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Wherever you are in your manuscript’s journey, I will help you reach the next level.

Perhaps you are setting out on your writing journey, making the decision that now is the time to commit your vision to the page… Only, you’re not quite sure if you’re on the right track. Writing can be a lonely voyage, and you need an expert navigator to help guide the way.

Or perhaps you’re a seasoned writer, you’ve just finished your first or fifth manuscript, but you sense that something is off. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but your novel or poetry collection, your screenplay or memoir just isn’t flowing in the way you’d hoped when you first began drafting. You lost your way somewhere along the road, and you need a trusted coach and editor to help set you back on course.

You might be anywhere in your individual writing journey, and you’re feeling a bit stuck, a bit lost in the woods…

I am here to help!

I get asked all the time how I am so prolific–how I can lead such a full, busy life as a mama + teacher + mentor and still write and publish at least one award-winning book per year if not more for the past six years in a row! As YOUR COACH, dear one, I will show you not only how I do it, but how you can too

In addition to over a decade teaching creative writing, publishing in all genres, and working as Editor-in-Chief for a literary journal and Acquisitions Editor for a literary press, I’ve got a superpower: I can home in on the heart of your creative work–whether a novel, collection of short stories or poems, a memoir, or screenplay–and reignite your passion that first called you to write. During our work together, I will offer an empathetic and critical analysis that shines your work’s brightest light. Choose from one of the paths below:

Development

Whether you’re beginning a new project or deep in the woods, this package will give you clarity, focus and direction. Together we will create a clear path through the writing forest, via email and two phone conversations. I will give you assignments and plenty of concrete tools to get you back on story and/or thematic track. You will leave our sessions pumped to write all the way to “The End”–knowing you’re now fully equipped to get there!

Analysis

You have finished your manuscript! Yes! Please give yourself a pat on the back because it’s estimated that 97% of people who start a book never reach the end, so you’re one of the 3% who made it! You rock! Now you want to make sure that your vision has actually made it to the page! With this package, I will give your work a deep read and help you home in on what’s working, what isn’t, and what you can do about it. I will offer concrete solutions to help you deepen and polish your manuscript to its brightest shine!

Coaching

You, my dear writer, are a kindred spirit, and you know that writing is meant to be done in community. I’ve got your back. With this package, together you and I are going to combine all the wonderful elements of the Development and Analysis packages, and you will get a guide and cheerleader along the way! We are in it for the long haul! Your writing path will never go dark, dear one. Not while I’m holding the lantern and walking beside you. I already believe in you. Our goal is to make sure that you believe in yourself.

Dear Writer, I’m ready to start when you are.


Working with Jenn on my manuscript was like going to book therapy—she pointed out strengths and pushed me to see some hard truths. She showed me how to understand my own manuscript better so I knew how to improve it. In addition to marvelous, meticulous suggestions, often on a line-by-line level, Jenn offered me a powerful vision of where the book could go and how to get it there. She recommended books to read for inspiration and sent me craft articles catered to areas I needed to work on the most. I learned how to make the book and my writing life more powerful. When I’d spent some time revising based on her suggestions, the book was finally truly ready—and accepted for publication at the first place I submitted it! What kind of magic is that!?”

Jessica Walsh, Author of List of Last Tries

I highly recommend Jenn Givhan as an editor/writing coach. I sent her a mess… and she helped me hone it down to a strong collection, shaped it into a beautiful volume with organic unity I hadn’t previously seen, and even line-edited and offered suggestions – all for a completely reasonable price. It quickly found a home with the love and attention that Jenn paid to it. If you’re looking for writing/editing help, she’s the real deal!”

Shaindel Beers, Author of Secure Your Own Mask


Let’s make something
beautiful together.

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