I am a novelist with a passion for teaching others how to unleash their stories and set them down on the often unfriendly page.
I've been writing fiction all my life and have been a writing coach for over thirty years. I've had a gratifying and successful career that includes seven works of fiction, a book on writing and many articles on writing and the creative process.
My thirty years as a writing coach have shown me that what stops us from writing is not lack of talent or imagination, but the belittling voice of the Inner Critic who hammers into our head, "You'll never be a writer. No one wants to read what you write. You have nothing original to say, etc..."
Knowing how to defang your Inner Critic so you can release the passion of your imagination is an important aspect of my teaching that differentiates me as a coach.
"I hired Emily Hanlon as a writing coach to help me complete my first novel. It was in its draft state when we met, and I needed her to help me figure out how to convey my complex storyline.From beginning to end, thanks to Emily's probing and meaningful insights, I experienced the joy of seeing myself evolve as a writer. I now have a completed novel that is far beyond my wildest expectations!" -Jackie Bennett
How I Coach - In Person, Over the Phone
I work with all levels of writers. I offer private coaching sessions and writing workshops for men and women. I work either in my home in Northern Westchester County, or on the telephone. I also have five and ten day retreats in Bar Harbor, Maine. These retreats are for women.
What I Teach
- Novel Writing: All Genres of Fiction
- Short Story
- Children's Books
The Craft of Writing
As a writing coach, I use a two-pronged method of coaching that is simple and effective: I support you in unleashing your creativity while teaching you the craft of writing through a method that I call The Five Ingredients of the Scene. This takes the mystery out of creating characters and developing the story line.
- Book Editing
Words and structure are crucial to fiction writing, but a great story demands far more. It is only through the journey into the unknown that you uncover the exciting, passionate characters who will make your stories come alive for both you and your readers.
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