MENTORSHIP

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you."  – Zora Neale Hurston

Are you burning with a story you must tell, but don’t know how or where to begin? Has your MFA thesis been approved to meet your program’s academic requirements, and now it’s time to revise and refine it into the book you want it to be? Are you stuck in the middle of a manuscript and need someone to help you find your way? Is this the year you’ve vowed to finish your novel or memoir?    

I offer mentorship to writers who are committed to their projects and to whom I believe I can be helpful, whether they are in the beginning stages of turning an idea into words or far along in the completion of a manuscript draft. A mentor is more than an editor or a teacher: a mentor supports and guides your writing process & practice as much as she helps to refine the product of your effort. A mentor understands your vision and believes in your potential to fulfill it. A mentor offers expertise and honesty, and invests in your writing and in you as a writer.

As your mentor I will keep you accountable to your project while nurturing your growth as a writer. Like a midwife, I will encourage you, anticipate the next stage of your labor, and give you periodic updates on your progress -- and I will also tell you when it’s time to push.

Together we will create a strategic plan for completing your writing project. I will promptly read & respond to your work in writing and via phone or Skype. I will direct you toward readings, writers, and writing exercises chosen for your interests and challenges. And I will be available for advice, feedback, questions and concerns.

Mentorship is available in 6-month, repeatable increments. How we proceed during those 6 months will be personalized to your goals and availability. The status of your project and your desired level of interaction – as intensive as a weekly, personalized MFA-level  tutorial, as streamlined as a once-a-month conference, or anything between -- will dictate the fee (sample fee schedule available by request).

Interested? Want more information? Tell me about yourself, your project, and what you’re looking for in a mentorship here