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Manuscript Review with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
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Genre: Poetry

Work on your poetry manuscript: you will work one on one with a  book coach revising your poetry manuscript. Evaluation includes a written overall critique, line notes as well as advice on writing and, when appropriate, 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.

 

Manuscript Review with Antonia Crane
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Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
Manuscript Review with Antonia Crane
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submit a complete draft of a memoir or collection of essays. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated. Got questions about Manuscript Review? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at i2p@antioch.edu

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 Toast, Playboy, 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.

 

Manuscript Review with Steve de Jarnatt
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Fiction, Screenwriting
Manuscript Review with Steve de Jarnatt
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Modules purchased in 100 page bundles. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, 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.

 

Manuscript Review with Joe Jimenez
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Work on your poetry manuscript: you will work one on one with a  book coach revising your poetry manuscript. Evaluation includes a written overall critique, line notes as well as advice on writing and, when appropriate, 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.

 

Manuscript Review with Toni Ann Johnson
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, 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.

 

Manuscript Review with Jillian Lauren
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Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Manuscript Review with Jillian Lauren
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a memoir or collection of short essays or non-fiction work. .  Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Jillian's Book Coaching Statement: 

I am always delighted and honored when I have the chance to be a coach/midwife/editor/shaman to fellow writers. As a coach, I am enthusiastic in my use of cheerleading pom-poms, but also provide the incisive criticism so essential to creative growth.

I am obsessed with story structure. Don’t say “Hero’s Journey” to me after I’ve had a couple of drinks, unless you have an hour to sit and listen to me pontificate. I write both fiction and non-fiction, but my great passion is memoir and personal essay. I love helping people to discover the universal thread in their own personal truth, using the self to transcend the self.

I believe in garbage first drafts and tons of revisions.

My goal is for you to have a fully embodied experience of the creative process. I have a lot of non-traditional exercises in my wheelhouse and enjoy using archetypes and dreams as a way of accessing memory and voice. Don’t be surprised if I ask you to breathe. The body is one of our greatest recording devices– a goldmine of wisdom and emotion. And yet we hunch over our keyboards, barely taking a breath, carefully guarding the fortress wall we’ve erected between our bodies and our brains. By accessing our physical selves, we can become more connected with our authentic creative voice and learn to avoid cliché.

Some writers I admire are Nick Flynn, Mary Karr, Mary Gaitskill, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston, Vivian Gornick, Rainer Maria Rilke, Sandra Cisneros, Albert Camus, and Tim O’Brien.

I don’t scare easily, and am comfortable working with sensitive or edgy material. I look forward to helping you tell your story.

About Jillian Lauren:

Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel, Pretty, both published by Plume/Penguin. Some Girls has been translated into seventeen different languages. Her next memoir, Everything You Ever Wanted, is coming out from Plume in 2015.

Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon.com among others and has been anthologized widely, including in The Moth Anthology, True Tales of Lust and Love and Best of Babble Blogs.

She has performed at spoken word and storytelling events across the country, including being a regular on The Moth mainstage, and has been interviewed on such television programs as The View, Good Morning America and Howard Stern. She is a popular and sometimes controversial blogger at MSNBC, The Huffington Post and Jillianlauren.com, which was named a Top 100 Mom Blog of 2012 by Babble Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

 

Manuscript Review with Tammy Lechner
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Creative Nonfiction
Manuscript Review with Tammy Lechner
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submit a complete draft of a memoir or collection of essays. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated. Got questions about Manuscript Review? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at i2p@antioch.edu

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.  

 

Manuscript Review with Aaron Raz Link
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Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
Manuscript Review with Aaron Raz Link
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Modules purchased in 100 page bundles. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a memoir, a book on a non-fiction topic, or collection of short nonfiction. . Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, 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 memoirWhat 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 andFamily TroubleMemoirists 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.

 

Manuscript Review with Christina Lynch
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection short fiction.  Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Christina's Book Coaching Statement: 

When I was in my 20s, I wrote an entire novel, showed it to one person, and got a moderately positive response that encouraged me to revise it before sending it out. I was crushed and put it a drawer forever. I wish I could travel back in time and tell my younger self that feedback is NOT criticism, and that rewriting can be fun, energizing, electrifying and highly satisfying. It brings you closer to your work, and connects you to your readers. Writing, like life, is an ongoing education best tackled with a mix of confidence, humility, openness and curiosity.

