Writing Coach

All the writing support, none of the literary snobbery.

Besides making sarcastic comments, my other true gift is creating order from the chaos.

Writing can feel chaotic. I can help you find your story, craft your structure, and hold you to a plan. Because sometimes a writing project needs a coach.

I offer two packages to serve your needs.

Shortcuts & Secrets Strategic Session
There are no real shortcuts in writing, but there are easier and harder ways to get things done. I’ve put in the 10,000 hours so that you can get to your best words faster. Here’s where you get to ask me anything, and I’ll reveal all my hard earned secrets. A bargain at any cost, but beware: writing is addictive, you might be back for more. Monthly appointments extremely limited.

  • Advice, direction, and next steps calculation
  • Identifying true goals and creating intentionality
  • Perfect time to “pick my brain” :)
  • Ideal for planning a large or small project
  • Can be used as an editorial assessment for up to 20 pages
  • Can include working session by video conference or in person
  • One hour, $149

Remarkable Writing Routine
The truest truth I know about writing is that the best of it emerges from the most mundane details, consistently attended to. From your grammar, to your structure, to getting your ass in that chair. It’s all rather tedious until it’s done. Then it’s remarkable. Let me get you started in the right routine.

  • Comprehensive intake and planning session where we set goals and a writing plan
  • Weekly digital check-in
  • Bi-weekly assignments
  • Bi-Weekly writing evaluation, with written feedback via marked up pages
  • 100% custom-tailored to the student
  • Up to 60 total pages evaluated
  • Final evaluation and next steps
  • 6 weeks, $299

Because my capacity for Creative Coaching is extremely limited, and I want to ensure the programs are right for individual writers, these programs are offered by invitation only.

Please write to me and let me know what you’d like to work on. If I have room in my schedule, we can set up a 15-minute interview to make sure we are a good fit!


Shiny, Happy Writers Say:

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“Lela was completely honest about her own need to create and stick to writing routines, and that put everyone in the room at ease. This is not a workshop led by someone who asks you to buy their books and reminds you every week to interact with her on social media – it’s a place for writers to make real progress toward self-set goals and find community with others doing the same. I would recommend six weeks with Lela to anyone who wants to write more, start writing, or just see if writing is really what they want to do.”

~Laurie Marshall, Freelance WriterUntitled design (12)

“Lela is exciting, inspiring, and perceptive. I am writing again and loving it! This workshop was the most creative fun I’ve had in years.”

~Marie Clapper, Media Executive / Playwright, Author Everyday Matters: One Woman Savors Ordinary Days in Extraordinary Ways

Untitled design (13)“Second Story Writer’s Workshop was exactly the shot in the arm my creativity needed. I had let my writing languish, and I was having a hard time getting my rear end in the chair to write regularly. The work in a group setting was motivating and validating. We also did a lot of writing exercises and “process” work that pushed my creativity and writing to a new level.I didn’t just rediscover my creativity. I found out that I had stores of creativity that I didn’t know were there. I also learned numerous strategies for developing a regular, productive writing practice that can spur both productivity and creativity. I would recommend this workshop to would-be and new writers as well as veterans in all genres.” ~Angie Albright, Non-Profit Fund Development Professional

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“I left the workshop with 101 (!) pages of writing, countless ideas and essay concepts to revisit, the motivation to relaunch and rethink my blog, confidence and enthusiasm that had been otherwise waning, and something else I didn’t anticipate I gained an intriguing, diverse, supportive group of writer friends.”

~Beth Stephens, Influencer Marketing Executive
(Read Beth’s full blog post about Second Story here.)

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Finding humor and digging into mom’s history has given me plenty to consider writing for publication, or more concentrated journaling.

~ Rhonda Franz, Freelance Writer, Social Media Strategist

Joining a writer’s workshop was intimidating since I don’t really consider myself to be an actual bonafide “writer.” Lela put my anxiety to rest the moment I stepped into the first session. She is a welcoming, hilarious and inspiring leader and the group of writers in the room encouraged and challenged me to write more often and rethink my reasons for doing so. I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough!

Jenny Marrs, Founder, Feed Their Tummies

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