IT’S A BRAVE AND WILD UNDERTAKING, writing a book. A coach—your writing sherpa?—makes the journey easier and a lot more fun! High touch in our high-tech world, I support you as you get your next page/chapter/draft done!
You are the most amazing person to come across my path at this particular time. I do believe you are this story’s fairy godmother. You are making sense of what’s already been done and giving a new perspective on what is yet to be. Big Shared World is already better thanks to your involvement. I am better because of you. Wow! —Colleen Waterston, BigSharedWorld.com
How writing coaching works
I’m on a mission—to help writers make their mark. Whether you’re a first-time writer or a pro: Your success is my success!
As your writing coach, I offer creative and practical support to help you meet your writing goals. We might start by getting clear on the one project from among several (hundred?!) possibilities you want to tackle—or by organizing the project that’s already clearly in your sights.
Organize, strategize, map out, dig in!
We’ll map out a structure—or strategy—for your nonfiction book, brainstorm the plot of your novel, or wrangle your writing schedule. We will dig into your work in progress—whether we’re developing your outline, reviewing your essays, or tracking the chapter-by-chapter progress of your book.
- Anne likes to brainstorm the basics of her plot before she starts.
- Ricardo sends a month’s worth of blog posts ahead to discuss.
- Viviana gets regular feedback on her nonfiction book proposal.
- Jill commits to a 1000 words a day to speed her first draft.
Step by step
Whatever your project, we’ll develop concrete goals that match your writing dreams. You’ll get step-by-step assignments to help you achieve those goals: We’ll explore what you’ve done, plan your next moves, and always keep you heading towards the finish line.
I’ve been teaching creative writing at colleges and universities for nearly 20 years, and I’ve been a writing coach for nearly as long. But here’s something you likely don’t expect: I use a writing coach, too. In fact, I recently invested in my own writing career by getting five one-hour sessions with Florida writing guru Jamie Morris. In that short but focused time, I had two breakthroughs on a semi-comatose project that’s been languishing away for a year. I also felt energized, clear-headed, and excited about writing again. Her fresh eyes on my work and my career was exactly what I needed. —Ryan G. Van Cleave, Creative Writing BFA Coordinator, Ringling College of Art and Design; author of THE WEEKEND BOOK PROPOSAL (Writers Digest); MEMOIR WRITING FOR DUMMIES (John Wiley & Sons), quoted in THE WRITER magazine
Just need a boost? A one-hour “lightning” session can untangle a knot, illuminate a solution, or haul your project out of the mud if it’s stuck and spinning its wheels.
Let’s see if we’re a good fit to get your writing project done!
Schedule a free twenty-minute consultation.
Raves for writing coaching
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, YOU’VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writers Digest)
The writer’s struggle is a painful one. Enter guardian angel and author spirit guide, Jamie Morris. Whether you are struggling to finish a manuscript, ready for a developmental editor, or simply need someone who understands you, Jamie Morris is incredible. She maps out action plans, gives firm yet reasonable goals, and takes the terror and mystery out of the writing process so you can get to the work at hand. Do yourself and your writing life a favor. Hire her immediately. She’s the best investment you’ll ever make! —Sasha Graham, TAROT DIVA, 365 TAROT SPREADS, 365 TAROT SPELLS (all Llewellyn), TAROT OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE, co-author, TAROT FUNDAMENTALS (both Lo Scarabeo)
Jamie Morris is a true genius at her craft. She’s intelligent and thoughtful, with bone-deep wisdom about how to make a story. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s astoundingly intuitive and masterly about guiding me out of murky waters and into alignment with the story that lies in wait. It took me fifteen years to get serious about this book, and I swear on my stack of all-time-favorites that I was waiting to find Jamie. She’s the creative midwife of my dreams! —Heather Rosser
Jamie, thank you so much for all your love, encouragement, and expertise this morning! I’m very excited to just write the way I did when I was a kid, to just have fun and roll with my instincts. Truly, I’m always in awe of how insightful you are as a coach, not just to writing but to the human heart. —Alina Smith, songwriter, music producer, at LYRE
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)
Still absorbing the awesomeness with Jamie Morris! We nailed it! Amazing brains clicking together, and I now have a solid first act, broken down scene-by-scene. So many thanks for your dedication and willingness to stick it out, Jamie!
