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A writing coach. A writing teacher.
A mentor. An editor. A proofreader.
An ally.

If you're already at this site, you probably have something that needs to be written ... and you're having a hard time starting it/doing it/finishing it.

You're not alone. Even the most successful writers have struggled with the written word ("I love being a writer; what I can't stand is the paperwork"--Peter De Vries, novelist).

Any kind of writing--for yourself and your family, for your job, for school, for editors and publishers--can be challenging. Most people remember how gratified they were as students when they finally completed some tough writing assignments that had sucked all the happiness out of their lives for awhile. It felt like those projects would never end, and there was joyous relief when they finally did.

When it comes to writing, wouldn't it be great to have someone do the heavy lifting for you? Your work projects get done, your (or your child's) school assignments get turned in, your creative ideas take flight ...

A credentialed teacher, a published author, and a long-time magazine editor, Chris has already helped hundreds of people solve their writing problems and complete their writing projects. People, problems, and projects like these: 

  • students in middle schools laboring over their assigned essays
  • valedictorians in high schools racing to finish their graduation speeches
  • travel writers needing last-minute rewrites to meet their imminent magazine deadlines
  • thoughtful residents at the local retirement home hoping to get their memoirs onto paper or into a computer
  • a self-help guru seeking some creative editing on her new book
  • a school asking for an employee handbook and emergency manual, both to be finished by the upcoming board meeting 
  • a celebrity looking for a confidential ghost-writer and researcher for her autobiography
  • a publishing company needing to generate dozens of pages of friendly but informative text for its Web site
  • a math teacher trying to write a mission statement and promotional materials for her start-up tutoring business
  • a lawyer wanting a quick proofread of arbitration and mediation briefs
  • a novice creative writer finishing her first short stories and trying to get them formatted for posting on her own Web site so her extended family could read them

Usually working one-on-one in Marin County (but also online, in workshops, and in classrooms), Chris brings decades of writing, publishing, and teaching experience to the aid of struggling writers.

Please click the links at left to learn more about writerguider.com.

Use the link in the right-hand corner at the very top of the page to send an e-mail. As always, all requests and projects are kept totally confidential.

Thanks for visiting and for reading all the way to the bottom ...

GUIDER:
also spelled gyder, gydder, guyder in the Oxford English Dictionary. "One who guides ... leads, or points the way." Used by Shakespeare (Coriolanus); see Chaucer for the female form,  "guidresse."


"We all need someone higher, wiser, older to tell us we're not crazy after all, that what we're doing is all right."
Ray Bradbury


"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
Albert Einstein


"The schools ain't what they used to be and never was."
Will Rogers

"The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly."
Bernard Malamud