My approach to helping you with your manuscript comes out of that early experience (followed by thirty years of toughening my hide as a television writer and New York Times bestselling novelist) and a fundamental belief that there are no absolute “good” or “bad” books—it’s all about matching reader and story. My own appreciation of a particular work is hugely influenced by what I’m thinking about in that moment in my life, and what I’m longing to find between a book’s covers. For example, if I’m sitting on a bumpy plane flight, I want complete distraction, but if I’m wrestling with a personal problem, I want deeper insights. A book I loved in my twenties may no longer speak to me, but a book I found impossible then delights me now. Understanding that we probably can’t please everyone, but we can find our core readership and blow their socks off is very freeing, and a lot of fun.

One of the first things I’ll ask you to do is to describe your ideal reader—what effect do you want your story to have on him or her? Out of that conversation, we can formulate a plan to sharpen your story and language to get your reader to that place.

My goal is not to tell you what’s “right” or “wrong,” but to show you what your options are. A first draft is a precious, wonderful thing, and at the same time it can be enormously helpful—and yes, satisfying—to revise it in order to deepen character, tighten story, and strengthen your voice.

I enjoy working with writers of all ages and experience levels, and devour all kinds of stories. I am especially excited about working with humor, history, science, animals, and stories that explore human vulnerability in all its forms.

I look forward to reading your work!

About Christina Lynch:

Christina Lynch is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel City of Dark Magic and the sequel, City of Lost Dreams, written under the pseudonym Magnus Flyte. Also a television writer (Dead Zone, Wildfire), journalist, editor, and writing teacher, her specialties are comic fiction and nonfiction, projects with a historical bent, collaboration, short stories, mysteries. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch University, she writes for the commercial marketplace herself, and is a calm, organized and prompt editor whose goal is to give her clients the tools to make their books reflect their individual voices, yet draw a wide readership.

 

Manuscript Review with Kate Maruyama
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Fiction, Screenwriting
Manuscript Review with Kate Maruyama
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who are submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, 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.

 

Manuscript Review with Jeff McElroy
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novelor collection of short fiction.  Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated. 

4-Week Module

Jeff's Book Coaching Statement: 

My teaching philosophy for writing is rooted in constructivist methodologies and the lessons I’ve learned on the page and in the wild places, from the mountains to the deserts to the seas. I’m interested in the journeys we take through our craft and, as a teacher, hope to be a useful outpost of advice along the way. Just as there is no perfect person, neither is their a perfect story; only drafts upon drafts can lead us to closer approximations of experiences we hope to contribute to the Great Conversation.

I teach with positive reinforcement, finding it useful to focus on two things: what’s working in a story, and what could work better. I do believe that writing for readers is an inherently social act and, as such, bears all the obligations and responsibilities of human existence. I bring a laid-back, scholarly, engaging persona to the classroom and I expect the same with my students.

About Jeff McElroy: 

Jeff McElroy’s first collection of surf noir short stories, Californios, has earned him comparisons with John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, and Jack London. He has found a loyal readership ranging from outdoor/surfer enthusiasts to avant-garde literary folks. His adapted screenplay for one of the stories in Californios, “Goofyfoot,” won 1st Place in the San Fernando Valley Film Festival. Another story from Californios, “Brown Pride,” won 1st Place in the Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Contest. An avid surfer, backpacker, and writing coach, Jeff lives with his fiancée and Jack Russell Terrier in the Ojai Valley, between the mountains and the sea.

 

Manuscript Review with Jamie Moore
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For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Jamie's Book Coaching Statement: 

Writing and revising a novel is often like wandering into the dark. I believe that the job of the book coach is to light the lampposts that will guide you through the process of completing your draft. I would like to help you accentuate what working in your manuscript while identifying areas that can be strengthened using a variety of craft tools. Character and conflict are the driving forces of narrative, so I enjoy focusing on the development of voice and challenging the characters.

Editing for clarity and conciseness are also important aspects of this process, and I will work to provide suggestions within the manuscript as well as editing references to keep your writing crisp and the story moving. It isn’t always easy to face critique on a manuscript that you’ve invested a lot into. However, I want to approach book coaching as a partnership between the writer and myself in which we honestly address what may be holding the manuscript back, and celebrate the development of your work.

About Jamie Moore: 

Jamie Moore is the author of Our Small Faces, (ELJ Publications, 2013). She received her MFA in fiction from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She was born and raised between several neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, California. Jamie works as Co-Fiction Editor of Blackberry: A Magazine and as an Associate Editor of Lunch Ticket Magazine. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, VONA, and the Mendocino Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared in Moonshot Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Drunk Monkeys and Blackberry: A Magazine. As a mixed kid, she is obsessed with writing about the spaces between. She expresses this through her blog Mixed Reader and as the Co-Literary Coordinator of the Mixed Remixed festival. She lives in California with her large family and currently works as a community college English professor. This way, she gets to indulge in both of her passions: talking about the written word and bridging cultural connections. You can find her on Twitter @mixedreader or the Our Small Faces Facebook page.

