I offer writing coaching to writers working on memoirs, nonfiction book proposals, MFA program applications, and personal essays.
My students and writing coaching clients publish books with small and large publishing houses and essays in national outlets, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. (See examples).
Coaching meetings are held online via GoToMeeting. My philosophy is to meet the writer at the level they’re at and help them reach their goals by teaching discrete skills and giving them honest and usable feedback. My strengths are structural and developmental editing; intuiting a narrative’s emotional preoccupation; and reading at the speed of light. My rate is 120 dollars an hour. If you’d like to set up a session, use the scheduler or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content of coaching sessions are held in confidence. Testimonials and names below shared with permission of writers.
Individual Coaching Sessions
Are you stuck on a writing question and want a quick consult? Schedule a 15-minute appointment. $30
After you book your session, send your question to email@example.com so I can prepare for your session. Or, if you prefer, just show up and ask your question.
Your 15-minute session will be held through GoToMeeting. You will receive a link to this online meeting via email after booking. After our meeting, you’ll receive a video recording of our conversation.
Want a full 30 minutes to discuss your question? Schedule a 30-minute session w/o pages. $60
After you’ve booked your session, send up to 2000 words of written material (personal essay, opening of memoir, overview of book proposal, outline of memoir, for example) for review in a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your 30-minute session will be held through GoToMeeting. You will receive a link to this online meeting via email after booking. After our meeting, you’ll receive a video recording of our conversation.
Ready to have your memoir manuscript or book proposal reviewed? Schedule a 60-minute session. $120. (You will be charged for my review time after our session).
After you book your session, email your manuscript to email@example.com. We will then decide the type of reading you’d like. Most writers choose a turbo reading. In a turbo reading, I review the manuscript quickly for global and structural issues. Typically, I review a 75k word manuscript in 4-5 hours. My rate for my review time is 120/hour.
Session held via Goto Meeting. Recording of session provided.
Do you need global feedback on the opening of your memoir or your book proposal? Schedule a 60-minute session. $240
After you’ve booked your session, send up to 6000 words of written material (opening of memoir, overview of book proposal, outline of memoir, for example) for review in a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 60-minute session will be held through GoToMeeting. After booking, you’ll receive a link to our online meeting. After our meeting, you’ll receive a video recording of our conversation.
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Selected nonfiction titles from former students and clients:
Forthcoming nonfiction from former students & clients:
Reckless Steps Toward Sanity by Judith Sara Gelt forthcoming from UNM Press (2019)
Untitled memoir from Noe Alvarez forthcoming from Catapult (2020)
Setting the Wire by Sarah Townsend forthcoming from Lettered Streets Press (2019)
Flying Free by Cecilia Aragon forthcoming from Blackstone Publishing(2020).
Washington Post essays by former students:
Marijuana’s addictive risk shouldn’t be ignored by Roger Roffman
My husband was laid off. Here’s what happened to our parenting by Natalie Singer
Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as a 2008 Top Pick for Reading Groups and as a Target “Breakout Book.” An award-winning instructor, Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006. She also teaches at Hugo House in Seattle and has taught two master classes at Hedgebrook. She holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Washington. Nestor also produces events for writers such as the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat, Bird by Bird & Beyond, and the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive, featuring talks by writers such as Anne Lamott, Cheryl Strayed, Julia Cameron, and Natalie Goldberg. You can follow her on Facebook here, Instagram, and on Twitter @theopnestor.