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PRIVATE COACHING FOR WRITERS OF ALL STRIPES

 

While Kearns is best known for coaching solo performers, he stresses that the basic tenants of writing are the same. It is the particular needs of each individual student that concerns him—whether he’s teaching a class of twenty-five students or one beginner who has more desire than skill. As a result, he welcomes writers of decidedly different disciplines (playwrights essayists, memoirists, novelists, screenwriters, and non-fiction writers) at various stages in their careers. While he never ignores the nuts-and-bolts rules necessary for all writers to absorb, Kearns stresses imagination, personal investment, high stakes, artistic responsibility, and discipline.

 

60 or 90 minute sessions available on Zoom.

 

SUNDAY MORNING WRITE & SHINE CLASS

 

An intensive, largely by-invitation-only class that is limited to students with whom Kearns has had a professional relationship or has experienced their work and asked them to join. In rare instances, a student may submit work and be considered. No more than six students share their work and ideas in three-hour rigorous sessions in which they apply critical thinking and serious criticism to each other’s work under Kearns’ careful guidance.

 

By Invitation Only

 

WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT CLASSES WITH MICHAEL

 

“A caring and encouraging teacher, Michael’s insights and questions truly make a difference and my writing is always the better for it.” 

-James Pentecost

 

“I met Michael and began working with him right after that point where people say ‘you really should write.’ Thanks to Michael’s  generous, insightful care and useful analysis, and the community he creates in his writing workshop, my ‘should’ became a ‘can.’ I wanted to get somewhere, and I have, thanks to Michael and our group.” 

-Darya Teesewell

 

“As a published author, I’ve worked with dozens of writing coaches and teachers over the last couple decades. Michael innately understood me and my writing more than anyone—he challenged me when I needed to expand and supported me when I needed to turn inward. He pushed me to work my hardest, mine to the deepest emotional depth, and create the work I am most proud of. ” 

-Lan Tran