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    Writing Coaches?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ASBPunkin, Sep 4, 2008.

    I had someone suggest to me that I get a writing coach to help me with my writing and ideas and help me improve my skills.
    I was wondering what you do with a writing coach and if you would suggest one. I've never really heard of a writing coach before, so I don't know much about them. Any information would be really helpful.

    Thank you :)
     
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    This might be a stupid question, but what is a writing coach? :confused:
     
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    Is a writing coach the same as a mentor?
     
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    I imagine that it would be the same thing as a tutor only you focus on creative writing, I see no reason not to get one. You would probably work on whatever skills you feel you need to develop and workshopping existing pieces to be ready for publishing.
     
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    I would say that what Maia offers is along those lines. She volunteers her time to work closely with writers, giving in-depth reviews and suggestions for improvements. I believe she also gives out "assignments", but I think hers are mostly in terms of revisions of your own work (I have not made use of her services myself, but have heard a little from some who have).

    In a way, a writing coach performs much the same function as this site does, except that:
    1. The writing coach is an experienced writer and an educator rather than a committee of mixed experience levels and opinions.
    2. You get one on one attention with a coach
    3. A coach will follow up with you on assignments
     
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    The term "coach" also implies the occasional kick in the *** when the writer might need to overcome writing obstacles like procrastination or block.
     
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    yup!... that's what i do...

    the 'assignments' i hand out are usually not connected to the "mentee's" own work... if i see someone has a hard time writing visually, i'll have them write a paragraph each on 3 different scenes i set, such as: a boy alone in a room; a city lying in ruins; a couple having an argument... same goes for problems with sentence structure and all other kinds of writing bugbears...

    all of which apply to what i am/do, though i've never been an official 'educator'... the only difference is that i call what i do 'mentoring' and do it for free, while 'coaches' will usually charge for their services...

    i certainly do that, too!

    feel free to email me any time for details...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     

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