Writing Coach and Mentor


If you have an idea for a book, if you have the ten-year-old dream of writing your story, if you now are willing to grab, carve, and protect your time as a writer, I can be the motivating support to help you take the first steps.

I am a mentor with writing and publishing experience to remind you that you are the only person who is uniquely qualified to write and publish your story.  As writing coach, I supply feedback to assure the next steps are taken, and help you construct a realistic timeline with tips to stay on track and finish that book.

Twenty-eight years as an educator of young children, teenagers, and university students, along with fifteen years of life coaching have enabled me to hone the skills of evaluating, motivating, and helping clients reframe their words, ideas, and hone their writing “voice” so it all fits into the puzzle of a congruent, well-written piece. Ten years experience working with writers has allowed me fill up my writer’s tool kit with practical tools for writing success.

  • As writing coach I assist in idea formulation, and step-by-step planning to engineer a full story project. Monthly plans are supplemented with online and in-print resources, downloads, and organization and conference possibilities.
  • As your cheerleader I pick up my virtual pompoms and applaud each successive step that brings you to starting, continuing, and fulfilling your writing dream.
  • If you have an unfinished project (one-time article or a full manuscript), I help you remove writing roadblocks ( I don’t have time, Who will want to read this? How do I publish?)  and don the Teflon to let the occasional negative remark slide right by.

I can be your writing coach.

Writing Presentation Workshops

  • Building a Writer Platform
  • Critiquing and Conferencing in Writing Groups
  • Don’t Shoot the Messenger: Creating Memorable Characters
  • Getting Started On Your Memoir:  “It really happened and I have to write about it.”
  • Going Deeper in Your Writing Process
  • Memoir Panel: Authors Duke Southard,  and Ethel share perspectives on contemporary memoir
  • TELL IT! Presentation Skills for Writers, Speakers and Storytellers- with Penelope Starr
  • The Five Elements of Memoir
  • The Writing Process: Getting Started

For Younger Writers (K-7)

  • The Writing Process- I’m a Writer Too!
  • 3 2 1! Memories to Memoir

Books and Resources to Enhance Your Writing Life

Books to Enhance Your Writing Life

An American Childhood- Annie Dillard

Growing Up – Russell Baker

How to Get Happily Published –  Judith Appelbaum

How To Register a Copyright and Protect Your Creative Work – Robert Chickering

Inventing the Truth: The Art & Craft of Memoir – edited by William Zinsser

Living Between the Lines – Lucy McCormick Calkins with Shelley Harwayne

Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings and Everything in Between – Richard Bausch


On Writing Well – William Zinsser

On Writing- A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King

Reading Like a Writer – Francine Prose

Self-editing for Fiction Writers – Renni Browne & Dave King

The Aladdin Factor – Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen

The Art of Fiction – Ayn Rand

The Art of Teaching Writing – Lucy McCormick Calkins

The Artists Way   and   The Vein of Gold – Julia Cameron


The Intuitive Writer – Gail Sher

The Writing Life  – Annie Dillard

Turning Memories Into Memoirs – Denis Ledoux

What a Writer Needs – Ralph Fletcher

Why Women Earn Less – Mikelann Valterra

Writing and Publishing Personal Essays – Sheila Bender

Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg

Writing the Memoir- Judith Barrington

Writing to Learn – William Zinsser