the sound of voices two

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. Here's what others have said about Jeannine's writing:

"... [S]imply beautiful.... [P]recisely imagined, poetically structured, compelling, and vivid." Joyce Carol Oates

"We admire the vividness and complexity." Editors, Penn Review

"Tender but blunt, quiet but cutting." Editors, Masters Review

"Vivid, memorable, and affecting."  Caitlin Horrocks, fiction editor, Kenyon Review

"Powerful and urgent with a stunning sense of language and a compelling metaphoric voice. This novel is emotionally authentic and gripping. " Sue William Silverman,  award-winning author of three memoirs, a poetry collection, and a craft book on writing

"A writer with an extraordinary gift for prose that's complex, imagistic, and startling."  Richard McCann, author of Mother of Sorrows

In addition to teaching through Elephant Rock and her full-time role as editor at the University of Minnesota, Jeannine is on the teaching faculty of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW). She also serves as a volunteer writing mentor for MPWW as well as for the Association of Writers and Writing Program's Writer-to-Writer Program. 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 has won awards including the Curt Johnson Prose Award, the Proximity Essay Prize, and a Masters Review Emerging Writers Award. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and supported by Millay Colony for the Arts and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. 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, breaking through 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.

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.