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 a winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and author of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot & Structure. Among his numerous thrillers are Romeo’s Rules, Romeo’s Way, Romeo’s Hammer, Try Dying, and Don’t Leave Me. In addition to his traditional novels, Jim has self-published in a variety of genres. 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.
Lucy V. Hay aka Bang2write is a script editor, author and blogger who helps writers. Lucy is the script editor and advisor on numerous UK features and shorts. She has also been a script reader for over 15 years, providing coverage for indie prodcos, investors, screen agencies, producers, directors and individual writers.
Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and is being adapted by Agatha Raisin producers Free@Last TV. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, was a finalist in the 2019 Dead Good Book Readers’ Awards. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books. (Affiliate links)
Alli Sinclair is an Australian multi-award winning and bestselling author whose fact-based fiction explores little-known historical events. In 2019, Burning Fields—a novel set in Australia post-WWII—was voted #13 in the Top 100 Australian novels of all time. Alli’s books have been published around the world in numerous languages.
Alli loves interviewing, researching, archives, and adding rich historical detail into her books: Luna Tango; Under the Spanish Stars; Beneath the Parisian Skies; Burning Fields and The Cinema at Starlight Creek. Her sixth book, The Codebreakers—a novel about Australia’s unknown female codebreakers in WWII—will be released in March 2021 and is the inspiration behind The Secret Lives of Australia’s Signals and Intelligence documentary. She also works on international film and TV projects as a screenwriter and producer.
Alli hosts the Writers at Sea cruise retreat for writers, presents writing workshops internationally, and is an experienced manuscript assessor (find out more at Alli’s website). You can also keep up with her via her newsletter and on social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.
Marissa Graff has been a freelance editor and reader for literary agent Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency for over five years. In conjunction with Angelella Editorial, she offers developmental editing, author coaching, and more. She specializes in middle-grade and young-adult fiction but also works with adult fiction.
Marissa feels if she’s done her job well, a client should probably never need her help again because she’s given them a crash-course MFA via deep editorial support and/or coaching. Connect with Marissa on her Website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
September C. Fawkes can scare people with her enthusiasm for writing and reading. She worked as an assistant to a New York Times bestselling author and writing instructor, and now does freelance editing at FawkesEditing.com. She has edited manuscripts of bestselling and beginning writers. She has published poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction articles, and her award-winning 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, and Instagram.
Lisa Hall-Wilson is a writing teacher and award-winning writer and author. She’s the author of Method Acting For Writers: Learn Deep Point Of View Using Emotional Layers. Her blog Beyond Basics For Writers explores all facets of the popular writing style deep point of view and offers practical tips for writers. She is also the founder of the Deep Dive Author Club which offers a five-week online masterclass on writing in deep point of view and an ongoing membership class with critiques and support.
Lisa writes adult noblebright fantasy and her award-winning debut novel The Last Seers is available. Find her Facebook with the 5 Day Deep Point Of View Challenge group and the Confident Writers page, and on Pinterest.
Colleen M. Story inspires writers to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment in their work. Her latest release, Writer Get Noticed!, was a gold-medal winner in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and Reader Views Literary Awards. Overwhelmed Writer Rescue was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018 and was an Amazon bestseller. Her novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others.
Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers. Her first course, “How to Finish the Creative Projects You Start,” is available on Teachable. Find Colleen at Writing and Wellness, Writer CEO, her author website, and on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.
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.
Christina Delay is the hostess of Cruising Writers and an award-winning psychological suspense author. She also writes award-winning supernatural suspense for young adult and adult readers under the name Kris Faryn. Fun fact: Faryn means ‘to wander or travel.’ Since that’s exactly what she loves to do, you’ll find juicy tidbits on exotic and interesting places in all her books!
Cruising Writers brings aspiring authors together with bestselling authors, an agent, an editor, and a world-renowned writing craft instructor together on writing retreats. Though on an extended vacation, you can sign up for news about upcoming retreats and fun travel tips here, follow Christina and Cruising Writers on Facebook, or find Kris on Facebook , Instagram, BookBub, and Amazon.