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Creative Writing Coach

Can’t finish your book? Let me help you get it done and guide you onto the path of publication. My first memoir was auctioned to Random House for $400,000. I have since published seven books in literary fiction, memoir, and YA. Wandering Warrior, my young adult fantasy, was optioned by Warner Brothers.

I serve as a story consultant for the 7 billion dollar Disney Shanghai theme park, and teach the master writing class in memoir and fiction at Fairfield University’s low residency Creative Writing MFA program. I also taught at NYU’s Summer Intensive Creative Writing Workshop and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award judge.


Random House/Crown

Best Book of the Year by Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Miami Herald

Random House/Crown

“Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber.”
Kirkus, starred review


“I now have a blueprint to follow and no longer work in the dark.”
— Elizabeth Kirschner, Award winning poet/Master writing teacher Boston College

“I think what makes you so special, Da, is how you quite literally coax souls to blossom through writing with your encouragement, your super positive energy, and through the excellent questions you ask.”
— Christine Koubek, award-winning writer for The Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal

“Without Da urging and encouraging me to write on, to write fast, to not look back (yet) I may never have finished my memoir.”
— Felicity Stone, current student


$100 for each 15-page writing submission

  • Includes 1 phone or Skype conference to discuss your writing
  • Analytical critique and editing of your 30-page submission
  • Overall structural guidance for your story arc

All pages are required to be double-spaced with standard 1-inch margins, in Times New Roman 12 font size. All writing must be printed out and mailed to me. Students are responsible for all mailing costs, and must include a SASE to mail edited pages back. Your work will be critiqued and edited and posted back to you no later than 10 business days for each 30 pages, unless I am away on a book tour or speaking engagement.

$500 for Reading a Completed Manuscript

  • Includes analysis, critique, and solutions and 1 phone or Skype conference


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