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Writing Coach


 What can I do for you?

I know what it's like to work hard for something and overcome obstacles to your dreams. I know what it's like to not have things handed to you. I know what it's like to watch the other guy get ahead when you don't. I take these personal experiences and use them to relate to you with compassion and care. I have many achieved goals in spite of challenges, and I can help you do the same, because I understand what it's like to be there. I help students Stop Striving and Start Writing!

 
Your Coach Rachel Leroy

With fifteen years experience as an Assistant Professor in English, writing, and composition at Georgia Southern and Southern New Hampshire, I have experience teaching writing and composition, creative writing, critical thinking and logic, online learning, research methods, first year college experience, English as a Second Language, conversation and presentation skills, creative writing, student-centered learning, editing, grammar, and literature. 

 

 

Who I Coach

International Professionals/ESL

If you're an international professional who struggles or feels embarrassed with gaps in your English writing, speaking, listening, or reading skills, I can help you develop more experience and confidence in your communication and fill in those gaps in the process. Over time, you'll gain more proficiency and confidence writing in English interacting with English speaking colleagues in professional and social settings.

High School Students

If your son or daughter is heading to college in the next two years and he or she struggles with academic writing--coming up with ideas, using examples, doing research, creating clarity, and editing grammar and formatting--I can help him or her gain confidence, experience, and understanding of academic writing, so they'll be prepared for English courses and excel at college writing. 

College Students

If you're a college student who struggles with writing, I understand how scary it can be to look at a blank page with a deadline looming. Not sure where to start? Stuck in the middle of a project? Need someone to edit your final piece? I can help you brainstorm ideas, draft paragraphs, organize your thoughts clearly, research your topic, document your sources, and edit your work for clarity and cohesion. 

International Students

If you're an international student writing papers in English, it's difficult to express ideas effectively in English. Do you have trouble finding the right words, spotting every grammar issue that might be challenging you (such as articles, prepositions, and verb tenses), and feeling confident about the clarity of your ideas? I can help you through the writing process either by coaching you through your project and giving feedback, or by looking over your final product and making corrections. 

Academic Writers

If you're a graduate student or academic working on an academic project, it's easy to get bogged down in the process, look over your work so much it no longer makes sense, and want to give up altogether. The thesis, term paper, or article sits in a drawer for months, looming in the back of your mind. I've been there, having completed two graduate programs and one graduate thesis. I can help you get unstuck, create clarity in your message, and document and edit your work with precision. 

Beginning Creative Writers

Creating something out of thin air from your mind to the page can be scary. It feels like you're looking over the edge of a cliff about to jump, or perhaps you feel like your work is crap. I've been there, and know how icky is feels to hate your own writing, or worse, hate yourself for not writing when it's your dream. With an MFA in creative writing, published works, and experience teaching beginning creative writing, I can help you get "unstuck," brainstorm ideas, refine your project, and creating a finished project ready for publication.

Bloggers and Book Writers

Coming up with material for a book or blog can be challenging. Am I getting my message to my audience? Am I addressing them based on my goals? Have I stated all my ideas effectively? Have I established credibility in my writing style? Will my message achieve its goal and convince my audience or sell my product? As your coach, I will help you answer "yes!" to all these questions and create a killer blog or book at any or all stages in your writing process. 


Writers in the Workplace

If you've had colleagues criticize your writing or lost a job to someone else because of poor writing in a resume or cover letter, I know what the sting of disappointment feels like. I can help you in one of two ways, either coach you in workplace and business writing or help you revise a killer workplace project. Whether you need help with resumes, cover letters, emails, business letters, projects, or reports, I can help you create writing that will catch a colleague's, interviewer's, or client's eye. 

Don't Fit Any of These Descriptions?

That's okay! Fill in the message form, and we'll set up a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your needs. We can customize a plan that works for you. 

 

What We Offer--Services and Rates

Regardless of your writing goals, I have the expertise to help you stand out above the crowd. I know what it's like to learn things when they don't come naturally to you. From my professional experience and understanding of challenges, I relate to you with understanding and care. I have many achieved goals in spite of challenges, and I can help you do the same, because I understand what it's like to be there. My style is professional, flexible, and compassionate.

