As of 7/1414, there is one slot available for a new client. Current and past clients, email me for availability.
I work with fiction and nonfiction writers, any style or genre/category, on projects that range from short essays, short stories, blog posts/blog development, short memoir pieces, and poems -- up to full novel or memoir manuscripts, chapbooks, anthologies, book ideas just taking shape, etc.
Writing coaching is highly customized, so it looks different for every writer.
But in all cases: first, we talk by phone (or if you're local, in person) about your current challenges, and your writing goals; we brainstorm, make a schedule.
Once we identify the project(s) and any obstacles, you then write (and/or revise/rewrite) and send your work to me. I read your creative work very carefully and provide a high level of detailed feedback, editing suggestions, comments. I can do the same for outlines or any other documents for which you want to receive feedback. [All written work I read/respond to is included in a generous 8,000 word limit over the 4-week period.]
Or, if you do not want or need critical feedback at the moment, I focus solely on helping you identify, plan, work through, and achieve specific writing/writing-related goals and tasks, and stay in motion on writing projects (this can include revisions, research, submission strategy, project organization, MFA program research and selection, book marketing/publicity, craft resources, reading suggestions, etc.).
I also help writers with organizing a large writing project; preparing an MFA application/portfolio; planning and executing submissions (mainstream media or literary); or anything else. We come up with a plan, schedule, and feedback system that will help you move forward.
Many coaching clients opt for frequent productivity/accountability check-ins -- this can be as often as daily, or several times a week; or weekly; whatever helps you keep in motion. Check-ins can be done via text or email.
No matter what you are working on, we email all month long (if you want), and/or talk by phone (again, optional), about the project(s), and/or about any aspect of your writing and writing life. I can point you to resources that will be of help to your growth as a writer, such as craft books and articles, writing classes and programs, literary communities, etc.
You will also receive the Thinking Writers Wake-up Call, a three-times-a-week email which offers a brief note from me about a personal writing experience; a writing prompt; a motivational tidbit; a quote from an accomplished author; and a link to an article, essay, story or post of value.
Cost: $275 (nonrefundable)
Available by calendar month or any 4-week period.
Writers who I have coached have had work published (or forthcoming) in a number of venues, including: the New York Times, More, Literary Mama, N (Nantucket) Magazine, AARP, The Healing Muse, Skirt!, Scholastic, Next Avenue, CNN's iReport,Medium, Chicken Soup for the Soul (multiple titles), Brain Child, Huffington Post, Babble, Motherlode (NY Times blog), War Literature and the Arts, Success Magazine, Eight Stone Press, KQED (Bay Area public radio), Brushes with Fame/Smith Magazine, The Quotable 12, Brevity Blog (2013 Mystery & Memory contest), Beliefnet, Grand Piano Passion, The Quotable, The Tao of Place (anthology), This I Believe, Berkeley Times, BaristaKids; Monday Coffee (anthology), NJ Family, YourTango, DesistFilm, Magazine Diabolique/Horror Unlimited, and many others.
Many other writers I've worked with on book-length projects are in the agent and/or publisher submission process; several have already been traditionally published or self-published.
To register, please use the Buy Now button below. If you prefer to pay by check or need to ask questions, email LisaRomeoWrites@gmail.com.
Coaching image (cartoon), Flickr/Creative Commons, RichardStep