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want to write more? i’m a sliding scale writing coach.

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Hi, I’m Megan.

I’m a f*ckin’ friendly writing coach.

In a 1-hr sliding scale private Zoom session, we can talk frankly about your writing goals, creative challenges, habits, and strengths.

I love to help people make creative work that comes easier and hits harder.

I’ve been writing for 20 years. Let me save you some time.


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None of us get through life without having something that we need to write.
And somehow, when we really need to, we do.

Ok, everyone writes.

But can everyone write SOMETHING that MATTERS?


I really mean this. Everyone I’ve worked with, from teens and elders to hobbyists and weekend creatives to multi-bestselling authors and C-Suite executives, has it in them to write something amazing. A book, a script, a poem, an essay, a song that matters not just to friends and family, but to other people. Your writing can matter to total strangers. Even if it’s your first time really giving it a shot. (And if you’ve given it lots of shots over a long writing career and feel burned out? Don’t quit. You can feel it all. You can write it all.)

So if we CAN all do this, why DON’T we?

It’s a skill issue.

Writing is no more technical than cooking, sewing, building a backyard shed, restoring a vintage car, cutting hair, or growing a vegetable garden. Those things take skills. You don’t have to be able to make every kind of meal to be a good cook. You don’t need to learn every writing skill to be a wonderful author. But when you learn more, you can do more. Skills give you ease and power. That’s true whether you’re in a kitchen, a dressmaking studio, a woodshop, an auto repair garage, a hair salon, a plant nursery, or staring at the blank pages of a notebook.

If you want to write stuff that will matter to strangers, try building your skills.

Confidence is a skill for writers. So is narrative suspense. Character development? Focus? Follow-through? Semi-colons? Voice? Impact? Revision? Getting yourself to the desk in the first place? Choosing which project to pursue? Leveraging the neuroscience of memory to make something unforgettable? Exposition? Originality? Courage? Pacing? Finishing stuff in the face of perfectionism? Knowing how to take feedback (and which kinds to ignore)? Creating dynamic minor characters? Deciding when to cut a paragraph short? Skills.

You can SWEAT your way into skills on your own,

but sessions with me make it easier.

I want to help you write something

that ONLY YOU could ever write.

But that’s not the only reason I coach.

Look. I’m a writer who coaches, not a coach who writes. I first got paid for writing at age 16 and haven’t really stopped. My work has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, published in McSweeney’s, recorded on a GRAMMY-nominated album, and earned over a million pageviews in a calendar year. (Plus, there’s my books and video game stories.)

I’ve been writing professionally for over 20 years and currently write a million words a year, but I’m still not burned out. I’m the opposite of burned out.

I want everyone

to get to feel

how I do about writing.

Writing has gotten me friends, lovers, money, a lot of branded coffee mugs from now-defunct arts institutions, free international airfare, invitations to some real weird parties, backstage stadium access to interview champion athletes, entry to the semi-secret rare books basement of the British Library…. plenty of great stuff has come into my life through writing, but what matters most is how writing has changed me.

I’ll never stop writing. It makes me more alive. Put words to the world and it becomes deeper, bigger, and more fascinating. Writing helps me love the world more.

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Every time I write, I learn to attend. To notice more. To appreciate better. To care.


Writing is a really great shortcut to making that happen. No matter what you write about (love, death, justice, your dog) you’ll end up caring more about it through the process of finding the words. The more we write, the more we’ll care.

That’s why I coach.

Plus, we need your story.

Every voice I’ve worked with as a writing coach, from unhoused folks to middle-class moms to C-Suite executives, has something unique to give. We need all of it. All of the perspectives. All of the humanity.

We have to care more about each other.

The written word is a highly advanced technology for building empathy, banishing assumptions, and making people care.

Let’s use it.

Deeply supportive and RESPECTFUL writing coaching can be especially vital for writers whose identities (like mine) are statistically underrepresented in US mainstream creative media and publishing. (This certainly includes LGBTQIA2S+ folx, people of the global majority, neurodivergent people, visibly and invisibly disabled people, larger-bodied people, people with working class or poverty class experiences, and all women.) This stuff matters even when our work is not explicitly about our identities. Your perspective means everything.

Income level isn’t a barrier. All my sessions are sliding scale. (If you need a full scholarship, email

How does having a writing coach even work?

Sessions are very different from person to person, but the logistical stuff stays the same.

We meet on Zoom for an hour.

We do a session. Sixty minutes. We look at your work (if you have some) and we look at your process (or help you find one) in a friendly and honest private conversation.

We meet when you need it.

You book one hour at a time. This way, you get only the amount of coaching you want and need. No filler. Maybe you get what you need to reboot your practice after one single session and you never come see me again; you’re too busy writing. Maybe you visit monthly-ish for a while to make big progress as you work towards and achieve a major writing goal (like a finished script or publication-ready project.) Or maybe you become a joyfully irregular client who drops in occasionally for tune-ups around big leaps or stumbling blocks, because even when I haven’t seen you in ages you know I’m always solidly in your corner. (Most people visit monthly-ish to start then become joyfully irregular… but you’re the one who decides what you need.) We take each hour as it comes.

