Coaching

I lean on my training and experience as a journalist and self-published author to to coach writers and organizations on the art and business of content creation.

I show writers how to use newsroom methods to make reliably good content on deadline. I provide tools for developing a professional, productive, predictable output. I help create accountability systems and remind writers to prioritize their writing.

Who I work with

I work with people who have a writing project on the go and need help finishing it.

I also work with people who simply want to take writing more seriously.

  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Experienced and beginner
  • Individuals and groups
  • Artists and entrepreneurs

Types of projects

A few examples of writing projects I’ve helped clients with:

  • self-published books
  • ebooks
  • blog posts 
  • LinkedIn posts
  • fictional short stories
  • art grant applications
  • social media posts

A yoga mindset

To help writers adopt a productive and sustainable approach to writing, I draw on my study of yoga. For the past 20 years I’ve studied many aspects of the ancient practice. I’ve learned from many wonderful teachers. I’m especially influenced by the teachers at YogaSpace in Toronto, as well as Yasodhara in British Columbia.

The yoga mindset translates well to writing. It can help writers cope with the pain — physical, mental and spiritual — of putting words on the page. It can help us focus our minds, hear our authentic voices, and have the courage to say what we really want to say.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done yoga! We’ll use simple stretches and exercises that can be done standing near a desk or sitting in a chair. I don’t speak Sanskrit, and I won’t try to balance your chakras.

I also use reflective writing exercises to help my clients get right to the heart of what they want to say. When I meet with a coaching client, the session often begins with a 10 minute session with a writing prompt. Pen on paper, of course!

Spreading posi vibes

Positive writing vibes are my specialty. I bring attention to what’s working in your writing to help you bring more of that to the page.

Oh, I’ll tell you the truth. I’ll definitely show you where your writing could be more amazing. I’ll explain elements of craft that can help you be more clear, compelling and concise. But I’ll say it in a way that will help you recognize and build on the writing strengths you already possess.

So, are you fascinated with the idea of having a writing coach? Read on for all the nitty gritty details.

Where I work

I am based in Toronto. But most of my work as a coach happens on the phone and online. I use Zoom for video calls, and phone for audio-only calls.

How it begins

It all begins with a free 15-minute exploratory call.

At this initial meeting, we’ll discuss your writing project, and your your writing experience and challenges. You may already have a clear idea what you need, or you may not. That’s cool! We’ll figure it out.

A custom plan

Every writer’s life and goals are different, so I create custom packages that account for the fluid nature of this work.

For these individualized packages, my fees vary based how much time I expect to spend working with you.

Making a commitment

If you like what I’m proposing, you approve the plan and we’re good to go! After that, we set up a schedule for our work together.

How we communicate

We’ll use a combination of email, phone, Zoom and in-person meetings. You can choose the channels that work best for you.

During the period of our work together, you’ll have unlimited access to me by email. You can ask questions, send a smoke signal or celebrate a win.

For sharing documents, I love using Google Drive. I’ll ask you to share your writing with me using this free cloud storage service.

How scheduling works

I book meetings at prearranged times. I’m flexible about interview times during business hours (M-F, 9-5, EST).

Questions? Let’s hop on a free 15-minute call!