Maybe you're stuck in the middle of a tricky writing project. Maybe you've wanted to write for years but don't know where to start. Whether you're an experienced author or a complete beginner, a writing coach (that's me!) can act as a careful reader and advisor, helping point your work in the right direction -- and point you in the direction of your very best work.
Hello! I’m Jaclyn.
I’m a Pushcart-nominated writer, the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award and the author of two books — a poetry chapbook with Anstruther Press and a forthcoming picture book with Annick Press. My poetry and short fiction has been featured or is forthcoming in Fiddlehead, Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review, untethered, Mortar Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, Literary Mama and Peregrine. When I'm not leading workshops, coaching writers and taking care of my kindergartener, I’m completing my MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. (Online, of course! I call Hamilton home.)
Whether you’re in the home stretch of a big writing project or just starting out as a writer, coaching can help you stay focused and inspired.
One month of coaching includes:
In-depth feedback/editing of up to 20 pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry
A one-hour coaching session either over the phone, at my office in Hamilton, or in downtown Toronto (limited hours available)
Unlimited email support
A customized recommended reading list based on your writing goals OR a customized list of writing prompts
Cost: $250 + HST for one month, or $600 + HST for three months
What clients are saying:
Working with Jaclyn has done wonders for both my current project and my overall writing practice. She’s an excellent editor at a sentence level, but she also has a real gift for seeing the larger contours of a project and helping you imagine all the directions it could go. I love that I can think through characters’ trajectories with her, and I always come away from our conversations energized and full of ideas.
From our first conversation, I felt that Jaclyn understood the kind of work I want to do and was passionate about helping me develop my work-in-progress. She has been full of insights about my strengths and fears as a writer, and how to develop a writing practice I actually enjoy.
As part of the coaching process, Jaclyn sends you tailor-made prompts. They’re fun, creative and genuinely helpful. They’ve given me a jolt when I’m stuck and helped me get more comfortable trying new things.
Jaclyn is insightful, warm, thoughtful and thorough. She’s a great ally and mentor for anyone working on a long-term project or trying to move forward with their writing. I can’t sing her praises loudly enough. - Pauline
It was an absolute joy working with Jaclyn. She was open to weird and strange approaches to fiction and poetry (weirder the better) and that made creating pieces a more flowing and exciting process. Jaclyn’s feedback was supportive and helpful and she was great at understanding what I was trying to do with a piece and when I didn’t necessarily know where a piece was going she was excellent at helping to guide it. She helped find the strengths in each piece and to see where they could be better. A warm and genuine person I enjoyed all our sessions. I’m looking forward to finishing my chapbook and it would not be nearly as good if I hadn’t had her help. I heartily recommend Jaclyn to anyone looking for a writing mentor. - Sara
I was on my way to bed, however thought I’d stop in to my office and check email . . there you were. I only want to respond from a feeling depth, at this moment, and tomorrow I will write in more detail about all you have said. What I need to say now is how you have given me an extraordinary gift this evening. Your words, your lyrical expression of how you see me as writer, move me beyond measure… your letter, and your feedback, are like the morning sun. - Milree