Writing Coaching

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Online & In-Person Writing Coach In Boston

I help you move through whatever is blocking you—internally or externally—so that you grow both on and off the page, and develop your strongest voice and vision for your work (and for your life).

I specialize in creative nonfiction, memoir and poetry, though I occasionally also work with fiction writers. I work with professional writers,  beginners, and everyone in between. I offer online writing classes, and I’m also a Boston writing coach for local students near me.

Whether you are writing a book or exploring the place of writing in your life, I can work with you to design a program that suits your particular needs, one that holds you accountable, helps you get clear on your ideas and put them on the page, helps you integrate your writing into your life, and guides you in the revision and the publishing processes, and more.

My coaching brings together mindful attention and aspects of craft; product and process; the head and the heart; the mind and spirit.

My abilities and credentials as a writing coach are unique. I’m an award winning, published creative writer, have a PhD in English literature and have taught at the university level, and have professional experience as an editor, all of which allow me to provide the highest quality editorial, craft, and technical advice to writers. At the same time, I have a deeply spiritual orientation and bring to my writing coaching my intuitive wisdom and experience as a transformational coach, meditation practitioner and yoga teacher.

Indeed, for me, writing is neither only product nor process, but something greater than the sum of the parts: it is a means of discovering, actualizing and sharing our voices—perhaps our most precious, powerful resource—with ourselves and with the world.

Working with me, my clients find that they are able to go deeper into their writing, discover more about themselves and the world, and communicate more effectively and powerfully with others.

While a class can provide community, one-on-one coaching with me can be a much faster, more efficient, and deeper process of working on a writing project than a class.

Whether online or in person, my writing coaching is always finely tuned to each client’s individual needs and interests, and I work with clients to give them the tools and guidance so that writing becomes an integral and coherent part of an aligned life.

 

There are a few ways we can work together.

The hallmark of all of my coaching is that it’s uniquely designed to meet your individual needs. I offer online writing coaching for many different skill levels. I also offering in person writing coaching in the Boston area for local students.

I find that coaching works best when writers give it at least a three month period to dig in, get work done, and make progress. As your coach, I come alongside every aspect of the writing process with you and am part of your journey so that you have a satisfying and fulfilling relationship to your writing.

See some of the ways we can work together, and then please reach out and we can work with one of these packages or create our own!

Contact me to see if we are a good fit. I take on only a limited number of one-on-one clients each year.

Introductory Breakthrough Session for Writers:

This 60- minute introductory session gives you a sense of what it’s like to work with me if you want to get a sense of what working with me is like before you dive into the three month program. In this session, we’ll talk about your plans/goals as a writer and look specifically at up to 8 pages of writing for editorial and emotional support and a clear path forward. You’ll come out of these 60 minutes with a clear sense of what your next steps as a writer are. 

Price for Introductory First Session

Three-month one-on-one coaching program 

This three-month package helps you move forward in a tangible and efficient way with a writing project so that you can finally write the work you’ve been meaning to write. Even if you don’t know what that work is yet, I can help you get clear on your your goals and come into a more aligned relationship with your writing and voice.

Perhaps you’re writing for personal exploration and healing. I’m here to encourage and guide the writing and outcomes that make sense for you at the moment. 

Perhaps, you’re just starting a project and not sure how to begin; or you’re stuck in the middle and need some guidance; or you have a vision for where you want to be but need some support to actually get there.

Or perhaps you’re ready for the publication process. I’m here to give you the practical and emotional support you need for your writing, wherever you are!

In this intensive writing coaching program, we’ll have bi-weekly meetings to discuss your project and its development.

At least 72 hours before we meet, you’ll send me your writing (up to 15 double spaced pages) and I’ll read it, make comments, and give feedback. In the meeting we’ll discuss both editorial aspects and the process of writing, what’s getting in your way and where you want to go, the big ideas, and what’s happening, detail by detail, on the page. And we’ll work together to get over any blocks and realize your authentic voice.

You’ll come away from each session with a clear direction forward for the upcoming weeks, and personalized strategies for working effectively and enjoyably.

If you wish, I’ll also send you a recording of our session.

On the weeks we’re not meeting, we’ll have an email check-in for accountability and to address any questions/ bumps you might have or be facing. This package also includes additional email support when you need it.

