WRITING COACH

Are you working on a novel, short short, or non-fiction book or article? Are you searching for someone to listen to your writing dilemmas, and offer knowledgeable advice and feedback? Well, look no further!

As a former English teacher and writer myself, I know the process can be challenging at times. But it's worth it!

If you don't have time to go to writing groups, and listen while everyone else's material is critiqued, you can contact me. I work one-on-one with clients to improve their writing -- as it relates to a specific project. I examine your writing for theme, plot structure, character development and atmosphere, and see if I can make any suggestions for improvement.

Whatever you feel that you need to work on, we will confront it together!

By phone. In person  -  I can come to your home, or we can meet in the Los Angeles area.  Or video conference. Or Skype. This reminds me of the poem Paul Revere's Ride by Longfellow. One if by land, or two if by sea!

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

EDITOR

I edit pages, chapters and entire novels!

I root out pesky, annoying grammar, word usage, and flow problems. What is flow in writing? It is like structure, but more organic.

That is such a stiff word, I like flow better.

If there is room for improvement, but it is not clear exactly what should be done, I will suggest changes, and then leave it up to you to remedy the problem.

As an English major at UCLA, I was on the Dean's List, wrote many papers on Shakespeare, studied Old English, poetry and multicultural fiction. Before that I was at Brown University for two years, where I studies Proust and Joyce. My favorite books are The Little Prince and James Joyce's Ulysses.

For the last seven years, I have been very active in SCBWI, as I worked on my own writing for children.

Areas of expertise:

  • Middle grade fiction

  • YA fiction

  • Non-fiction

    MY PUBLISHED WRITING:

  • Protest Outside Jewish School  This article received a lot of attention. Published in the Forward online.
  •  The Synopsis  or "How to Write a Synopsis" appeared in SCBWI's THE BOOK in 2014 and has been published every year since. 
  • The Runaway, a YA short story, appeared in The Black Ace Journal.
  • T is for Tree: A Teaching Story appeared in Ngoma, a Rudolf Steiner Journal.

 

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SPEAKER

I  lead writing workshops and also speak about  Hollywood history.

I gave a talk at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa last summer in connection with an exhibit "100 Years of Hollywood: The Laemmle Effect."

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