles of my book coaching efforts, I ink these three core beliefs—

I won’t tell you how to fix your poems; only you can discover that as you build and rebuild your collection. I will certainly, definitely offer questions and pose suggestions for exploring newness and change and cohesion in your poems. In the fibers of each exchange on the collection you are building, I’ll ask: How does this poem mean? And what does it want and need to say? And how exactly are your poems in dialogue with one another?

I will not tell you what your poems mean; I will offer questions to help you explore symbolism and imagery, word choice, syntax, and technique, as you craft and revise poems and sections in your collection. I can offer mentor poems to show you how others, engaged in similar work, have crafted meaning. I can help you grip why repetition is profoundly different from anaphora, how white space and sound like word play and spondees can offer themselves to us as we make poems. I can tell you what I have done, what I have seen others do, but ultimately, these are your poems, and this is your collection, and so, I firmly defer to your volition, your voice, your vision.

I believe writing and revision exercises are needed tools in making better poems. I am a workhorse, and I believe there is a muscle that makes poems inside each of us, a gorgeous muscle which must be worked, fed, cared for, allowed to marvel at the World.

On my best days, I think this is how I work. I think of myself as a poem-maker, a craftsman, a man who can set ego aside in order to hear the dark music and Shadows, the fuel some of us use to forge our poems, to say something marvelous and necessary about our human condition(s). I bring enthusiasm for craftsmanship and poetry, and perhaps this is an enthusiasm you want or need to share in.

About Joe Jimenez:

Joe Jiménez is the author of The Possibilities of Mud (Kórima 2014). Jiménez was the recipient of the 2012 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. He lives in South Texas and is a member of the Macondo Workshops. For more, visit joejimenez.net.

 

Book Coaching Package with Toni Ann Johnson
$120.00
| Led By Fiction
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Genre: Fiction

For writers working on a novel or collection of short fiction—or on individual, shorter works. Book coaches read and respond to twenty pages of work. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Toni Ann's Book Coaching Statement: 

My approach to book coaching is to balance encouragement and support with constructive notes for improvement. I don’t believe in harsh criticism without encouragement. That critical voice can remain in your consciousness and become paralyzing. I see my task as one of working with what you have and nurturing it. I’ll meet you at the level you’re working at, and then push you to your potential, the goal being to get the best possible book out of you.

If you write in an approach that I’m not familiar with, before making my recommendations I’ll first want to be sure that I understand what it is you’re trying to accomplish so that I avoid offering suggestions that contradict your goals. I hope to cultivate a rapport wherein you feel valued and respected. My function is to be your ally, giving thoughtful feedback and recommendations. You may not agree with everything I suggest. If you’re passionate about something that I don’t think works, I am going to offer my honest opinion, but I’ll also appreciate your vision for the material. I’ll support you in writing the book you want to write, not the book I would write. And I’ll help you make that book the best it can be.

About Toni Ann Johnson 

Toni Ann Johnson has won two Humanitas Prizes and a Christopher Award for her teleplays, “Ruby Bridges,” (Disney) and “Crown Heights,” (Showtime). Essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The LA Times, The Movement, The Emerson Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Sprout Magazine, and Soundings Review. Her novel Remedy For a Broken Angel was published in June 2014. Johnson has taught screenwriting, creative writing, and literature at the high school and college levels. An alum of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, Johnson also holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.

 

Book Coaching Package with Tammy Lechner
$120.00
Creative Nonfiction
Book Coaching Package with Tammy Lechner
$120.00
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Genre: Creative Nonfiction

For writers working on a memoir or collection of essays—or on individual, shorter works. Book coaches read and respond to twenty pages of work. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Tammy's Book Coaching Philosophy:

 Everyone has a story to tell. My goal is to guide you, the storyteller, along your unique path of discovering the best way to tell your story, as well as a clear understanding of why you must tell it.

I view writing as a process that builds momentum, purpose and clarity through its own doing. We begin with the messy first draft, exposing as much of our raw content as possible. Then we work hardily through revisions that sort and sift this original content, identifying what is relevant to the story being told, discovering what illuminates truth and enlarges meaning.

Of greatest concern to me is the idea that your storytelling goes beyond the rote recounting of events. I support engagement with personal experience and its connection with sensory memory to bring your story vividly alive – whether that story is told in the first person, the third person, or even in the second person.

My emphasis and expertise as a writer is nonfiction based, encompassing memoir, personal essay, literary journalism and research-based narrative. Yet I give wide berth to genre and form, believing strongly in the ability of content to find form, and allowing both genre and form to bend and blend. If you want to break out segments of free verse or prose poetry in the midst of your memoir narrative that is fine by me. In fact, I encourage writers to jump out of the box of convention whenever it suits the story being told. Essentially, I am open to any creative approach that expands and clarifies your message.

About Tammy Lechner:

Tammy Lechner is a published author, writer and photographer who specialized in editorial journalism and corporate documentary for three decades, including staff positions at the Los Angeles Times, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and co-directing her own media company, STILL Productions, Inc. (www.stillpro.com)

Lechner achieved a dual-sequence Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri with concentration in magazine writing and photojournalism (1980) She also holds an MFA in creative writing (non-fiction) from Antioch University-LA and a post-MFA certification in the teaching of creative writing (2013)

Currently she teaches at Antioch University-LA as an affiliate mentor in the creative writing teaching certificate program, at Chapman University as an adjunct professor of English (composition and rhetoric), and leads weekly narrative writing and photography workshops at the Laguna Beach Senior Center.

