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Bella Mahaya Carter - Writing coach, guiding your writing journey.

Creativity Goes Wild: Classes and Coaching for the Creative Life with Suzanne Murray.

Daily Writing Tips: Grammar, vocabulary, expressions and more.

Etymology dictionary: Origins and usage of words. 

Kidlit-Mary Kole: Writing and publishing children's books.

Margie Lawson: Writing teacher specializing in deep editing techniques to create page turners.

Nina Amir: Coaches writers from idea to product.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America: Promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing.

Sonoma County Literary Update Newsletter and Calendar for Sonoma County literary events, workshops, and teachers.

Wired For Story: Lisa Cron, story-writing coach

Writer Advice:  Author interviews, book reviews, markets, websites.  

Writers Helping Writers: A collection of unique resources to improve writing.






B. Lynn Goodwin

Specialize in “big picture” responses: I tell you what I love because I believe writers work better when they are given honest encouragement. I tell you what trips me up and why. I plant seeds, you nurture them, and your writing blossoms.

Fees:   $50 per hour, or fee based on word count.


David Colin Carr

I will collaborate with you to identify the passion behind your content and your vision for the book, and explore those in the context of the ever-changing publishing industry. Together, we will develop strong structure and polish writing for clear, rich language that preserves your unique voice.


Elaine Silver

Helps realize the greatest potential of your writing by discovering your true intent and translating it to the pages of your book.

Esther Baruch

I help you craft your message, gain credibility, and get that book written. From ghostwriting to proofreading, I’ll make sure your words project a powerful image of you and are carefully chosen and typo-free.

Polishing your words to make you shine.

Joanne Hartman

Joanne is an editor and writer who lives in the east bay. She is a founding editor of Literary Mama and was a columnist for The Jewish News of Northern California. Her writing appears in The East Bay Monthly, five anthologies, and other publications. She is a co-editor of the 2019 award-winning anthology She’s Got This: Essays on Standing Strong and Moving On and edits fiction and memoir which have been published by major houses as well as small indie presses.

Karen Hart

Award-winning writer, editor and novelist, Karen Hart, has more than 30 years of experience helping writers polish and refine their manuscripts, focusing on story elements, plot, characterization, dialogue, voice, setting, word choice and more. Currently, she is the editor-in-chief of a regional business-to-business magazine, and continues to be slightly obsessive-compulsive about all writing endeavors.

Mary Kole

Former literary agent Mary Kole founded Mary Kole Editorial in 2013 and provides consulting and developmental editing services to writers of all categories and genres, working on children’s book projects from picture book to young adult, and all kinds of trade market literature, including fantasy, sci-fi, romance and memoir.

Mark Burstein

Fiction and nonfiction, clients include Chronicle Books, Insight Editions, Harry N. Abrams, Ten Speed, and many authors.

Nicholas Valdez

I am a conceptual and developmental editor with over a decade of experience teaching university writing. Focusing on purpose and audience, I help writers and authors develop their ideas, organize their manuscripts, and improve their expression.


Peg Alford Pursell

I enjoy helping writers navigate the journey, find and focus their vision, and present their work in the best possible light. I'm skilled at developmental editing, manuscript consultation, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I've critiqued and edited hundreds of manuscripts. Founding editor of Why There Are Words (WTAW) Press.


Shirin Yim Bridges

Shirin Yim Leos (formerly Shirin Yim Bridges) is an award-winning author, publisher, and a successful developmental editor. In the last twelve months alone, her editing clients have secured multiple-book deals from MacMillan, HarperCollins, Penguin, and a simultaneous book-plus-movie deal from Random House and Amblin Entertainment. When not writing and editing, Shirin spends much of her time teaching and coaching writers.


Vicky Mlyniec

Editor and manuscript consultant who works with writers from first time novelists to NYT best selling authors. An award winning writer herself, Vicky provides clear and actionable suggestions to clarify content, strengthen plot, deepen characterization and enhance reader interest. She also enjoys helping with short stories, personal essays and memoir.



The Sitting Room Writing Literary salon, writing workshops.

Writers Forum: Marlene Cullen hosts writing workshops.

Writing Communities

California Writers Club: Meets monthly to share information about the craft and business of writing.

Redwood Writers Branch: of The California Writers Club.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): Serving those who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children's literature.


Writer's Digest: Resource for Writers, Celebrating the Writing Life and What it Means to be a Writer in Today's Publishing Environment

The Writer:  Instructs, informs and inspires readers with comprehensive how-to advice on the craft of writing.

Poets & Writers: Information, support and guidance for creative writers.

Poetry Flash: Not just about poetry . . . all kinds of writing information.

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