Coaching the Writer

Coaching the Writer

I have been a life coach for over a decade, and specialise now in coaching writers.

I know what it’s like to want to write. And I know what it’s like to be a writer who isn’t writing. I also know what it’s like to feel that my writing could be so much better.

Working with a writing coach can be helpful whatever stage you’re at on your writing journey. One-to-one coaching and the principles that underpin it have supported my dreams of being a published novelist. Coaching allowed me to get serious and specific about my creative ambitions. I grew in confidence, got my words on the page and learned to call myself a writer. You can do this too!!


Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying ‘listen to me.’ – Jhumpa Lahiri.

It isn’t always easy to take this leap. But take it we must if we want to write! My aim, as your coach, is to help you find the inspiration and energy to create in the ways that you want to create. My job is to help you believe in yourself, and to support you to find the motivation, focus and confidence you need. Ultimately, my role is to help you carve out a more creative writing life: to start projects, to juggle projects, to finish projects.

Does writing ever feel impossibly hard? Do you feel blocked? Have you wanted to write forever, but just can’t seem to make it happen? Have you no idea how to start? Or perhaps you start, full of enthusiasm, but then realise it’s not working how you imagined or wanted, and disappointment with what you’re producing eats away at your confidence.

With the right support, from a qualified coach and experienced writer, you can learn the skills to begin writing and to keep writing. Once you understand the creative process – with all its contradictions, frustrations, gifts and surprises – you become more able to get those words on the page. You get to learn the craft of writing by doing. You’ll find the commitment you need to stick with it – and sticking with it is the difference between achieving your writing ambitions and not achieving them.

If you’re a prose writer – writing novels, short stories, memoir or creative non-fiction – then I can also help you to improve and polish your writing. This might involve looking at point of view, narrative drive, characterisation, dialogue, plotting or editing.


Get in touch

Visit my website to find out more: www.joanneburn.com

If you’re interested in coaching then I’d love to hear from you. I’m very happy to answer any questions you might have, with no pressure from me to book sessions. For coaching to be effective, it’s so important that it’s the right thing for you. Feel free to query any aspect of the coaching process or my way of working – I’ll answer any questions you have.

Telephone: 07824 331691

If you’d prefer to chat by email initially, then feel free to get in touch using the form below. I usually respond the same day.

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