I’m a mom, partner, writer, writing instructor, gardener, block club leader, and contemplative Christian living in Minneapolis. I dedicate my time to creative emergence, in myself, my family, and my students.
As a teacher and spiritual director
I hold space for others to participate in the creation of their own sacred stories. I teach skills (in listening, in the craft of writing, in giving and receiving feedback), ask questions, offer ethical and relational guidelines, and foster community. The creative process can become a fruitful spiritual practice.
As a writing coach
I am committed to supporting authors of literary fiction and nonfiction in creating honest, artful, and fully-realized work. I specialize in facilitating writing as a spiritual practice and teaching the craft of writing to those whose passion resides in a profession or avocation.
Because I understand writing to be a process and the creation of a book to be a journey into new ways of seeing a subject, I most often work with authors and their projects over a period of time, offering manuscript critique, conversation about the writing process, and support through revision. For this reason, I limit my work to those with established writing practices.
I tailor my services to meet each writer’s needs. Our work together might include:
Support in the creative process.
I can offer exercises and support for maintaining a lively writing habit. I can provide deadlines for those who thrive on pressure.
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[Elizabeth’s] words are always a quiet nudge to keep working from my heart and not my head.–Baxter Clare Trautman
Guidance for developing a project.
- Early drafts: I offer suggestions for deepening manuscripts by asking questions and making observations. I often give exercises that teach writing skills beyond the parameters of a particular piece. I specialize in guiding writers to shape a literary work—in other words, book development.
- Later drafts: I can read your manuscript for thematic integrity, narrative arc, pacing, character and scene development, structure, openings and endings, as well as more cosmetic elements like sentence structure and word choice. I do not edit.
- While I always write marginal comments and a comprehensive letter of feedback, I find it helpful to meet with authors to discuss their draft.
- I only take on projects I believe in. If I am unfamiliar with your work, I will request a writing sample and telephone conversation to see if we’re a good fit. As of 2022, I charge $100/hr for one-on-one consultation and $80/hr for reading time for new clients. I also have a sliding fee scale for those able to pay more or needing to pay less. For manuscript reviews, I will ask for a deposit.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Examples of clients’ published work.
Visit my Bookshop page to see some of my recommended books.