 

Manuscript Review with Patrick O'Neil
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Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
Manuscript Review with Patrick O'Neil
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submit a complete draft of a memoir or collection of essays. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Patrick's Book Coaching Statement: 

Writing has to grab you, command your attention, and make you want to read it. I approach ALL writing with this in mind. It doesn’t matter what the subject is. I have read books on falconry, horticulture, and fencing—all of which are areas that didn’t immediately interest me—and ended up fascinated because of the author’s ability to write compellingly on their subject matter. I have also read detective novels, literary fiction, short stories, and plot driven narratives I thought would just be light reading, and came away in awe. Because what it all comes down to is the author’s choices in language, syntax, and structure, and this is where a book coach comes in. You’ve written a final, or at least a good working draft, and the idea is there, but there’s something missing. You haven’t gotten the response that you want when others have read it, or when you have submitted to agents and presses.

Having another writer with editorial experience take a look and offer suggestions is incredibly helpful. Another set of eyes, whose only invested interest is to help make your writing better, and can suggest the needed revisions to make your writing do what you want it to do. This is not to change your voice or make your writing like someone else’s. This is to define what is yours, and to improve it. As your book coach that is exactly what I’ll do when we work together. It will be an interaction between the two of us to assess and revise your writing.

I work with a very diverse group of writers and students. I edit and revise narrative nonfiction and memoir, as well as fiction. I lead nonfiction workshops, and teach college level English classes (online and in the classroom). So when I say “diverse group” I mean that I have experience working with writers at all levels, different backgrounds, and abilities. I have an understanding of where a writer is, and what they need to do in order for their writing to grab you, command your attention, and make you want to read.

About Patrick O'Neil: 

Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon (Dzanc Books), and the excerpted in part French translation, Hold-Up (13e Note Editions). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including: Juxtapoz, Salon.com, The Weeklings, Razorcake, Sensitive Skin, Fourteen Hills, and Word Riot. Patrick is an editor for the NYC-to-California-transplant-post-beat-pre-apocalyptic art, writing, and music anthology Sensitive Skin Magazine. And a two time nominee for Best Of The Net. He is a regular contributor to the recovery website After Party Chat, and has been blogging at Full Blue Moon Dementia for over ten years. Patrick holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, lives in Hollywood, California, and teaches at a local community college. Check out Patrick's web-site for more information www.patrick-oneil.com and his blog Full Blue Moon Dementia https://patrick-oneil.com/blog/

 

Manuscript Review with Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald
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Fiction, Nonfiction
Manuscript Review with Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who are submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald's Book Coaching Statement:

My first rule of book coaching is to create a safe place for both the author and the work to go on a journey to help create the best version of the work. I stay in-tune to the author’s vision through the process.

I approach from a curious place. What is this work? What does it want to be? What is working extremely well? What would make it work even better to make the story the best it can be? I examine things such as the overall arc of the plot, characterization develop, embodied setting, voice and much more.

I look at what is the strengths of the writer and how can it be capitalized on that? Where does this book fit in the wide landscape of literary world? What would make it stand out in the marketplace that only this author could do? What is unique about the work? What is the unique gift about the author?

I have a tendency to prefer more upmarket and commercial works, but do appreciate literary as long there is some gripping issue or intriguing plot line even if it is loose or a very engaging voice.

I also look at the book through the lens of the reader. What would confuse them? (Not that everything needs to be understood, but at least let the reader have a general idea of what is going on.) What will engage the reader even more? Is the story fully developed? What could be done to make this the most engaging tale possible?

I love helping authors make their work, their career, and their vision sing.

About Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald:

Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald is author of 23 books, including The Superstitious Romance, which hit Amazon best-seller list March 27-29, 2016 in Romance and Inspirational categories. She has published in a wide range of genres from historical fiction, mystery, sweet romance, quote books, picture books, middle-grade, cross-curriculum workbooks, and women’s fiction to self-help and business.

She also published in numerous magazines, including Women’s World, wrote the script for the movie, “Only Once” staring featuring Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Austin O’Brien. She was a script consultant for several other independent films, including bestselling Christian film, Christmas Mission.

She is also a creative coach for the past 14 years and has been a former radio show host. She can be found at www.StepItUpEnterprises.com and her current fiction written under a pseudo name www.AnastasiaAlexander.com

 

Manuscript Review with Andromeda Romano Lax
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction.  Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Andromeda's Book Coaching Statement:

You’ve gone as far as you can on your own. Now you’re ready to make an even bigger commitment, with the help of instruction, rigorous feedback, and ongoing editorial support.

