One-on-One Online Novel Coaching
The Weekly Pages
6 submissions + Zoom check-ins
12 submissions + Zoom check-ins
If you are looking for accountability and deadlines, plus individual feedback on your story, narrative drive, character development and what needs to happen to make your novel tick (and readers turning pages) this program is for you. You will submit 10 pages per week - this can be new or revised work in your work in progress - and each week you will receive in-line notes and comments on your submission, plus answers to questions you want me to focus on while reading. We will schedule Zoom meetings to review the work and plot out the next steps.
Each workshop includes:
You may write and submit once per week, or skip weeks when you are travelling, have family or work events, or absolutely can't get to your pages.
Cost: $375 for 6/$750 for 12.
IS YOUR NOVEL COMPLETE? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING? Please email me about your project and I will get back to you with more information and pricing.
The First Pages
Submission + 30 minute Zoom call
Your opening pages make a lasting impression on your reader - and carry a great responsibility. Here we establish setting, tone, pace, genre. In these few pages we offer the reader a taste of what is to come, hooking them through conflict, character, and stakes.
Are your opening pages up to the task? Opening paragraph? Opening line? Through feedback, prompts, and rewriting, this is your chance to deepen the opening and lay the groundwork for the story to come.
After registering, we will set up submission time - you may submit up to 5,000 words. After I have reviewed your work, we will meet for a 30-min Zoom call to review notes and set up a plan for revisions.
Need some clarity on your story arc? Main character goals? Pinch points? Want me to look at a scene? Do you need a sounding board for your story and plots points? I am offering half-hour Zoom calls to listen, ask questions, and provide a road map forward for your story. Writers can register for single consultations at $25 each, or purchase a 4-pack to use at any time for $80.
Here's the details:
WHEN: After registering, we will set up a time that is convenient for you.
WHERE: Zoom - you will receive the link once registered
Submissions based on project - email to set up a time to discuss your project.
You've finished the first draft. Congratulations! That is a big bold accomplishment to be proud of.
Now come the revisions.
If you would like another eye on your novel, looking at structure, arc, characterization. pacing and all the elements that make a novel a page turner, I provide a developmental eye.
Pricing is customized to your project. Please email me for more information and pricing structure.
2021 Writers Series Session 1: Writing a Description that Sizzles
In this two session workshop, you will work collaboratively with other writers to hone the pitch or description of your novel. It's the overview of your story's journey - and can keep you on track throughout the long process of writing your novel. Whether a panster or plotter, this one workshop can keep your eye on the story goal. By the end of the workshop, you should have a solid two-three sentence blurb that you can use while writing your story, or querying agents or editors.
Jan 9th & 10th 2021
2021 Writers Series Session 2: The Mirror - Writing Your Hero and Nemesis
In this prompt-driven workshop, you will have a chance to explore and clarify your hero and antagonist, and the relationship they play in each other's journeys. These two characters cannot exist without the other - so make them worthy adversaries in the plot and worthy allies to you.
Feb 13th 9a-1p PST
2021 Writers Series Session 3: Setting and Atmosphere
Setting is one of the most useful elements for creating tone and mood. It grounds a reader in the character's world. It influences and exposes a character's actions, motivations, and worldview. When it comes to life, it takes on a character of its own.
Through timed prompts and feedback, you will explore and deepen the settings in your own work-in progress - learning techniques that keep your story worlds rich and evocative.
Permian Basin Writers Workshop | October 9-10 2021
This two-day event features both writers and agents teaching the ins and outs of fiction and the publishing world. I am scheduled to teach two events:
Permian Basin Writers Workshop | October 9th & 10th | Midland, Texas
Info and registration: https://permianbasinwritersworkshop.org/
Use the links below to register.
Kim Taylor Blakemore
Women's Historical Fiction
I am the author of the historical mysteries THE COMPANION (Jan 2020) and AFTER ALICE FELL (Mar 2021), both from Lake Union Publishing. Other historical novels include BOWERY GIRL, and the WILLA Award winner for Best YA Fiction, CISSY FUNK. I have taught creative writing workshops in the Portland area since 2010. Classes are experiential, with writing exercises and feedback focused on skills that strengthen prose and story. I've taught a range of writers, from beginning to published, and workshops benefit writers of novels, short stories, memoirs and creative nonfiction. I am a three-time grant recipient from Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for my manuscripts THE COMPANION and THE GOOD TIME GIRLS, and a winner of a Tucson Festival of Books Award for The Companion.
Please visit: www.kimtaylorblakemore.com
What Writers Are Saying
Kim’s workshops are always stimulating and rich with resources. She shows up prepared and has a knack for meeting the individual writer at his/her particular stage of development. Her style is encouraging and accepting. I highly recommend her to writers of all levels! - Maryka Biaggio, author, Parlor Games (Conjuring the Past: Writing Historical Fiction, Novel Intensive)
If you want to take your writing to the next level, I highly recommend filling your writing toolbox with the valuable golden nuggets you will learn from Kim. - Joyce Kostakis (Craft of Fiction)
I have studied in several of Kim’s workshops. As soon as I completed one, I couldn’t wait until the next. Kim is a mentor of the highest caliber. Her workshops are full of warmth, wit, and support. She brings a laser sharp intelligence and a deep commitment to the craft of making art with words. I cannot imagine my life as a writer without the insight I’ve gained from working with Kim. - Gail Lehrman (Craft of Fiction,
Weekly Writes, Conjuring the Past: Historical Fiction)
For more references, feel free to email me.
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