Noted as a visual chronicler of the lifestyle and atmosphere of professional baseball, Lechner is the author of two books: IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California’s Minor Leagues; and OUR TEAM-OUR DREAM: A Cubs Fan’s Journey Into Baseball’s Greatest Romance.  

 

Book Coaching Package with Aaron Raz Link
$120.00
Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
Book Coaching Package with Aaron Raz Link
$120.00
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For writers working on a memoir, a book on a non-fiction subject, or collection of nonfiction—or on individual, shorter works. Book coaches read and respond to twenty pages of work. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Aaron's Book Coaching Statement: 

I believe in helping people do their own best work. As a writer working with me, you have my unconditional respect and support. I have worked with nonfiction writers and poets, writers who are or aren’t seeking publication at this point, writers with many books in print and writers who have never published before.

Any writer who chooses to find a writing coach has committed to growing their work. I will focus with you on the text. I see my job as collaborative listening. In every draft is the seed of finished work. My greatest strength as a book coach is that I’m a very good listener to your writing at any stage. The writing tells me what it’s trying to say, so I can tell you, so you can hear your own work more easily and revise more effectively. I’ll point out key words or passages. Sometimes I’ll ask questions so I can understand the text better. I’ll say in my own words the themes I’m hearing in the piece. When I offer suggestions for revision, I’ll say why. I will often suggest particular writers or pieces of writing that I think you’ll find helpful. I’ll often give you an exercise to try, because in my experience, people learn by doing. So I can’t tell you the answers (you’re the writer), but I can show you specific places and ways to find answers that work for you, now and for the future. And I’ll be with you in the trenches.

My background includes writing about science, nature, history, minority experience, theatre, and the visual arts, as well as coaching cross-genre writing and illustrated texts. My influences include E.B. White, Suzan-Lori Parks, Annie Dillard, Idries Shah, Quentin Crisp, Archie Carr, James Baldwin, Elizabeth Bishop, W.G. Sebald, Jan Morris, and Dinty W. Moore. I think we write to discover–and then revise to communicate with readers about–questions and moments we cannot forget. They may happen at home or across the world. They may bring up every idea and feeling human beings can have. I will never judge you or the experiences you write about. I will always challenge your writing to help me and other readers understand those experiences more fully. I won’t try to impose my culture or point of view on your work; I will help you use your own to communicate with the readers you want to reach. I’ve worked with professors, scientists, soldiers, service workers, border crossers, teachers, hustlers, emu ranchers, Cirque du Soleil clowns…

I am here to help you make your work speak in ways readers will truly hear and understand. I do it by helping you find, clarify, and strengthen words and structures in your draft that carry the meaning. Many writers have told me this process also helps them understand who they are and what they have to say.

About Aaron Raz Link:

Aaron Raz Link has been teaching for twenty-five years. As a writer, his credits include independent press columns, book reviews, label texts for major museums, public information flyers on topics from California wildlife to street art, three books for the games industry, memoir, and essays.

As a writing coach, he helps writers discover what they are really writing about, and find themselves and their readers through their subject. You can find his memoir What Becomes You in Tobias Wolff’s American Lives series from the University of Nebraska Press; it was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His essays have appeared in journals including Brevity, Prairie Schooner, Parabola, TriQuarterly Online, Water-Stone Review, and Fourth Genre, and anthologies including GenderQueer and Family Trouble; Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. As a reviewer for the professional journal Book News, he sees what many publishers are looking for. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, an MA in the History of Science, and is a proud graduate of clown school (Dell’Arte International). Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

 

Book Coaching Package with Kate Maruyama
$120.00
Fiction, Screenwriting
Book Coaching Package with Kate Maruyama
$120.00
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For writers working on a novel or collection of short fiction—or on individual, shorter works. Book coaches read and respond to twenty pages of work. Responses include a written overall critique (email attachment), line edits and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Kate's Book Coaching Statement: 

I’ve been writing in one form or another for most of my life, productively for twenty five years, and my favorite thing to do is help other writers. I did it in my Hollywood executive days, working with professional screenwriters, cracking stories, helping make scripts stronger to get producers moving on them. Since then, I’ve helped dozens of writer friends and students with careful reading and notes, because what drives me nuts is when good people give up on good ideas.

I’m not here to teach you writing. You’re already writing, that’s why you’re here. But I can promise you, I have tons of tools I’ve gained over my twenty-five years of writing and teaching and mentoring experience that can help you on this maddening journey from idea to revision to book or screenplay. So many times we go from mind-blowing fantastic idea to the slog in the middle where we’ve lost our way and faith in our work and sometimes as far as the dreaded words, “Aw, it wasn’t such a great idea to begin with.” We all have demons that whisper in our ears, “You aren’t good enough, what’s this about anyway? Why are you writing at all?”

In my role as your book coach, I intend to help you quell those demons, find the natural strengths in your writing and get your head back into the story that had you sit down in the first place. I believe that by asking questions of your story, your characters, your themes, we can help you serve your book, which is its own animal, and help make it the best that it can be.

Along the way, I hope to give you tools that you can take back to your writing, because I hope that you, like me, are trying to get better at what you do every time you sit down to write.

I look forward to working with you.

About Kate Maruyama: 

Kate Maruyama coached screenwriters for years in Hollywood, working for Jon Peters, Sylvester Stallone and Universal and has coached several notable authors’ books, most of which have been published. Her primary focus in coaching is to help writers find the heart of the piece they are working on and to help them bring it to fruition. Her first novel, Harrowgate was published by 47North and her short work has appeared in Arcadia Magazine, The Stoneboat Journal and Controlled Burn as well as onSalon.com, The Rumpus, The Citron Review and Gemini Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and lives, writes, teaches and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and two kids.

 

 
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