Whether you’re writing your very first novel or memoir draft, tackling a major revision, preparing for a submission to agents or editors, or simply trying to add to your writer’s toolbox, I’m here to help.

How do I know what you need? Because at many critical junctures in my own writing career of 25 years, I’ve needed the same kind of assistance. We all do, whether we’ve written one book manuscript or twenty–all the more so if we keep reaching higher with every project. Hemingway had Gertrude Stein. Fitzgerald had Max Perkins. You need someone who will encourage you, challenge you, and help you see past blind spots toward the best possible version of your future, final draft.

Friends and peers often can’t find the time or summon the skills and big-picture thinking necessary to provide long-term instruction and macro-scale feedback that goes beyond page-by-page tinkering to larger issues of structure, overall story arc, characterization, POV and more. Many agents and editors are no longer willing to do developmental editing. The publishing world is more fickle than ever. Self-publishing–the right answer for a few, certainly not all–is not the easy way out, either. There’s no point in making a manuscript publicly available that isn’t all it could have been.

Needing expert help is not an indication that you’re stumbling as a writer. It’s a sign that you’re moving forward. Together, we’ll work not just on making corrections but on developing new questions, insights and tools that will enrich your writing beyond the current manuscript. I look forward to meeting you and your work!  

About Andromeda Romano-Lax:

Andromeda Romano-Lax worked as a journalist, essayist, and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel,The Spanish Bow, was translated into eleven languages and chosen as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and one of Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year. Her second novel, The Detour, was published in 2012. Andromeda co-founded an Alaska statewide literary organization and teaches in the University of Alaska Anchorage low-residency MFA program. She holds an MFA and Post-MFA Pedagogy Certificate from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her special interests include novel structure, revision, and lifelong strategies for developing as a writer. 

 

Manuscript Review with Eduardo Santiago
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Eduardo's Book Coaching Statement:


Many people want to start a book or complete a book-in-progress, but few actually finish a manuscript. As an experienced creative writing instructor and book coach, I have a growing list of students, former students and clients who have completed their first drafts, many who've seen their work published, or are in discussions with agents.

To get students from "wanting to write a book" to committing and finishing one is exciting, and I become very involved. My process is structured and methodical because I strongly believe that the less confusion I create for the students, the more they can use their energies and imaginations to create their story.

These are some of the ways that I will guide you:

I will help you to understand what it is you're trying to say, and discover why and how to to say it through the use of setting, character, voice, suspense, conflict, context, and objective.

Together, we will find (or settle upon) a solid literary structure that will carry all the thoughts, memories and experiences that are your raw material and that you want to include in the novel.

It's essential to develop harmony between the writer and the judge-and-jury in your head so that every writing session doesn't begin as a bloody battle. Through conversations and meditations you learn how to calm the enemy within and access your higher self, the inner writer. Above all, I prompt you to find your passion and tap into the reservoir of confidence that are essential for you to get the stories out of your head and onto the page.

Once I get you started, I will stay with you draft after draft to make sure you are staying honest and invested in yourself as writer, that you are using the most current literary elements required to make a book work, and that the work is clean, impressive, and well on it's way to becoming a publishable product.

Writing a book, whether it's a novel, a memoir, or a collection of stories, is not easy. But it can be a pleasurable experience, and at times it can be joyous, transcendent fun. Sadly, having a partially written book can be torture. The only thing that makes me happier than helping another aspiring writer complete his or her book, is completing my own. Holding that red-hot manuscript in your hands is a triumphant feeling that I want all my students to have. It is because I've experienced that unique satisfaction that I am so committed to helping others to find it, and I will go to great lengths to get you there.

About Eduarod Santiago:

Eduardo Santiago’s first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss (Little, Brown & Co.) was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist and a Latino Book Award finalist. Mr. Santiago’s next novel, Midnight Rumba, was awarded top honors at the prestigious New England Book Festival 2013, the Latino International Book Awards, and The Beverly Hills Book Awards.

His fiction has been published in ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer, and his nonfiction has appeared in Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out Traveler Magazine. Mr. Santiago earned a BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Creative Writing MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. He has taught writing for UCLA’s Writing Program and at Mt. San Jacinto College.

He is the founder of the Idyllwild Authors Series, and a two-time PEN Center U.S.A. Fellow (2004 & 2008). His many personal appearances include CBS News, NPR’S All Things Considered, The New York City Book Festival, The Miami Book Fair International, The Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books, and The Tucson Festival of Books.

