Contact Kristie with questions or for details/quotes for the following services. You may also scroll down to schedule a complimentary half-hour info session via Zoom.
$65/hr. with multiple-session packages available at a discounted rate
Coaching is a helpful option to assist writers with a wide array of goals. If you're looking to hone your writing craft, get specific feedback on short fiction, and/or be supported as you work on a novel, writing coaching can help. The process is highly customizable to meet the writers' unique needs and suit their busy schedules. Here's what you can expect from writing coaching with Kristie:
Individualized plan for frequency, duration, and theme of sessions
One-on-one meetings with review of client materials or other preparation in between
Readings, activities, and lessons based on the client's unique needs
So you've finished a novel draft and wonder, "What next?" A manuscript review can help you understand what you've got and the necessary steps to get your book to the next level. Here's what you can expect:
Review of major features of the manuscript, such as structure, plot, and character development
Analysis of what's working and what's not
Prioritized recommendations for revision
Developmental Edit Manuscript Evaluation
Similar to a manuscript review, a developmental edit manuscript evaluation digs deeper. It's better suited for manuscripts that have been through a revision or two. You'll get everything included in a manuscript review with the addition of the following:
More in-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses
Specific suggestions for revision on all major elements necessary
Some proposed line edits (particularly for repeated patterns identified in your writing)
Suggested resources to assist with the revision process
Line editing is looking at your writing at the sentence level to ensure every word counts and that your prose is as powerful as it can be. This fine-tooth-comb approach is best applied after the writer is confident all substantial changes to the story's high level elements (structure, plot, character arc, etc.) have been made.
Kristie teaches for WriterHouse in Charlottesville, VA, which offers in-person and online courses via Zoom.
2/25/23 & 3/11/23 - Novel Beginnings: Essential Elements in Your First 3 Chapters – Join this online seminar series to gain a better understanding of what essential elements the beginning of your book needs to succeed as well as insights into how you can weave them seamlessly into your story. Learn more about Novel Beginnings.
See some of Kristie's student evaluation comments.
"I labored for four years on a first novel and was able to finish it, though not to my satisfaction. Then I met Kristie through WriterHouse in Charlottesville. She read and critiqued the manuscript, providing extensive explanatory notes that opened my eyes to important issues I sensed but couldn't articulate. She was then generous with her time in discussing the issues and answering my questions. Her technical feedback was invaluable, giving me a much clearer vision of what I was trying to accomplish. Throughout the process, she was kind, encouraging, enthusiastic, and positive. I come to my writing now with much deeper insight, thanks to Kristie." —Steve N. - 2021
"What started with a manuscript review turned into a trusting relationship between developmental editor and writer. Kristie guided me through a complete restructure of my memoir: which content, where, and what's missing. After the next review, we tackled narrative arc, pacing, and areas I needed to dig in. I also learned how to improve dialogue and avoid my writing quirks. Every step of the way, Kristie was kind, encouraging, professional, and firm. Her goal was for me to produce the best possible book. As a result of our collaboration, I became not only a better writer but also a better person." —Carole Duff - 2019
"After completing the second draft of my memoir, I knew it needed some restructuring, but I wasn't sure where to start. Kristie came highly recommended by her colleagues and she didn't disappoint. After five coaching sessions I felt more focused and had a specific plan for the next stage in my drafting process. I understood my manuscript better and how its components fit together to tell the story I envisioned." —L.E. - 2017