What is a writing mentor?

Hypothetically, let’s say you want to

  • write a book (novel, nonfiction, etc)
  • start a blog
  • finish a manuscript
  • plan a series of written projects
  • improve your business writing
  • adopt a writing ritual for personal development

A writing mentor helps you get where you want to go.

I never take a cookie-cutter approach with my clients. Everybody has different needs.

Personally, over the years I have been a client to coaches and teachers who worked with me the same way they worked with their other clients. I got some benefit from it, but what I really wanted was a mentor who had the courage to truly feel me and could speak to where I was in any given moment. I wanted to be seen.

I admire mentors and practitioners who can really speak to the best in someone, and that is what I aspire to do every day with my clients.

Maybe all you really need is to have someone keep you totally accountable. That can be far more helpful than it might sound! Or maybe you know you need to make a shift but you can’t for the life of you make that happen. I have definitely been there. I needed someone to draw out what was truest and best within me.

With a one-on-one relationship, there is a huge potential for richness and depth.

During our initial hour-long call, we get a feel for each other and discuss where you want to go. If you want to work together, we can map out a plan of action.

I’ve been a writer for years but I draw from multiple wells of experience. Thus far in my life, I have been all over the place. I am a university English professor, I have facilitated writing and wellness retreats, farmed biodynamically and built an off-grid homestead, a tiny house, traveled the world, been a yogi, and now I keep a daily meditation practice with absolute dedication. I am an avid freewriter and supporter of independent publishing.

When you work with me, I will help you to

  • stay accountable
  • hone your voice
  • clarify messy drafts (I love messy drafts!)
  • accomplish a big goal
  • find depth and authenticity in your writing

I love all genres, so don’t worry if you are self-conscious about yours. Thus far, I have never remarked about a client that their goals are unrealistic and I have never had a problem with a writing project being too chaotic or unclear. And plenty of times I get approached by people who have nothing down on paper yet. That’s fine! All you need is an idea. Let’s have a conversation and see what we can make happen.

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Writing Mentor Options

1. Manuscript feedback.

   Send me your manuscript, your rough draft, your project notes. I read through, make notes, and give you overall suggestions. We meet in person (if you are located in the SF Bay area) or via phone for an hour-long session. $210

2. Mentor.(most common)

You'd like ongoing help to see you through a larger project.    Ongoing manuscript feedback and hour-long weekly phone conversations to address anything that arises for you as you work on your book, blog, etc. Nothing is cookie-cutter. I work with each of my clients in a fluid and adaptable way that best meets their needs. I'm good at guiding writers into their untapped creative potential, getting them more in touch with who they really are. $440/month

3. Rapid-fire strategy sessions.

   You call me with questions and we talk through them. $60/hr

4. Group events.

   Several options! Contact me if you're interested.    - Mysteries of the Imagination collaborative interactive freewriting and strategy session (2-3 hours)    - Writing Immersion Retreat (weekend, 1 or 2 week long)    - Hands-on freewriting presentation for business/corporate organization

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