 

Manuscript Review with Lauren Schmidt
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You will work one on one with a  book coach revising your poetry manuscript. Evaluation includes a written overall critique, line notes as well as advice on writing and, when appropriate, publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Lauren's Book Coaching Statement

As a book coach, my job is to get you to think critically and dynamically about your own work. To that end, I will ask you questions, suggest poets/writers whose work may resonate with you, develop prompts to exercise and stretch your creative muscles, and model and encourage persistent revision.

Furthermore, I will emphasize clarity, musicality, precision in word choice and image, and succinctness. I will urge you to play with your line breaks and the shape your poems take on the page, as well as recommend attempts in using poetic devices and form where appropriate. Finally, I will help you find the themes as they emerge in your own work as you work towards a finalized manuscript.

But perhaps more importantly, here’s what I will NOT do.

I will NOT impose my own aesthetic. My job is to help you discover how to write your best poems, poems that are true to your vision and your voice. Any suggestions I make or questions I ask will be constructed without bias, but with great care and respect for you and your work.

I will NOT discourage creative resistance. As your coach, I will create the kind of environment that instigates and inspires, one that will result in thoughtful conversations where I stand to learn as much as you. You are encouraged to accept or reject suggestions that are not consistent with your vision. Part of this learning experience should be refining that vision, and sometimes, the best way to do that is to start eliminating what doesn’t square with it.

I will NOT revise, review, or explicate your poems, for my role as your coach does not warrant that kind of power over your work. Rather, I will provide you with tools to help you grow and change and provide a space safe enough to do so.

I will NOT expect blind acquiescence. Such a relationship suggests a power dynamic that stifles creativity. Furthermore, that relationship presupposes that I have all the answers and you have none, and I have found that people who think they already know everything are the most limited in where they are capable of going creatively. Instead, I consider us both teachers and students, each prepared with our own set of skills and experience—the magic is in what happens when we bring them together.

As your coach, you will find that my energy feeds off writers who are open and willing to learn, who remain committed to the craft (even when it gets hard or when life gets in the way), and who demonstrate a level of excitement equal to my own.

I look forward to working with you!

About Lauren Schmidt: 

Lauren Schmidt is the author of three collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair MissingThe Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, New York Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, The Progressive, and others. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poetry. Schmidt is an Instructor of Developmental English at Passaic County Community College where she founded RAW, a social justice-oriented poetry club for PCCC students. She serves as a Poet-in-the-Schools for Paterson Public Schools and volunteer teaches a creative writing workshop at a transitional housing program for homeless women in Paterson as well. 

 

Manuscript Review with Dana L. Stringer
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You will work one on one with a  book coach revising your poetry manuscript, up to  a hundred pages. Evaluation includes a written overall critique, line notes as well as advice on writing and, when appropriate, publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Dana’s Book Coaching Statement: 

As a book coach, my first priority is to embrace your vision for your poetry. Initially, the vision may be unclear, but together we will embark upon a journey of exploration and discovery in identifying emerging patterns as well as recurring images, themes, words, sounds, and ideas in your work.

As a poet, you have your own unique way of “saying” and “playing” on paper, and part of that involves taking risks and being challenged to consider interesting possibilities with your poems. Therefore, our journey together will involve a certain degree of inquiry: Why is the poem happening? What is the poem enacting? And can the poem make us feel something?

I believe that poets draw inspiration and insight from various things—paintings, photographs, music, culture, other poets and poems, or simply writing exercises. We will put effort into recognizing what informs your work and what essentially keeps you writing and rewriting.

Mary Kinzie said, “What a poet keeps out of a poem is as necessary to its success as what the poet lets into it.” I believe that writing is a craft but revision is an art; therefore, I will encourage you to fall in love with the revision process. Ultimately, my desire is to guide and assist you in skillfully navigating through the marvelous world of language in order to create a stylized work of art.

About Dana L. Stringer:

About Dana L. Stringer

Dana L. Stringer is a poet, playwright, freelance writer, and instructor.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and a BA from Morehead State University.  Her debut collection of poetry, In Between Faith, was published in 2014, and she has been a featured poet in various venues across the country.  Dana’s work has appeared in literary journals as well as anthologies.  She has also served as a contributing writer and associate editor for online and print outlets.  In addition, Dana is a produced playwright and a member of Working Title Playwrights.  Her produced plays and staged readings include:  Looter, Secret Life in a Sacred House, Colored in Winter, Solomon’s Porch, The Costume Waver, ID, and Kinsman Redeemer.  Dana is currently an instructional facilitator at Antioch University Los Angeles and an academic writing tutor for a nationally recognized eLearning corporation, serving colleges, universities, libraries, and school districts.  She is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  For more information, visit:  www.danastringer.com.