“Janet's skillful guidance and feedback have in large part made possible my career as a writer.”  Pam Jenoff, author of nine published novels, including the bestseller The Kommandant's Girl

MENTORING

The first step toward becoming a stronger writer and achieving your aims is showing up. The second is figuring out how to tell a powerful story, whether in fiction, creative nonfiction, or professional writing.

A writing mentor whose judgment you trust will help those steps happen. Janet offers concrete, constructive, individualized guidance to bring your practice and output to a higher level. By submitting your work in sections or as a whole, whether as you write or as you revise, you'll receive focused critiques and specific technical guidance that will lead you to a stronger set of skills and a more meaningful end product. She also supplies deadlines, email check-ins, encouragement, and insights that ease the isolation of writing.  

Here are the words of a few of hundreds of writers she has mentored:

"Janet is a miracle worker. She's teaching me about writing and editing and cheering me on through the whole process." Rebecca Matthias, author of Motherswork: How a Young Mother Started a Business on a Shoestring and Built It into Multi-Million Dollar Company and author of two self-published novels.

“You did a dynamite job. Your work is pushing me where I need to go. The agent said it was fantastic and a fantastic revision.” Larry Kane, former KYW news anchor, news analyst, and author of three published books, including Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles’ 1964 Tour that Changed the World.

"Janet is a gifted editor and mentor. She asks all the necessary questions in a manner that helps me realize I know the answer. I'm confident now that I'll find a way to get the right words on the page. If you're ready to finish your project, don't miss the chance to work with her." Mary Scherf, lawyer and writer with essay in Creative Nonfiction, summer 2015.

"I am back to my memoir and so appreciating you as a reader/editor/coach/teacher. On the micro level you find all these ways to clarify and cut, which I can NEVER do, and on the macro level you 'get' what I'm trying to do and show me how to do it better. I especially admire and appreciate when you point out issues of structure, style, theme, etc. that I have handled well, but obliviously!"  Richard Mandel, former head of school of Miquon and Friends Select and leader in progressive education 

"With each chapter I go over (and over and over), the comments and notes I rely on most are yours. You have been the one who has made a major difference in my writing. . . . I still have a long way to go, I'm sure, but I am going. Mostly I have you to thank."  Susan Karol Martel, psychotherapist and author of The Fourth Trimester: On Becoming a Mother

Please email (see CONTACT tab) with a description of your project to find out more.