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Book Coaching Package with Jeff McElroy
$120.00
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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

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.

 

Book Coaching Package with Jamie Moore
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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

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.

 

Book Coaching Package with Patrick O'Neil
$120.00
Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
Book Coaching Package with Patrick O'Neil
$120.00
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Genre: Creative nonfiction, memoir

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

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). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz, Salon, The Nervous BreakdownAfter Party Magazine, and Razorcake. O’Neil is a contributing editor for Sensitive Skin Magazine, a Pushcart nominee, a two time nominee for Best Of The Net, and a PEN Center USA Professional and former Mentor. He holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles where he is an instructor for the inspiration2publication program. Most days you can find him teaching some form of creative writing at various rehabs, correctional facilities, institutions, and workshopsand he is the co-coordinator for the Why There Are Words, Los Angeles reading series. O’Neil currently lives in L.A.’s monument to broken dreams, the über hip downtown district, with his fiancé and two giant Maine Coons. For more information, please visit: patrick-oneil.com.

 

Book Coaching with Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald
$120.00
Fiction, Nonfiction
Book Coaching with Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald
$120.00
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Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction

For writers working on a novel, memoir, collection of short fiction or 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

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

 

Book Coaching Package with Eduardo Santiago
$120.00
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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

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 Eduardo 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.

 

Book Coaching Package with Lauren Schmidt
$120.00
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Genre: Poetry

You will work one on one with a book coach revising or composing up to ten pages of poetry. Evaluation includes a written overall critique and 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. 

 

Book Coaching Package with Dana L. Stringer
$120.00
| Led By Poetry
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Genre: Poetry

You will work one on one with a book coach revising or composing up to ten pages of poetry. Evaluation includes a written overall critique and 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

Dana Stringer is a poet, playwright, freelance writer and writing instructor.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she currently serves as an online instructor and instructional facilitator in the Inspiration2Publication Program.  In addition, she is an academic writing tutor for an eLearning corporation, serving colleges, universities, libraries, and school districts.  She is the author of the chapbook In Between Faith (Black Picket Fence, 2014).  Her poetry has appeared in the African American Review as well as other literary journals and anthologies.  She has also been a contributing writer for several online outlets.   In addition, Dana is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Working Title Playwrights.  Her produced plays and staged readings include:  Kinsman Redeemer, ID, The Costume Waver, Colored in Winter, Looter, Ms. Frankie Lee, Spare Change, Secret Life in a Sacred House, and Solomon’s Porch.  She is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Testimonials:

“Nobody has ever given me this level of feedback on my writing.  Thank you for this gift of attention…Your notes are incredibly affirming…”  Prana, Hawai’i

 

“…I really enjoyed the lessons.  They were exactly what I had been looking for and unable to find.  I liked the clear, easy to understand exercises with examples that inspired me to write.” 

Hank, California

 

 
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