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Sometimes our own desire and motivation to write is not enough. Perhaps we need specific advice on the best way to structure a large project. Or thoughtful instruction and feedback on elements of craft, including description, dialogue, action, interior monologue, narrative arc, and transitions. Maybe we just don't know where or how to begin and need tools to help us get started (or re-started when we lose traction).

A dedicated writing coach can help.

Jeannine has worked individually with writers for more than fifteen years, combining her passion and experience as a teacher with her award-winning editorial career and extensive experience as a published writer in order to help writers achieve their goals. In addition to teaching through Elephant Rock and her full-time role as editor at the University of Minnesota, Jeannine serves as Nonfiction Editor for Orison Books and reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly and as a volunteer writing mentor for the Association of Writers and Writing Program's Writer-to-Writer Program and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. She draws from two decades of journalism and creative nonfiction writing, with several published nonfiction books and a children's picture book. She earned her MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her creative work has appeared in many journals and won awards including the Curt Johnson Prose Award, the Proximity Essay Prize, and the Masters Review Emerging Writers Award, plus two Pushcart Prize nominations. She recently completed her first novel and has successfully helped writers complete more than a dozen published books, nonfiction and fiction. Most of all, she supports writers with crucial tools for tapping into the creative back channel and opening to the surprise of original voice ... again and again. 


Focus can be on craft, structuring a project and goal setting, reversing writer's block, creativity building, feedback and revision, staying on track, meeting deadlines, or all of the above as needed. In person or distance. Rate: $110/hour. Minimum commitment of 4 hours. 

editorial services

Jeannine has worked for a variety of magazines and publishers as an editor, and has won awards from the Medill School of Journalism for editing. In addition to magazine editing, Jeannine has extensive experience with book-length projects (coaching, collaborative writing, ghosting, developmental editing, and manuscript evaluation and critique). In-person or distance. Rate: by the project.


Jeannine works with students, from middle-schoolers through PhD candidates. In her post at the University of Minnesota, she assists students and faculty on shaping their manuscripts and has helped improve publication rates in respected national journals among core writers. She has also helped faculty revise book manuscripts in order to meet publication standards for New York publishers. In person or distance. Rate: $110/hour


Every writer is unique; no two projects are alike. The easiest way to determine the best way to work together is through conversation.  Email Jeannine to set up a free consultation about your project.