Experienced, sensitive mentoring in a safe space to discuss your creative fears, concerns, and desires — “therapy for your book”
Consistent, clear artistic encouragement and problem-solving
Progress toward your goals in a structured but non-authoritarian, non-blaming environment
Personalized play and exercises that help you leap forward as a writer
What to expect:
Our first full Write Like A Unicorn session will include goal-setting. During this session, we may do a timed freewrite together to identify your needs and establish a basis for our relationship. All sessions are 55 minutes long.
Our time together might include:
• Customized writing exercises, games, and homework/assignments to break through blocks and reach new levels in your writing
• Troubleshooting your book’s structure and craft elements such as metaphor, theme, central argument, character, description, plot, and chapter-by-chapter work
• Developing tactics for working with/against your internal critic
• Talking through your fears and obstacles, brainstorming solutions, setting goals with non-blaming accountability
• Identifying other resources and what you need to support your writing
• Developing realistic expectations of yourself, your writing time, and your career
• Bringing the joy and sense of play back into your writing
• Creating a blueprint for your book, with milestones and a clear path for success
All of our work is completely confidential, and is informed by an anti-oppression framework that takes into account the particular creative obstacles often faced by people whose gender, class, race, caste, disability, sexual orientation, survivor history, language(s), and/or other qualities work against mainstream narratives.
What not to expect:
A boot camp/heavy discipline approach to writing; psychotherapy; connections with agents and editors; judgment of you and your work.
Why other writers love coaching:
“Insightful ~ invaluable ~ an immense help ~ many practical tips ~ facilitated the shedding of doubt ~ my personal crazybrain surgeon.” (See what other writers say about coaching.)
Types of writing I work with:
• Nonfiction and memoir
• Long-form journalism
• Dissertations, theses, articles, essays
• Proposals and applications, including book proposals, artist statements, white papers, startup pitches, etc.
“Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers.
You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues of fire. … Don’t let the censor
snuff out the spark, nor the gags muffle your voice. Put your shit on the paper.”