Manuscript Review with Julia Knowlton

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List Price: $499.00


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:

As your book coach, I will focus on improvement in three elements in your writing life: poetic language, time management, and personal confidence. All three of these elements are crucial to my own writing life.

First, we will focus on the obvious: language. I will lend my reading and writing skills in order to help you hone your poetic lines.  My philosophy of poetic language is inspired by the French poet Théophile Gautier: he saw the poem as a work of art that is "sculpted" out of the rough block of marble that is language.  The most beautiful lines of poetry are the ones in which nothing extraneous or unnecessary appears; the poet's job is to "sculpt" the block of marble.  I will provide practical tips on how to do this; for instance, avoiding prepositions and articles unless absolutely necessary to the poem's meaning. By sculpting language, we arrive at beauty and meaning.

Next, time management. Most of us have many forces that pull us away from our writing: young children, elderly parents, job and financial demands, and the list goes on!  I will help you to develop a time management schedule that fits your needs.  As the poet Mary Oliver said, every writer needs to "make an appointment with herself/himself and keep that appointment."  Are you an early riser? A night owl?  How many hours per week can you realistically set aside to write?  Can you write at home, or do you need to go to a library or café? Can you get by with 20-30 minutes at a time, or do you need larger amounts of time?  Time management will help you meet your writing goals. 


Last but not least, confidence! Confidence as a writer takes time to cultivate; most writers confront some degree of intimidation, apprehension, or fear.  It is all too easy to compare ourselves to writers who seem more talented, more skilled, or more organized.  Tips for confidence-boosting will allow you to focus on your own strengths and motivation, as well as your own ability to create meaning that resonates with your own life experience.

About Julia Knowlton: 

Julia Knowlton is the author of a scholarly book, a memoir (Body Story, 2004) and a chapbook of poems (Café of Unintelligible Desire, 2018). Her first full-length collection of poetry, One Clean Feather, will be published in 2020 by Finishing Line Press. Julia's poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Roanoke Review and Raw Art Review. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize as well as a Pushcart nominee.  Julia works full-time as a college professor of French in Atlanta, GA and travels to France as often as possible. In her spare time, she enjoys cinema, travel, and yoga.