the sound of voices two

Writing is a solitary pursuit, to be sure. But sometimes we benefit greatly from another perspective. 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 potent description, dialogue, action, interior monologue, narrative arc, and transitions. Or we simply need tools to help us get started or re-started when we lose traction with the writing.

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 two decades of journalism and creative nonfiction writing, Jeannine is currently an MFA in fiction candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has successfully helped with the completion of more than a dozen published books, nonfiction and fiction. Just as importantly, she has supported writers with crucial tools for consistently tapping into the creative back channel and opening to the surprise of original voice ... again and again. 

writing lessons and coaching

Sessions are typically one hour long and can be weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Focus can be on craft, structuring a project and goal setting, reversing writer's block, creativity building, feedback and revision, 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 long-term and 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. And she loves working with overwhelmed students navigating the all-encompassing college essay experience. It is possible to go where the fire is and write an original, alive-on-the-page essay in response to a prompt! 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. All initial  email and phone consultations are free of charge. 

Email Jeannine for more information or call 612-801-2566 for a free consultation about your project.