one-to-one sessions

 For individuals who prefer to work intensively with a writing coach. Designed for writers on a tight schedule who may not have time or interest in a workshop or classes, or who desire editing on a larger number of pages at one time. Convenient for writers who wish to continue working while traveling. Scheduling and location tailored to the individual writer. San Francisco Bay Area and beyond via in-person, email, skype, phone or any combination.

Mary Rakow showing a student how to write

Genius is not a strong enough word for her talents as writer and mentor…. She makes us do things we think we can’t…. and gets writers to their own truth, their original, idiosyncratic thinking.  And, of course, there is the line, word by word, the liturgy of the line.  She makes it holy.
Julianne Ortale, author of How Sin is Unsaid, Dialogues and a Story.

New Offering:  Memoir Writing  

Helping writers create a beautiful life story, a gift for oneself or for loved ones. 5 private sessions to establish the main parts of the memoir, with writing homework to fill in the structure at home. Review of the at-home writing at each session.

$150 per hour or 5 Individual In-Person Sessions 1 hour each, $500.  Meeting in your home for additional fee of $50 per session. (Payment options and sliding scale available if needed.)

 

Prose Writing (fiction, story, essay, article) for publication or self-publication

For writers on a tight schedule or traveling. Scheduling, frequency and location determined by the writer.  Some students choose to meet twice a week, others once a month. Individually tailored and flexible. For distance writers or local writers while traveling, email, skype and telephone conferencing is available.

$150 per hour or 5 Individual In-Person Sessions 1 hour each, $500.  Meeting in your home for additional fee of $50 per session. (Payment options and sliding scale available if needed.)

My Tuesdays with Mary let me dig deeper and write more honestly… and perhaps become more humane, more compassionate, even in the real world.
Madeleine G.