Phil Athans: Single Story Coaching Session

Phil Athans: Single Story Coaching Session

  • $99.00


You'll love this if:

  • You are looking for guidance in developing your story.
  • You want feedback from best-selling authors and industry experts.
  • You need motivation and advice for finishing your manuscript.
  • You want feedback based on your personal writing goals.
  • You want to talk to successful novelists about the publishing business.

All writers start with a premise and a passion to write, but where do you go from there? Does your story have the structure it needs to bring your book to a satisfying conclusion? Does it include characters that your readers will care about? Do you have the willpower you need to continue writing when faced with a serious case of writer’s block?

A story coaching session, delivered by a successful author or writing instructor, can give you the insights and objective feedback you need to make your story shine. There is no tailor-made recipe for getting your book in the best shape possible, so our story coaches provide advice designed to address your specific needs. You can work with a coach once or schedule regular one-on-one meetings as needed. It’s entirely up to you.

Whether you’re looking to transform your idea into an outline or your outline into a finished draft, our experts can provide coaching that enables you produce your best work possible.

The Story Coaching program includes:

  • A Personalized Assessment
    You and your story coach will meet to discuss your writing, your ultimate goals, and review your idea or outline.
  • A Path Forward
    Based on your writing goals, your coach will provide a specific path to keep you motivated and on-track with your writing.
  • The Ability to Meet from Anywhere
    Choose a single 50-minute phone or Skype meeting, or even weekly or bi-weekly sessions, where you’ll work privately with your coach.
  • Expert Feedback
    During your sessions, your coach will motivate and inspire you, and provide quality feedback on your story.

Having a regular appointment with a writing coach is a great way to keep you accountable, while also giving you regular feedback to ensure your writing stays on track.

Our Story Coaches are best-selling authors and industry experts who are ready to work with you to ensure that you achieve your writing objectives. Review the bios of the consultants listed (each of them have been vetted by the editors of Writer's Digest), select the one who specializes in your area of interest, and make an appointment today. It's as simple as that!

The Story Coaches

Philip Athans

Background: Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and more than a dozen other books including ten additional novels, The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Writing Monsters. He teaches creative writing and appears at numerous conferences and conventions, as well as working as a freelance editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant. He is also the former senior managing editor for TSR/Wizards of the Coast. His blog, Fantasy Author's Handbook, is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans.

Larry Brooks

Background: Larry Brooks is the bestselling author of six novels, all psychological thrillers. His next novel is The Seventh Thunder (Turner, December 2014). His five previous novels include the USA Today bestseller Darkness Bound, and Bait and Switch, a “Best Books of 2004” selection by Publishers Weekly. He is the author of Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Storytelling, winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Awards in the Nonfiction Book category, and Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling. He is also the creator of Storyfix.com, named one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” by the readers of Writer’s Digest magazine. He lives with his wife, Laura, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is currently working on his next thriller.

Jeff Gerke

Background: Jeff Gerke is a publisher, novelist, and Writer's Digest author. He entered publishing in 1994 when he received a three-book contract for his first novels. He then took a position with that same publishing house as an editor, which began his dual career as author and editor. During that time, he edited nearly every type of fiction while continuing to publish his own novels and non-fiction books. In 2008 Jeff launched his own small publishing company, which he ran for five years, before selling it to concentrate on freelance editing, his own fiction writing, and digital artwork. Jeff is a sought-after teacher at writer’s conferences across the nation. In person or in consultation, he specializes in helping novelists get unstuck and on track for success. His multiple fiction craft books for Writer's Digest include The First 50 Pages, Plot Versus Character, and Write Your Novel in a Month. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and three children.

What Our Customers Are Saying About Writer's Digest Consultants

"I couldn’t have asked for more. Phil Athans delivered and big time! It was more than I expected. He gave me answers, advice and valuable comments on my outlines. He was generous with his time and understood my needs. In such a short period he clearly pointed the weaknesses, but didn’t overlook the positive side. To me, it shows how experienced he is in his domain. I booked my next session, and I would be thrilled to have him as my editor. Besides, he is easy going and has a sense of humour. These are qualities I appreciate a lot. I would recommend him without hesitation. Thank you for connecting us.". ~ Jarmila Kurucova