Do You Want to Write More and Better Fiction?
Then You've Come to the Right Place!
"No one knows as well as Emily Hanlon how to access that deep and rich inner world where our best characters and stories live." ~Janet King
So, who am I, and why do I know I can help you...
I am a successful novelist and a writing coach. I have written all of my life and have been mentoring writers for over thirty years. Writing my novels was my passion and the most powerful expression of my life for a very long time. Today, although I love writing, my passion has transformed into guiding others on the fiction writer's journey.
My writing changed my life in ways I never expected... I know your fiction writing can change your life in ways you can't imagine.
How do I know this? I am the person a stronger, braver and happier person than I once was because of the characters and stories I have successfully birthed. Yes, being published is a part of that. However, if someone said to me, "I will give you five million dollars for your novels, but you will never have the journey that writing the novels has given you." I would, without hesitation, say: "Thank you, but no."
And I mean this from the depth of my being. No amount of fame and fortune will give you the challenge, growth, and pure ecstasy that falling in love with your characters and losing yourself in your stories give. There is no better way for a fiction writer to grow than through her writing.
I have witnessed this not only in myself, but also in countless numbers of my students -- none of whom began with much, if any, belief in their writing or in themselves as writers. But they hung in, trusted my guidance, overcame fears and obstacles and learned to take the risks demanded of being a creative human being. The payoff is priceless!
Over the years I have worked with so many people who began with a only a dream of being a fiction writer.
"Because of Emily's coaching, I know that I can follow any direction with my writing, that I am free to fly, leap, spin or dive into the deepest, most mysterious waters and still come up unscathed. In fact, I’m better for venturing into the unknown territory. Writing I have come to, is like living – it requires heart and courage." ~ Carol Katz
I have 7 works of fiction published, ranging from children's books to adult novels, including Petersburg, which was sold to GP Putnams in 1988 for $250,00. The paperback was sold to Dell for another $200,000.
Petersburg was translated into Italian, German and Spanish and reached the Best Seller's list in England. I have written many articles on writing and the creative process, and have been published in Writer's Digest.
The Art of Fiction Writing or How to Fall Down the Rabbit Hole Without Really Trying, explores how to defang your inner critic so you can write without being at the mercy of self-damnation!
"Emily opened up a new door to my creativity. It was like entering a magical world where I understood for the first time the needs and motivations of my characters. I was able to break through my resistance and get past the voice of my critic. And really say something without my head getting in the way and blocking me. Emily showed me how to connect to my imagination – and my writing has really taken off"!
~ Vallerie Huyghue
I graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Writing. I am a founding member of the National Writer's Union and co-creator of the hugely popular Westchester County Annual Writing Conference in the 1990s. I taught writing for 10 years at the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG) Conference at Skidmore College.