"The feedback you give me is more helpful than any feedback I've ever gotten!"
I really enjoy working one-on-one with individuals looking for personal attention on their creative writing (prose, poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction). I have 30 years of expertise teaching creative writing and mentoring writers of all levels. I have a craft-focused approach to writing, and my feedback on your work is insightful and practical. I offer concrete ideas for revision, and suggest further readings to expand and deepen your knowledge and skills, and work with you to get your writing to the next stage.
I have been a poetry editor at a major literary magazine, and know how to present your work to editors to increase your chances of being published. I have worked for two different independent publishers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. I bring this experience, along with my many years of being a working writer, to help my clients refine and publish their work, and create simple tracking systems to grow their creative business.
I customize my work with writers to fit their needs. We can focus on your drafts, or include deeper conversations about your process and writing life—addressing issues like procrastination, writer's block, building a business, or sustaining a writing practice. I offer customized small and large editing packages to suit your needs.
Let's create a format that works best for you and your project! Together, we will design a mentorship to suit your particular goals and timeframe. Isn't it time to achieve your writing goals?
Options for private mentorships can include whatever you're needing, such as:
For these services and other tailored short-term projects, I charge an affordable hourly rate and bill in fifteen-minute increments. Payment plans are no problem! Please contact me for further details.
“I think you are a gifted coach and writer. You’ve given me insight, encouragement, information, tools, revelations, honesty, humor and ideas. You have an amazing ability to cut to the chase and find the heart of a poem. You’ve taught me to ask myself what I’m trying to say. I am in awe of your knowledge of poetry and poets. I have reached
the goal I stated in the beginning of our working together. Thank you!”
“I can always count on Melanie for in-depth and high quality feedback on my poems. I have found both her written and verbal critiques to be thought-provoking and encouraging. Her mentoring has made all the difference in helping me develop and hone my poetry writing skills, and I look forward to continuing to work with her. I highly recommend Melanie's services to poets who are serious about improving the art and craft of their writing.”
"I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the help you have offered!"
“Melanie is an amazing, motivating coach and skilled writer. She helped me reach my goals and recognize new ones that evolved from our work together. Our phone conversations and her feedback on my work were very insightful and a tremendous help to my growth as a writer. I grew more in our time together than I ever would have on my own."
"I appreciated Melanie's energy and thoughtfulness in providing feedback, both verbal and writen. I like how she was not punitive, but accepting of individual student’s paces."
“Than you so much for your wonderful instruction about poetry. I am amazed by the amount I learned. I am so grateful for your high expectations.
I am especially thankful for your thoughtful comments and readings of my work and others. I will cherish your comments as I go forward.”