Guiding you along the writer's path

Editing

A developmental editor helps writers hone their work-in-progress. For voice, heart, vision, yes!—and for style, organization, and clarity, too. Do you have a draft of a memoir, novel, or screenplay? Are you wondering, "Now, what?" My feedback can pave the way toward your publishing goals.

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Coaching

A writing coach is a literary fairy godmother. She can charm your plot or transform your writing practice into one that works for you! I've earned my wand helping castles-full of writers abracadabra the straw of great ideas into golden sheaves of pages. I can help you, too.

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Workshops

For over a decade, my writing workshops have inspired writers to creative breakthroughs. Now, I customize workshops and retreats for writers' and women's groups and team-building events for businesses and non-profits. Let me infuse your group with fresh heart, art, and craft!

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News, Notes & Quotes

  • LEV GROSSMAN’S  LYRICAL ARTICLE, titled “How Not to Write Your First Novel,” is subtitled, “It is Okay Not to be a Genius.” What a relief! Yet, reading about Grossman’s chilly, oddly heart-filled journey through six cold months in Maine, I’m pretty sure I see his genius shining through. Grossman is the author of THE MAGICIANS, THE MAGICIAN KING, and most recently, the final book in his THE MAGICIAN’S TRILOGY, THE MAGICIAN’S LAND.

  • MIDDLE GRADE NOVELIST GAIL SHEPHERD has great news! She writes, Jamie, I wanted to let you know I just signed a contract with Penguin Young Readers Group/Kathy Dawson Books, for a two-book deal. Kathy made the offer based on SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST, the book you were so helpful with in workshops. I’m thrilled of course and wanted to thank you! Publication of SBS is set for Winter 2016. Read more at Publishers Weekly Rights Report!

  • IN BOOK WRITERS’ CRITIQUE GROUP TUESDAY NIGHT, we discussed the differences between shorter works of narrative fiction. While word count is not the only distinguishing feature, it’s certainly the easiest to grasp. Here’s a nice, quick, HubPages article by that dishes up the Difference Between a Short Story, Novellette, Novella and a Novel.”

  • A LITTLE BIT OLDIE, but definitely still goldie! In her article The Writing Workshop Glossary” on the New York Times site, Amy Klein translates some of the puzzling stuff a writer might hear when she hangs her work out on the line and invites others’ input! Thanks to Karen Maguire for sharing this one!

  • YA NOVELIST MELODY MAYSONET has just signed a publishing contract for her debut Young Adult novel, A WORK OF ART (Merit Press), due out in Spring 2015. Melody writes, Jamie, Thank you for the inspiration and knowledge you bestowed on me during the writing of the first draft. Not only that, but you gave me a killer critique for my revision. I revised based on your feedback, so the manuscript that got sold reflects your amazing instincts. Thank you so much.

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Jamie Morris is an outstanding resource for writers who want to reach the pinnacle of success. She’s a warm, encouraging angel on your shoulder, but she’s also got the skills, experience, and good judgment to help you vanquish your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths. If you’re a writer with serious ambitions, work with Jamie.

Elizabeth Sims, Writers Digest author of YOU'VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams.


Jamie, I owe you ten bucks, but I really owe you so much more! You’ve pushed me to uncover truth in my writing. I've learned so much about writing, so much about myself. Thanks for the opportunity. I look forward to more.

—Liz Rash, memoirist


Working with Jamie Morris is a writer’s wet dream. She is incredibly professional, with a strict adherence to deadlines—and she’s got a keen eye and is full of tremendous big-picture insight and ideas. She sees the opportunities in brainstorming and works in a direction that truly meets project goals. At the end of it all, you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy after getting your authentic voice and vision in the world. Did I mention she is tons of fun, too? She brings her personality and spirit to the work, and infuses the process with joy.

If you want to take your work to the next level (and have people take you more seriously, in turn), then call Jamie immediately. And it will be our little secret if you feel all flush with the warm glow of big dreams realized, afterward. Because, you know, you will.

Theresa Pridemore, Director, Cogflower Creative, creator, THE PORTLAND TAROT

 
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