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 so it works magic 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

  • A GENTLE, KIND, AND EFFECTIVE COUNSELOR, MELINDA LAUS focuses on helping others work through their grief and loss. Widowed young, herself, she supports her clients through the mourning process with heart and grace.

    As she worked on her new website, Courageous Mourning, I was honored to help Melinda create web copy that truly reflects her beautiful voice and the depth of her understanding. And I was so proud to receive this note from her: Jamie, I am so excited to be able to work with you again! You bring out the best in my writing and help me to define and discern my own voice. What a gift you are!

    Learn more about Melinda at Courageous Mourning.

  • THE EMMA PRESS, WHOSE CHARMING SUBTITLE IS “SMALL PRESS, BIG DREAMS,” seeks submissions of poems about “urban myths and legends,” for a new anthology inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Poets are encouraged to send in poems which tell new stories and include some kind of transformation, as a nod to the original text.

    Publisher Emma Wright says, “The Metamorphoses is often considered Ovid’s masterpiece. The requirements are quite exacting, but I think poets like a challenge and will hopefully come up with some brilliant stories.”

    The deadline for submissions is December 31st. To submit, you must be a member of the Emma Press Club, which involves buying a book, ebook, or set of postcards from the publisher’s website. Find full submissions guidelines at the Submissions page.

  • MELODY MAYSONET, YA AUTHOR OF A WORK OF ART (MERIT PRESS), intro-ed our interview for Uncommon YA this way: You don’t know what you don’t know until you run your manuscript through writing coach and editor Jamie Morris! Read the article at Uncommon YA’s blog  or on Melody’s own blog.

    A WORK OF ART will be available March, 2015. Here’s a blurb to whet your whistle!

    Tera is seventeen, shy, and artistically gifted. Her hero is her father, a famous graphic artist. Tera’s universe is turned upside down the day the police arrest her father for an unspeakable crime. Tera desperately wants to believe his arrest is a mistake, and goes into action, sacrificing her future at art school to help him. But under the surface, there are rifts in Tera’s memories that make her wonder: Could he be guilty?

  • POET PEGGY MILLER, A TRUE FRIEND AND TRUE HEART, ANNOUNCED the upcoming publication of her fourth collection of poems, Sciences of Silence, by FootHills Publishing. Because she’s my real, true friend, I hear her real, true voice speaking every line of the poem Foothills shared from the collection. I hope you can, too.

    The Good Stuff

    Brother Loman Joseph came by with
    a handful of dry limas and broke one
    open with his little folding knife to
    show the 2 cotyledons inside. Dicot,

    he said. Once he took an old softball
    from his pocket on which he wrote
    N period Y period with a blue ballpoint
    pen and Xs for the north pole and

    the south pole. He lit the bare light bulb
    of the porch lamp and tilted the softball
    for winter in New York, and he walked
    it around the little sun until it was

    summertime and sunny. On a winter
    night he pointed out the Pleiades,
    a modest clutch of stars south
    of the biggest star in Auriga’s pentagon.

    Seven Sisters, like you girls, he said,
    always teaching the good stuff.
    Sometimes he brought a pillowcase
    full of grapes or corn. The tassels

    at the apex of corn stalks were male
    flowers puffing pollen. Pollen traveled
    the silk strands of female flowers,
    ripening the kernels of corn. Monocot,

    like the grasses. Of grapes I remember
    only the bitter pits. He showed me
    how to grow a sweet potato held
    up by three toothpicks in a jelly

    glass, and once he asked me where
    I ‘d have to be if I had a square house
    with a window on each side and no
    matter which window I looked out

    I’d be looking south. And I got
    the answer right—He planted a tall
    maple sapling beyond the barberry
    bush. Maybe it’s still there.

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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 SimsYOU'VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writers Digest)

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

Jamie: I am so freaking in love with you, this process, and my book! People dread asking me how I am because I tell them in nauseating detail how much I love my book and my writing coach and what we are up to! I feel like I won the lottery! Cara Gubbins, PhD, THE DOLPHINS OF HILTON HEAD (University of South Carolina Press); EVERYDAY WOMEN CREATING EXTRAORDINARY LIVES (JADA Press)

Get your happy dance on, Jamie! I got an agent!!! I'm so excited. Get ready to grace my acknowledgement page!!! You were so integral in helping me with my character arcs in FORETOLD—and with the underlying theme! Remember when we met in downtown Mount Dora? That session was so good. Our ideas totally merged, and magic happened! —Melissa Abrehamsen, FORETOLD (represented by Siobhan McBride of Serendipity Literary Agency)
 
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