Coaching

Have you written a few drafts here and there and wonder if you are, or could be, a writer? Do you write regularly with a small group, and want to see the group increase its writing craft, critical vocabulary and reading skills? Or, are you at work individually on a manuscript (short or long) and struggling to move it to the next level?

Consider investing in coaching services. Kate Asche provides manuscript coaching in group and one-on-one arrangements.

What is coaching? Coaching can be many things, from first-draft critique to developmental editing of a manuscript-in-progress, to facilitation of discussion and manuscript critique in a private group setting. Kate is experienced in working with established writing/critique groups as well as with individual writers to bring fresh perspective and achievable strategies to your approach to your current work. In each meeting, Kate shares with you the fruits of her years of teaching, writing and editorial experience as well as transferable practical skills (such as goal setting, time management and a talent for seeing the macro and the micro at once) from her professional work as international marketing manager at UC Davis School of Law.

What kind of work could I accomplish with a coach? Kate’s coaching clients often ask for a reading and narrative response to a first draft and help answering the question, “Do I have anything here, and should I spend more time on this?” Others seek support and guidance in moving a piece from first draft to the second. Others look for a final round of revision and editing in order to submit their very strongest work to magazines; still others seek help in refining their submission process. Some are preparing to self-publish and want editorial, project management, promotion and event planning assistance from one trusted local professional. Whatever your interests and goals in your writing practice right now, working with an experience coach like Kate will help you make a great leap forward!

Some of Kate’s Coaching Specialties

  • Coaching writing groups.
  • Editing single pieces and manuscripts in preparation for submission to conference admission committees, literary magazines, contests, etc.
  • First entry into the writing world: Work with Kate to find out what kind of writer you could become and how to build your personal, unique writing life and community. Kate will read your work closely and tell you the core elements that already work well and the most important areas for future growth, and provide a reading list of craft books and books in your genre(s) for inspiration, plus recommendations for where to connect in the local, regional and national writing communities. She will also answer any questions.
  • Self-publishing projects: Kate offers project management services for self-publishing your work in the way that’s right for you. She explains what it means to self-publish (including potential risks and rewards) and outlines the various pathways to a top-quality book. Kate offers many services, including managing design, editorial and production vendors, and she also offers editorial services herself for poets and writers of short prose.
  • For poets only: Creative Writing MA/MFA/PhD application preparation guidance and support, including manuscript assessment, poem selection and ordering; manuscript editing; guidance and editing on the personal statement/statement of purpose/diversity statement, etc.; and project management to make sure all your letters of recommendation, transcripts, statements, manuscripts and other application elements arrive on time for full consideration. Kate’s application clients have gone on to universities including NYU and UC Davis.

Please contact Kate today at kate(at)kateasche(d0t)com to inquire about group or individual coaching services and fees. If you are new to Kate’s teaching/coaching, please include a bit about yourself and your writing practice. All inquirers: Please describe your project or practice needs and your goals or wishes for what you would like to in one-on-one work. Kate will use this information to develop an estimate, and the conversation will progress from there!