I don’t sell packages. No strings. We take it 60 minutes at a time.

Get unstuck from a block, ask a few career/process/wildcard questions and get respectful honest answers, or tune up some key pages on a big project. An hour could change your writing practice forever. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t work this way.

Let’s see what 60 minutes with me can do for you.

This costs what you can afford.

All my sessions are sliding scale.

My highest price point supports scholarships. My lowest price welcomes folks with limited financial resources. No “means testing” or proof-of-income required; you choose the price that feels appropriate for you. (If even my lowest rate is too high: please email me and say “I’m interested in a gift session” to get the most current information about my schedule and waitlist. I’ve got limited free coaching spots and want to give you one if you need it, because your income isn’t your value.) Whatever your resources, I trust you to pay what you honestly can.

Does a writing coach edit?

Not exactly. If you’ve sent me pages, I’ll arrive with line-by-line comments and structural questions to support your work. But I’m focused on your biggest picture growth.

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We’ll upgrade your technique… seek out places where your power is hiding between the lines… and help you become more skillfully intentional in your product and in your process. (I love applying practical cognitive science about memory, emotion, and creativity to give you a creative advantage!)

Yes, we’ll work on your current project; it’ll get stronger as we pay it attention; but I’m not a developmental editor or a “book coach.” I’m focused on your lifelong writing skills.

I’m just not writing. Will a writing coach even help?

Yes. When you come to a session feeling blocked or uninspired, we’ll sort out what’s going on… and what to f*ckin’ DO about it.

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We’ll dig in. All the way down to grappling with major creative anxieties (if we have to) so we can find safe ways to ease you back to writing. Return to the page with new tools that work for you.

Neuroscience shortcuts for reaching a flow state. Unexpected workarounds. Practical strategies. Mindset shifts. Sneak attacks. Big, small; no tactic left behind.

(It’ll be fine. I’ve been through those cycles of guilt and shame and frustration about not writing, and it didn’t kill my career. Let’s get you out.)

But what does writing coaching actually feel like?

It’s different for everyone.

I won’t lie and tell you how this will feel.

As a writing coach, I’ll make you ONE PROMISE.

I can’t promise that you’ll churn out a bestseller, that you’ll win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, or even that you’ll keep writing. Maybe during our session, you’ll realize you’re actually ready to quit because you’ve been trying to meet someone else’s expectations by becoming a writer and you’d rather paint houses or build LEGO® cities. I can’t promise you a specific outcome.

But I can promise this:

I won’t treat you like a student who it’s my job to mold or instruct during our conversations about your writing habits, your challenges, your goals, your questions, your technical strengths and weaknesses, or your creative blocks.

I’ll treat you like a genius, with all the respect and rigor and love and excitement
(and FORGIVENESS FOR IMPERFECTION) that genius deserves.

I really mean it. I’ll treat you like a genius. Because when you write, you are one.

Sliding Scale Writing Coach

I offer three price tiers (Luxury, Standard, and Economy) as an ethical business practice.
Please book your session at the rate that feels appropriate for you.
I accept bookings up to 30 days in advance.


Higher-priced “luxury” sessions directly support additional writing mentorship for vital voices without financial resources.

Share your abundance with structurally oppressed voices (like unhoused writers, folks with disabilities that limit their earnings, and elders on fixed incomes with untold stories.)


Market rate “standard” sessions are my mainstay as a writing coach. Let me serve you sustainably.


Lower-priced “economy” sessions increase access for writers with limited financial resources.

Your income level is not your value.

If the economy rate is still a hardship, you may qualify for free coaching thanks to generous donors.

If you need that, just email me and say “I’m interested in a gift session.” That’s all you gotta say. We’ll sort it out. As someone with lived poverty-class experiences who has benefited from similar generosity in the past, I will treat you with respect for your privacy and gratitude for your time as we arrange your support.

Thank you for reading this far to consider working with me.

Excited about coaching but not sure about me? Fair enough. If I’m not your person, I hope you find the writing coach who feels right for you. I won’t be right for everyone. But I want to make a good effort here to let you know what I’m like, so you can decide.

I don’t post testimonials from clients because at this moment in the coaching landscape, I feel that sharing quotes from the people you’ve served can be kind of a manipulative sales tactic. I don’t ask my customers to sell me. So I’m asking you to trust what you’re seeing directly about who I am.

I want you to know me as a coach. That’s part of why I publish so many writing tips blog posts to help you catch the vibe of what I’m about.

But it’s hard to describe yourself, and I honestly don’t love doing it. So it might be useful to share that profiles by journalists have called me “one insightful and confident woman” with “searing smartsand a seemingly bottomless capacity for feeling.

That’s how I write and that’s how I coach.

Here’s more about me.

Thank you for writing.

Tell the truth, don’t give up, and have fun.