My Writing Services


Writing Coach Packages vary according to the needs of the individual student. I work with both local and long distance writers on-line, by Skype, Google hang-out and phone.  I also have students who come to Flagstaff for marathon writing sessions.  Fees depend on the plan we create.


Jumpstart Your Writing is precisely that – a series of conversations and writing exercises that will help you begin the writing which you have so longed to begin; or to resume writing after you have found yourself stuck. We shape your plan according to your needs and our discussions. Fees vary based on what we put together.

Coaching for College and University Students: I work with undergraduate, Master’s and PhD thesis students not only to craft strong papers, but to move through the blocks that often arise in academic writing. I emphasize with because this process always involves honoring the student’s pace and voice. I also am available for class-room workshops to help students move past their resistance to writing. Fees vary.

Editing Packages also vary according to the needs of the writer. I light edit for believability, fire, flow and marketability. I can also line edit.  Again, fees depend on the work required.

Weekend Writing Workshops can take place here in Flagstaff or where you live.  We usually meet from Saturday morning till Sunday mid-afternoon, but Friday evenings are also possible. If you are interested in a workshop where you live, I ask that you line up the students, take care of deposits and provide a place. You’ll receive your place in the workshop in exchange. I set a limit on how many writers can be in any given workshop.

Gift Packages tailored for the holidays (including the Solstices), birthdays – and the time and writing needs of your friend, family or colleague.

You Name It and we will work out a plan.


Note: I work with students all over the world – by Skype, Google Hangout, and email.

On Writing

Up Near Pasco

It happened up near Pasco, Washington. My aunt calls from Burns to tell me. “Jinella, I got some sad news. Kyrin laid himself down on the railroad tracks up near Pasco and got hit. Far as the cops could tell, he had his music plugged in his ears, you know how the kids do…and his… … more >>>

The Map of How to Write

The Map of How to Write

I FINISH MY READING at a Southwestern Writers’ Conference. I have spoken about crippling pain from a hiking fall and seeing a dust cloud from the Gobi Desert turn the sun moon-silver over the Black Rock, and how a volcanic out-cropping seen against sunset can become figures from a Javanese shadow play. A woman in… … more >>>

Recent Postings

January 2022: Hope is only a story…

If you are hoping for a surprise, you will be disappointed. Surprises are always greater than hope. Story is greater than hope. Making is greater than hope. One of the wisest women I have ever known told me that hope is a con – while we are hoping, we are not taking action. I am… … more >>>

Kinship: Breakthrough Writing for Now, 1/6/2022

I invited all of you to write about the eerie Now for Breakthrough. Cin Norris responded:  The days are bleeding. There are some vagaries of wind and weather in Nature’s futile effort to break up the monotony, but frankly I don’t think She cares that much. I was distressed, at first, by my apparent inability… … more >>>

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