Who This Service Is For:

college students, high school students, international students, academic writers, aspiring students and academics

What This Service Provides:

You'll send me your writing piece ahead of time, I'll look over it and provide detailed comments with explanations, and I'll coach you on improving your academic piece for grammar, structure, clarity, formatting, organization, and overall impact. Additionally, we can go over one piece, or I can coach you over several sessions on multiple pieces. Additionally, I can coach you on academic writing through a customized sequence of writing pieces I've designed to help students who want academic writing in a variety of genres. 

 

Prices and Bundling:

 

$60 per single coaching sessions are 45 minutes, and this price includes me looking over a piece up to 1000 words, giving feedback and explanations, and going over the revision suggestions with you in a thorough coaching session. 

 

Add-on $5.00 per extra 250 words above approximately 1000 words. 

  

$250 for five 45-minute coaching sessions with paper evaluation and comments

$500 for ten 45-minute coaching sessions with paper evaluation and comments

Who This Service Is For:

international professionals, students, and English as a Second (Third, or Fourth) Language individuals, any English learner who is intermediate or advanced in English

What This Service Provides:

I can help you become more confident and fluent in your English language communication so you can improve in interactions with colleagues, clients, and friends to give you an edge. I can also help those who want to learn better English for personal enrichment. English language coaching includes a variety of coaching activities customized to your concerns, preferences, and aptitude. We can do a combination of activities during sessions. The style is professional, customized, and laid back. We can do a combination of conversation, listening, speaking, reading articles, grammar exercises and lessons, and writing activities and coaching. In any session, we may do two or three of these activities to help you target different areas of your English language skills. I also coach students on TOEFL writing, reading, listening, and speaking. I specialize in conversation and writing coaching, and can help with any language needs. 

 

Prices and Bundling

$50 for a single 45-
minutes session that might include conversation, article reading, listening, speaking, grammar lessons and exercises, and other activities to improve your  

 

Add-on $10.00 to review a writing piece of approximately 1000 words

Add-on $5 for each additional 250 words for writing piece review

  

$250 for five 45-minute coaching sessions with paper various activities excluding writing coaching

$500 for ten 45-minute coaching sessions with various activities excluding writing coaching

Who This Service Is For:

professionals, bloggers, book writers, writers in the workplace, international professionals whose second or third language is English 

What This Service Provides:

You'll send me your writing piece ahead of time, I'll look over it and provide detailed comments with explanations, and I'll coach you on improving your piece for grammar, structure, clarity, formatting, organization, and overall impact. For books and blogs, audience, impact, and tone will be taken into consideration as well. For workplace and business writing pieces such as emails, reports, presentations, cover letters, and other documents, I'll focus on the overall goals of the document. Additionally, we can go over one piece, or I can coach you over several sessions on multiple pieces. I can coach you on workplace and creative writing through a sequence of sessions on different documents you have or several sessions on one longer document. 

 

Prices and Bundling:

 

$60 per single coaching sessions are 45 minutes, and this price includes me looking over a piece up to 1200 words, giving feedback and explanations, and going over the revision suggestions with you in a thorough coaching session. 

 

Add-on $5.00 per extra 250 words above approximately 1000 words. 

  

$250 for five 45-minute coaching sessions with document evaluation and comments

$500 for ten 45-minute coaching sessions with document evaluation and comments

Not interested in coaching, but still want feedback on your work? No problem! If you want feedback, revision, and corrections on any kind of document including ESL writing, academic papers and assignments, blogs, books, speeches, cover letters, emails, presentations, letters, or other documents, Please fill out the form and I'll get back to you so we can work out a customized plan for editing. 

Who This Service Is For

 

academic writers, ESL students and professionals, bloggers, novelists and nonfiction writers, creative writers, workplace and business writers, job applicants

What This Service Provides

Proofreading: Doing a quick look-over for edits on the final product
 

Copyediting: Checking for errors, inconsistencies, and repetition--both grammar and content
 

Developmental Editing: Doing an overhaul (if necessary) on logic, main idea, organization, and effect, in addition to grammar and structure

We'll set up a customized strategy and price based on your project, your goals, and the level of attention your project needs. Proofreading is the least involved, and developmental editing is the most involved, and so prices will vary accordingly. 

Don't fit any of these categories but still want coaching or help? No problem! Please fill out the message form and I'll respond to you soon! We can customize a plan that will work for your needs. Regardless of your needs, we'll start with a free 20 minute to see if we're a good fit, so setting up a consultation is no risk to you. 

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