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Individual Consultations

We invite you to take advantage of being in the same town at the same time as our experienced and talented faculty. Some of them are offering to meet with you individually to give your project the benefit of their expertise. Note that many of them want you to send them material before the Conference, so make your decision early. The consultations will take place during the afternoon breaks, from 3:30 to 6:30 on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Each consultation will be for 30 minutes.

To Schedule an Individual Consultation:

  1. Write to Maria Lugova at register@sanmiguelwritersconference.org to request one or more consultations with specific faculty members. She will write you back with that person’s availability.
  2. Then, register for the consultation(s) you want HERE.
  3. After you register, Maria will email you again with a confirmation.
individual consultations

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: POETRY
Polish and Publish Your Poetry!

I will work with you to prepare and solidify a beautiful book of your poems, (either a small chapbook, or a full collection) and devise together your best strategy for ordering the work, publication, readings, and marketing. Let’s get your book of poems out into the world: it’s time! I...
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Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: EBOOK & PRINT PRODUCTION
From Manuscript to Published Book

Get a customized production plan from the professional book designers at eBook DesignWorks. In this consultation, we’ll discuss your goals for the book, target audience, and timetable, and then help you make an actionable publishing plan. We’ll figure out what files you need (MOBI? EPUB? PDF? PDFX? Fixed-layout or reflowable?),...
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Renee and Mark D’Antoni
Renee and Mark D’Antoni

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: MEMOIR
Memoir as VisionQuest; Writing, Revising and Publishing: Easy-Peasy!

Writing your memoir as an exciting exploration of your story is the ultimate act of generosity and discovery! I can help you plan the writing, find and nuance the arc of your story, and get your book done: soup to nuts! Finding the thread, using language exquisitely, understanding what to...
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Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: FICTION
Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes

Take control of your writing and capture the heart of your reader! Scene is the element of craft that lies at the heart of storytelling. During this consult we will clarify the difference between narrative summary and scene and examine the fundamentals of how to create effective scenes. I am...
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Susan Pohlman
Susan Pohlman

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: FICTION
Escaping the Plateau

Often writers reach a certain level in their work, and then stall. Sometimes they spend years on that plateau, struggling to reach the next level. This conversation will be about recognizing artistic stuckness, how to break free of it, and what strategies will take the writer’s work to the next...
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Stephen Kiernan
Stephen Kiernan

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: PUBLISHING
Choosing Your Best Path to Publication

What’s the most suitable and satisfying path to publication for you and your manuscript? Let’s discuss the specifics of your project along with your personal goals, dreams, timetable and budget. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each choice, including traditional publication, as well as partner-, assisted-, cooperative- and self-publishing....
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April Eberhardt
April Eberhardt

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: FICTION
Deep Story Design

Story structure and character development are essential aspects of the fiction craft. This story coaching consultation will give writers a clearer picture of the shape of their story through the lenses of structure and character. Writers have the option to submit up to 5 pages of material in the form...
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April Bosshard
April Bosshard

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: PUBLISHING AND MARKETING
Creating a Publishing Plan to Fit Your Goals and Budget

There are more ways to get your manuscript into book form today than ever before. Wading through all the various options is the hard part. In this consultation, Judith Gille, an award-winning independent publisher, will discuss your writing project with you in detail, outline the various paths to publishing, and...
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Judith Gille
Judith Gille

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: TRAVEL WRITING
Travel Freelancing, Blogging, and Book Publishing

From the author of Travel Writing 2.0 (now in its 2nd edition) and editor of multiple websites, this custom consultation will cover how to find your audience and step up earnings from your travel writing in the digital age.
Tim Leffel
Tim Leffel

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: FICTION/NONFICTION
Troubleshooting

Are you stuck in the middle (or beginning) your project? Does something about the novel you’ve been writing, or the memoir you’ve been trying to put together, feel … off? Do you have that sense of being sort of lost in the woods, unable to see the edges of the...
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Diana Spechler
Diana Spechler

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: FICTION
Trust Your Story

Advice so simple it can’t possibly be right: Just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems can be solved through a clearer understanding of the story you’re trying to tell, and seeing each aspect in the context of the whole. Bring a brief synopsis and five...
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David Corbett
David Corbett

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: TRAVEL MEMOIR
Travel Memoir — Your Journey is the Story

Hello fellow journeyers! Let’s get those transformative travel stories out of your heart and on to the page. During our half hour consult we will define the heart of your story and work to tighten and enhance your storytelling. We’ll look at diction, detail, imagery and structure to help you...
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Susan Pohlman
Susan Pohlman

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: FICTION
And Then What? And Then What?

“And then what?” These are the words that every writer hopes to elicit from their readers. These are the words that indicate your novel/story/nonfiction piece is moving swiftly, is a page-turner. Please submit five (5) pages of your manuscript and together we can see if it’s moving along, and if...
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Melissa Clark
Melissa Clark

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: FICTION/NONFICTION
Getting Started: Plot, Characters, Backstory in Fiction and Nonfiction

As a novelist and essayist, screenwriter and playwright, professional editor and writing instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, I have years of experience in both fiction and nonfiction. Working with you, we’ll look at how best to develop your idea. Are you writing a memoir or a novel? An...
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Victoria Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim