Hands-on Writing Coach offers coaching in academic and business writing. We use a variety of techniques and tools to help you write more effectively. These tools include checklists, diagrams, forms, pictures and questions.
Hands-on Writing Coach was founded by a professional business writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience at advertising agencies and in Fortune 500 companies. Our goal is to share our hard-earned knowledge with people who could use help putting thoughts on paper.
We draw on experience and skills derived from writing for companies including Dreyfus, Häagen-Dazs, Lexis-Nexis, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, Scotts, Standard & Poor’s, TIAA, Value Line and more.
Our background includes writing advertisements, articles, brochures, customer emails, presentations, press releases, reports, training documents and web content.
Our teaching experience includes adjunct positions at Baruch College (CUNY), Marymount Manhattan College and the Sy Syms School of Business (Yeshiva University). In terms of education, the founder earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Master’s (in English and Secondary Education) from Hunter College.
“Teaching writing is a hands-on task. Writing can’t be learned from a lecture in which grand truths are handed down.” — William Zinsser
Strengthen your employees’ writing
Are poor writing skills holding back employees at your organization?
Do you cringe when you see errors in emails, presentations, or reports?
Is senior management concerned about the quality of employee writing?
As the quote above indicates, we believe effective writing coaching requires hands-on work. That’s because writing is a complex process that is anything but automatic. And the best way to learn is to focus on the real-life assignments your employees are wrestling with on a day-to-day basis. We help writers establish a solid writing process. Or refine the process they currently use.
One of the reasons writing is challenging is because every communication is different. The differences may not be huge, but changes in audience (or timing or tone) can trigger changes from the first sentence to the last.
To help you get a sense of whether we’d be a good fit for your organization, we’re sharing some of our beliefs about writing and the writing process below.
Every writer needs an editor.
Writing is hard work, even under the best circumstances.
Writing is a process. At minimum, it includes the stages of prewriting, writing and revision.
Written documents require solid organization to guide readers.
Sticking to plain language is the right approach for most communications. However, it can take time to boil ideas down to their essence.
Every business writer is also a project manager.
If it looks like there might be a fit, give us a call at 844-267-9223. Or use the Contact page to send us an email.
Our curriculum includes insights on the following areas of nonfiction writing.
Creativity • Drafting • Editing • Flow • Grammar • Metaphor • Organization/structure
Planning • Project management • Proofreading • Punctuation • Research
Revision/rewriting • Scoping work • Story
These lessons are based on insights from writing researchers and college professors who focus on composition.
Not sure if we’d be a good fit? Just schedule a 10-minute phone call to discuss your goals. Then we can decide if it makes sense to have a longer conversation (or a face-to-face meeting).
If you’d like help improving your employees' writing, use the form below to send us an email. Or give us a call at 1-844-267-9223.
Yes, I’m interested in strengthening the writing produced by my organization. Let’s see if it makes sense to work together. Please contact me at the email (or phone number) below.
How the service works. The service is structured in a way that’s similar to a college writing seminar. Each meeting adds up to a writing conference centered on the assignments your employees currently have on their desks. Depending on where a project stands, time might be devoted to idea generation, structure, or a sentence-by-sentence review of a draft. Meetings are supplemented by email and/or video conference as needed.
With this focused approach, we help writers see any gaps between what they want to convey, and what is on the page.
A menu of mini-lessons on different aspects of the writing process is also available.
This personalized, in-depth approach takes employees through any steps in the writing process that require attention and reveals areas that could be strengthened.