Writing Coaching

Writing Coaching

Sometimes our writing journey brings us to moments when personalized support would be helpful. Maybe you're working on a special project, overcoming a creative block, or want to strengthen a specific part of your writing. I offer writing coaching that is a mix of open-minded listening, creative guidance, feedback, and editing support. All one-on-one coaching sessions are rooted in my training as a leader of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. 

The joy in this work comes from spotting your creative strengths and helping you bring your natural voice forward. I'll ask questions to help you get to the root of what you're trying to say and surface new ideas, techniques, and practices. I welcome writers of any experience level, writing style, or voice and will tailor sessions to your writing journey.

How one-on-one sessions work

One-on-one coaching is available online or in Voice & Vessel's Grand Rapids studio. Online sessions use a private meeting tool that's free, easy to use, and includes a recording of our time together. Live sessions usually last one hour. Many writers also use coaching time between sessions for close reading of drafts, feedback and guidance via email, and other support.

Writers who commit to multiple sessions over six months to a year tend to find more flow in their work, and we can go deeper into a particular area of craft or focus on completing a piece of writing. Sometimes sessions are practical (e.g., the nuts and bolts of submissions). In other cases, they are conceptual or generative (e.g., breaking through a creative block, revising a difficult piece). No matter what, they are hands-on and collaborative. I'll offer specific guidance for writing and revision, close readings of your writing, recommendations of books or writers to follow, writing prompts, suggested creative tools or practices, and more depending on your needs.

Get started with one-on-one coaching.

Interested in learning more about one-on-one support for your writing? Please complete the form below, and I'll follow up shortly with more details and options for your first session.

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Why get a writing coach?

I support a range of folks as diverse as the stories they tell: new writers who are getting to know their voice and creative routine, writers who want to polish and publish their work, professionals and business owners who want to sharpen their writing skills, and so on. You may be looking for guidance to:

  • Use your voice more confidently or see how it's coming through in your drafts.
  • Open up to the story you want to share or go deeper into an idea you're exploring.
  • Overcome blocks or anxiety in the creative process.
  • Build a consistent writing practice or re-energize your creative routine.
  • Plan a new creative project.
  • Take a fresh look at a manuscript you're revising.
  • Decide whether a piece is ready for publication and find a good home for it.

Investment

Ongoing, one-on-one support starts at $50 per hour. First-time sessions are $100 and include a close reading of your writing before we meet. Learn more about how first-time sessions work.

About Your Guide

I'm Emily Stoddard, a writer with over 15 years of experience in making meaning with words. My writing has appeared in New Poetry from the Midwest, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Manifest-Station, An Alphabet of Embers, Watershed Review, Menacing Hedge, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere. In addition to supporting writers, I've helped over 40 nonprofits and businesses tell their story. You can read more about my background here.