Book Coaching Package with Dana L. Stringer

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List Price: $120.00


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.


“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