This package consists of six 60-minute meetings and six email/editorial check-ins.

This is highly personalized writing coaching that exceeds the attention given to students in MFA graduate programs. This is great value for your money, and a great program to jump-start and deepen your creative alignment and to write the work you know you’re meant to write.

If and when you’re interested in publishing your writing, I’ll also walk you through the steps you need to get your work published and strategize with you about best techniques. Together we’ll come up with a game plan so that you have a clearly executable plan and a good understanding of the relationship between the writing and the publishing process.

I’m coming alongside you and holding your project with you so you see real movement with it. Clients have told me that they feel like they made years of progress in just three months!

At the end of this package, most students continue working with me, going even deeper into their projects.

I often work with students through an entire book-writing project. I like to break the packages into three month segments, however, so that writers can set goals and intentions in quarterly increments and have milestones to chart their progress and direction.

Payment can be made month to month.

This program is intended to be used in roughly three months, but the six sessions can be used over four months if that fits your schedule better.

 

Three Months : payable month by month. Contact me to see if this is a good fit.

Creative Alignment, Follow-through, Manuscript Consultations, and Coaching for Book Projects in Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry and more

What’s holding you back from completing your project? Where does your project need fine tuning? Stuck and need some feedback? I will help you effectively move through internal and external obstacles so that you create your finest work.

In this package, we will work together to create a realistic timeline to meet specific goals. Once outlined, your goals will be met with me as your coach; whether you want to write a chapter, complete a first draft, or finish a final draft, we will work together to break it into manageable segments and make sure the work gets done.

Over the course of our work together, I will provide the very highest quality editorial support, and the spiritual and emotional coaching you need to follow through on your projects and make them align with your greater life purpose.

I bring mu sharp editorial skills, and insights as an intuitive reader to give you the tools you need to edit and present your most accomplished work.

I help clients with overall structuring, filling in holes, understanding the narrative arc, and honing stylistic aspects so that your manuscript is in its best possible shape, and your voice and vision come across clearly and compellingly.

I can also help with the publication process: when are you ready to send your work out? Where should you send it? Can you send smaller sections/ individual pieces before whole books? 

Many of my students have published books and articles after working with me.

Students complete this package with a great sense of accomplishment, fulfillment and energy.

Depending on the scope of the project

contact me to discuss your unique project

TESTIMONIALS

See what some people have said…

Working with Nadia helped me get much needed footing during a critical turning point in the creative process of writing my book, Generative Scribing. I first reached out to her seeking a coach with a sensitivity to a first-time author, a solid practice in mindfulness, and writing chops. With all her facets and talents, Nadia definitely covered these three.

I was able to shift an abstract assemblage of written-down experiences into a coherently expressed body of knowledge. Her expert guidance through this process was key, and I’d highly recommend her writing coaching.

—Kelvy Bird https://kelvybird.com/generative-scribing/

I was on version 2 of my manuscript and really struggling with the direction and core message of the book. Nadia was instrumental in helping me sift through the content and distill the essence of that message. We worked together for a number of months and her combination of writing coaching and regular accountability check-ins kept me on track; I made progress that I would not have made without her. If you need a writing coach, I highly recommend working with Nadia

—Julie Wilson https://www.the-ifl.org/thehumanside

I had written several poems over the years that seemed to suggest a project. I took a memoir workshop that helped me confirm its viability. But I was stuck. Was this a memoir? A poetic memoir? A story in poems? What was its shape? What did I know about the time, place, and people in this story and what did I not know? Would anyone want to read this? Why does that matter?

These questions and more were burbling up when I started to work with Nadia. As we met, my work came into focus.

I was drawn to working with Nadia because not only is she a writer and writing coach, but she is also a yogi with a spiritual practice. Her guidance led me to a door through which my own writing and clarity about my project was waiting. Nadia’s approach is about consciousness and compassion, including self-compassion. For my creativity to flourish and my writing to flow, I need to stay tethered to these concepts, which Nadia helped me do.

Working with Nadia makes me love both the process and the product! Nadia has supported my staying focused and provided excellent editorial input so that there is, in fact, a great product: a completed chapbook and a larger manuscript close to completion, two things that I couldn’t quite imagine at the beginning of my work with Nadia!

—Cynthia Bargar

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