Merilyn Simonds
Merilyn Simonds, the Book Coach

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.   Merilyn Simonds | The Book Coach   .

In 35 years of writing, I’ve made just about all the mistakes a writer can make, and I’ve learned how to fix them by working with some of the best editors in Canadian publishing. I find it exciting to share what I’ve learned with other writers, to coach them as they work towards publication.

For the past 15 years, I have mentored a limited number of writers. Most of the writers I’ve worked with have had their work published. Here’s what some of them have to say about my process. Working with an editor is intimate, intensive, and expensive, so it is important to choose wisely. This Blog can help you make the best choice for you.

At the end of 2017, I will be winding down my mentoring work in order to concentrate on my own writing. I will miss this act of sharing and so I have decided to produce a series of podcasts on the issues that new writers most commonly face. Watch for these in late fall 2017.

I will continue to work with selected writers face-to-face at my one-week intensive Book Coach Retreat in San Miguel de Allende – writing casita included! Applications are now open for December 2017 and January 2018.

.   Workshops   .

I often lead workshops at festivals in Canada and Mexico. Check here for past and future topics.

List of Workshops

.   2018   .

February 14-18, 2017
Playing in the Sandbox of the Sentence: Grammar for Writers (3 hours)
Escape from the Slavery of WORD
: Introduction to Scrivener Software for Serious Writers (90 mins)
San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
sanmiguelwritersconference.org

September 29, 2018
Writing the First Page
www.kingstonwritersfest.ca

.   2017   .

February 18-20, 2017
Playing in the Sandbox of the Sentence: Grammar for Writers
Escape from the Slavery of WORD
: Introduction to Scrivener Software for Serious Writers
San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
sanmiguelwritersconference.org

September 28, 2017
Writing the First Page
www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/event/21-writing-the-first-page/

.   2016   .

June 2-5, 2016
Excuse me, Your Research is Showing
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story
Wingham, Ontario
alicemunrofestival.ca

July 18-28, 2016
Daredevil Draft Emerging Writers Workshop
Sage Hill Writing Experience
sagehillwriting.ca

.   2015   .

February 11-12, 2015
Writing by Ear
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
sanmiguelwritersconference.org

June 5-7, 2015
“Writing VERY short (Flash Fiction)”
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story
Wingham, Ontario
alicemunrofestival.ca

July 20-30, 2015
Daredevil Draft Emerging Writers Workshop
Sage Hill Writing Experience
sagehillwriting.ca

October 16-18, 2015
How to Write & Pitch the Killer Proposal
Writing by Ear: Developing Voice
Writing What You Know: Cruising the Fact-Fiction Continuum
Whistler Readers & Writers Festival
Whistler, BC
whistlerwritersfest.com

.   2014   .

July 21-31, 2014
Daredevil Draft Emerging Writers Workshop
Sage Hill Writing Experience
sagehillwriting.ca

September 27-28, 2014
Writing a Killer Book Proposal
Kingston WritersFest
Kingston, ON
kingstonwritersfest.ca

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Writing the Past–Yours & the World’s
StoryFest
Hudson, Quebec
greenwood-centre-hudson.org/storyfest.html

.   2012   .

April 14-22, 2012
Writing With Style: Creative Nonfiction Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta

October 27, 2012
Grammar for Writers: All-day Workshop Canadian Authors Association Edmonton, Alberta

October 29-31, 2012
Visiting Fellow University of Saskatchewan, Creative Writing Dept. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

November 3, 2012
Workshop: Writing from Life Wild Writers Festival Waterloo, ON

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SEE ALSO:

    Week-long Book Coach Retreat in Mexico
    Writers on Working with Merilyn