For us all to grow as writers, it’s important to pull inspiration from a variety of places. The incredible insight of the writing coaches involved in our Resident Writing Coach Program will help you shorten the learning curve. Becca and I are so pleased to showcase such talent here at Writers Helping Writers.
James Scott Bell is the author of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot & Structure, and numerous thrillers, including, Romeo’s Rules, Try Dying, and Don’t Leave Me. In addition to his traditional novels, Jim has self-published in a variety of genres, and his novella, One More Lie was nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award. He served as the fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine and has written highly popular craft books including: Just Write, Write Your Novel From the Middle, Super Structure, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense.
Jim has taught writing at Pepperdine University and at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, London, Australia, and New Zealand. His popular books on fiction craft can be found here. His thrillers have been called “heart-whamming” (Publishers Weekly) and can be browsed here. Follow Jim on twitter @jamesscottbell.
April Bradley is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives with her family on the Connecticut shoreline near New Haven, Connecticut. Her writing has appeared and is forthcoming in Smokelong Quarterly’s “Why Flash Fiction” Series, Boston Literary Magazine, Flash Frontier, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal Magazine, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Narratively, Southern Women’s Review and Thrice Fiction, among others.
She has a Master’s in Ethics from Yale University and studied Philosophy and Theology as a post-graduate scholar at Cambridge University. Her fiction has been nominated for the 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. She is the Associate Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press and Press and the Founder and Editor of Women Who Flash Their Lit. Find her at aprilbradley.net and on twitter at @april_bradley
Michael Hauge has been one of Hollywood’s top script consultants, story experts, and speakers for more than 30 years. He coaches screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, professional speakers, internet marketers and corporate leaders, helping transform their stories and their audiences using the principles and methods of Hollywood’s most successful movies.
He has consulted on projects starring Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy, and for Overbrook Entertainment, where he consulted on the scripts for I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, THE KARATE KID, CONCUSSION, SUICIDE SQUAD and BRIGHT, among many others.
Michael is the author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds and the 20thAnniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell, along with the video of his renowned lecture with Christopher Vogler, The Hero’s Two Journeys. Michael has presented lectures and workshops to more than 70,000 participants worldwide. For information on his coaching services and products, visit his Story Mastery website.
According to Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.”
C.S. Lakin is an award-winning novelist, writing instructor, and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lakin’s award-winning blog for writers, Live Write Thrive, provides deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site www.CritiqueMyManuscript.com features her critique services.
She teaches online video courses at Writing for Life Workshops, gives presentations and offers critiques at writing conferences, and offers workshops around the country. In addition to the sixteen novels she’s written, Lakin also publishes writing craft books in the series The Writer’s Toolbox, which help novelists learn how to write great books.
September C. Fawkes can scare people with her enthusiasm for writing and reading. She works as an assistant to a New York Times bestselling author and writing instructor, a job that includes editing manuscripts of both published and unpublished writers. She has published poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction articles, and her writing tips have appeared in classrooms, conferences, and on Grammar Girl. She holds an English degree, has served as the managing editor of The Southern Quill literary journal, and had the pleasure of writing her thesis on the worldwide appeal of Harry Potter. You can visit her at SeptemberCFawkes.com for more writing tips, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, G+, and Instagram.
Jennie Nash has worked in publishing for more than 30 years. She is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and The Writer’s Guide to Agony and Defeat. She has been an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writing Program for 10 years and is the founder and chief creative officer of Author Accelerator, an online program that offers affordable, customized book coaching so you can write your best book.
Jennie also runs a private book-coaching business. Her clients have landed top New York agents, had books published by Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Norton, Ten Speed and Hazleton, and won Indie Excellence awards in two categories. Visit her at jennienash.com and authoraccelerator.com.
Sara Letourneau is a fantasy writer in Massachusetts who devours good books, geeks out about character arcs, and drinks too much tea. In addition to WHW’s Resident Writing Coach Program, she writes the Theme: A Story’s Soul column at DIY MFA and is hard at work on a YA fantasy novel. She has also freelanced as a tea reviewer and music journalist in the past.
Her poetry has appeared in The Curry Arts Journal, Soul-Lit, The Eunoia Review, Underground Voices, and two print anthologies. You can visit Sara at her personal blog, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
Roz Morris published nearly a dozen novels and achieved sales of more than 4 million copies – and nobody saw her name because she was a ghostwriter. She is now proudly publishing as herself and has been longlisted for the World Fantasy Award and shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize with her novels My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three.
She has also been a writing coach, editor and mentor for more than 20 years with award-winning authors among her clients. She has a book series for writers, Nail Your Novel and a blog, and teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. You can find her books here, tweet her as @Roz_Morris and encourage her to post silly things on Facebook.
Jami Gold, after muttering writing advice in tongues, decided to become a writer and put her talent for making up stuff to good use. Fueled by chocolate, she shares writing tools, presents workshops, and offers insights on her blog about the craft, business, and life of writing.
Winner of the 2015 National Readers’ Choice Award in Paranormal Romance for the novel Ironclad Devotion in her Mythos Legacy series, she writes stories that range from dark to humorous, but one thing remains the same: Normal need not apply. Just ask her family—and zombie cat. Find Jami at her website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.