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Writing Coaching - Customized Assistance, Guidance, Editorial Feedback (now booking Dec, Jan, Feb)

Writing Coaching -- Customized Support, Guidance, Advice, Feedback

Now accepting coaching clients for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016. Limited slots available. Register now with button below to reserve your start date.

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 as often as you want, and/or talk by phone, 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 to writers.

Cost: $275 (nonrefundable) [With advance notice, unused weeks can be moved to a later date, or a pro-rated amount applied to an editing project or other class.]

Available by calendar month or any 4-week period. 

My writing students and those writers I have coached have had work published (or forthcoming) in: the New York Times; More; Literary Mama; N (Nantucket) Magazine; AARP; The Healing Muse; Yankee Magazine; Skirt!; XO Jane; Washington Post (On Parenting); Motherlode (NYT); Scholastic; Next Avenue; CNN's iReport; Medium; American Journal of Nursing (Off the Charts blog); Chicken Soup for the Soul (multiple titles); Brain, Child; Elephant Journal; Huffington Post; Babble; Motherlode and Opinionator (NY Times blogs); Rock and Sling; War Literature and the Arts; Success Magazine; SheWrites Press; 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 and Baristanet; Monday Coffee (anthology); NJ Family; YourTango; The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism; Eckhart Tohle's Newsletter; DesistFilm; Magazine Diabolique/Horror Unlimited; South Dakota Poetry Society Contest; 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 want to ask questions, email me: LisaRomeoWrites   at 

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Coaching image (Arrow), Flickr/Creative Commons, Scott Maxwell-Lumaxart