—Anne Hawkinson, co-author, SCOTLAND’S KNIGHT, multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner
Jamie has the ability to cut directly to the core of your writing issues and offer kind, constructive, and EFFECTIVE suggestions for how to proceed at a higher level. Wherever there’s a block, weakness, or inefficiency—be it practical, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise—she’ll help you unearth it and move forward. She’s a keeper!
—Tierney Sadler, freelance writer, blogger, and author of THE DECK OF 1000 SPREADS (Llewellyn Worldwide)
Jamie Morris is not just a Fairy Godmother, she is also The Angel in Disguise. Her coaching is awesome and has helped me enormously in wading through my first novel. Her advice and encouragement are incomparable, inspirational, and they motivate you to keep writing! AND she’s also a lot of fun!
—Pati Anderson, first-time mystery writer
Running a soul-centered business doesn’t come easy. Unless you have Jamie Morris at your side. Jamie offers big doses of support, passion, and compassion, with a healthy injection of honesty and humor. If you want more than a pep-talk, seek Jamie. Her coaching is soul-to-soul. She offers resources and stories to help navigate one’s journey. Jamie’s enthusiasm and spot-on intuition enhance her talents as a writer and editor. She’s a natural cheerleader of bloggers and businesses, and a magician who performs stellar work on any written endeavor.
—Tabitha Dial, MFA, author, poet; Tarot and Tea Leaf Readings by Tabitha
I love the way Jamie was able to help me define the main character of my book. She guided me through a series of questions and list-making that kept me focused and determined to finish. She’s always available and very patient. It’s comforting to know that she respects my work as much as I do. I wouldn’t be this far along without her. Thank you for making Marie come to life!
—Danielle Moroux, web designer, first-time novelist
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
When I hit the “write or die” wall (that I think a lot of writers begin to feel at some point), I did the sensible thing. I got help. And Jamie and I worked through a plan to make things better.
—Melissa Jo Hill, writer, editor, WordPress genius; formerly, The Sassy Sibyl; creator, MELISSA LENORMAND, THE POSTMARK LENORMAND
Jamie has a unique gift with writers, especially new writers. She is careful to draw out their talents and yet at the same time not allow them to drift into common traps and mistakes that can hold back a writer’s craft. She is a writer’s advocate and a must-have tool in their career.
—JL Rehman, owner, Partners In Crime Publishers
[She’s] an insightful coach. Whether you’re an experienced writer or just starting out, I can’t recommend Jamie Morris highly enough.
—Patrick Matthews, DRAGON RUN (Scholastic); columnist, DADDY TALES; publisher and editor, GAMES FOR EDUCATORS
I can’t express enough the gratitude necessary to convey how much you have helped me in my creative process! Thanks a million times! Keep up the great work!
—John Gamber, poet, painter
Jamie has a special talent for keeping writers enthused about their projects. Her insight and intuition have advanced my work tremendously.
—Alan Zemel, writer
Jamie is a genius when it comes to the process of writing. Whether I’m developing a character or just brainstorming, one hour with Jamie spins off a whole month’s-worth of creativity!
—Jim Shipley, syndicated columnist, HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS
Jamie is amazing! She has the ability to pull from her writers their best work—and then help them to make it better. She creates a climate of encouragement and inspiration. I leave each session excited and wanting more.
—Anna Thoma, library media specialist
Jamie’s one-on-one coaching is superb. Her ear for language and ability to see the entire texture and pattern of the unfolding creation allows her to provide thoughtful and insightful critiquing of a project while at the same time inspiring her students to feel the same level of intense enthusiasm for this business of writing!
—Gerry Wolfson-Grande, writer, editor, author of “The Chess Players”