Writing classes 

Whether you prefer private mentoring or group classes, we focus on all the literary elements of fiction and nonfiction, like structure, setting, plot and character development, sensory-based details, point of view, style, voice, tone, and much more.

Group classes meet weekly for 2-hour sessions and are limited to 4 writers working on a serious project:

  • We start with a sensory-based writing prompt

  • We continue with a discussion of craft principles and how behavior change models relate to character and plot development

  • Each student comes prepared to read up to 5 pages and hear a round of critiques

Manuscript critiquing

Developmental editing

I read your manuscript and provide a written review, summarizing what is working particularly well and making suggestions for improving structure, clarity, and flow. The report will typically be a couple of paragraphs on a short story or chapter and a page or more for a book-length manuscript, together with line comments on the manuscript.

My comments will cover character transformation and plot development; structure; setting; sensory-based details; point of view; style, voice and tone. Included in the price is a 15-minute phone discussion or you can email me with questions about the critique. I accept hard copies, though I prefer electronic submissions. I charge a minimum fee for short works less than twenty-five pages.

Light proofreading

I read your final manuscript word-for-word to check for typographical errors, including:

  • Incorrect punctuation

  • Inconsistent line, word, or page spacing

  • Erratic numbering of list items and labeling of captions

  • Improper word breaks

  • Page break problems like widows and orphans

  • Irregularities in fonts types

  • Inconsistent page headers, footers and page numbers

  • Discrepancies in tables, figures, charts, and graphs

  • Incompatible diagrams and illustrations

  • Inconsistent use of abbreviations and acronyms

  • Unreliable Table of Contents

Ghostwriting

  • Fiction (novels - all genres)

  • Nonfiction (memoirs, corporate histories, personal legacies)

Rates

I work hard to keep overheads low and rates affordable for all budgets. Depending the nature and scope of a project, I am always willing to negotiate a flat project fee or daily rate. Contact me with details of your project and to discuss rates and terms, or to learn more during a free initial consultation.


Creativity coaching

I work with writers who want to develop better strategies for improving their creativity and productivity. Similar to life coaching, I help you identify the thought processes, internal conflicts, and limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from doing your best work. Together, we set well-formed goals to achieve both the creative and professional outcomes you want. You will learn new mental strategies to help you:

  • Enhance your current creative abilities

  • Transfer creative ability from one context to another

  • Utilize the three stages of the creative cycle more effectively

  • Focus bursts of creativity in a more organized and systematic way

  • Develop conscious access to internal resources that support your performance

Creativity workshops

I offer on-site workshops to any eclectic mix of creative people and executives of an organization in small groups of 6 to 20 people. Through role-play and discussion, we explore different creative types and the various phases of the creative cycle. The participants gain a better understanding of thought and behavior processes and the cybernetic nature of communication. They develop new strategies for thinking creatively and improving their productivity.

In addition, I offer free brown bag lunch talks to small creative and executive groups. The talks comprise principles that are inherent in my skills-based and creativity coaching, such as:

  • How to model excellence

  • How to create well-formed goals

  • How to anchor resourceful states

  • How to resolve internal and external conflict

  • How to elicit information and build rapport

  • How to differentiate between content and context

  • How to test congruency of values and beliefs

  • Deletions, distortions, generalizations, and metaphors of language

  • The neurological levels of change: environment, behavior, capability, values and beliefs, identity, spirituality

Rates

I work hard to keep overheads low and rates affordable for all budgets. Depending the nature and scope of a project, I am always willing to negotiate a flat project fee or daily rate. Contact me with details of your project and to discuss rates and terms, or to learn more during a free initial consultation.


Copywriting

Whatever the nature or scope of your project, my aptitude for research, passion for language, and knowledge of sensory-based communication means the end product will truly realize the objectives of your communication. When you hire me, you get a writer who understands the creative process and is good at conceptualizing ideas, organizing the content, and managing the project. In addition, you can expect a competitive rate structure.

What I do best

  • Healthcare advertising: consumer education / physician communication

  • Promotional copy: business-to-consumer / business-to-business

  • Content development: websites / blogs / social media platforms

  • Journal and magazine articles

What I charge

I work hard to keep overheads low and rates affordable for all budgets. Depending the nature and scope of a project, I am always willing to negotiate a flat project fee or daily rate. Contact me with details of your project and to discuss rates and terms, or to learn more during a free initial consultation.