“But the imagination knows all stories before they are told”
~ William Carlos Williams
The thing that nourishes poetry is not an ocean; it’s a very small mountain stream. ~Derek Walcott
WORDS ARE MATTER. MAKE THEM MATTER.
My mission is to inspire people to discover and nurture their passions and realize the joy and potency of creative expression. I bring immense energy, experience, and focus to this effort and use an assets-based approach to guide my work.
I help both enthusiastic and reluctant writers find their unique voices across a variety of genres by channeling their interests, capabilities, and experiences to stimulate exploration and fluid expression. Blending alchemy, invention, craft, and artistry, we fire up our imaginations to fuel our creative pilgrimage.
Every writer’s orientation and process is unique. As I get to know clients on a deep level, I probe and gently stretch their horizons of interpretation and possibility. I neither prescribe nor subscribe to a one-size-fits-all regimen – my approach is thoroughly individualized and nimble.
Drawing upon my skills as a developmental editor, I ask leading questions to spur character development, shape plotlines, crystallize angles of inquiry, and infuse your writing with the spirit of anticipation and discovery. I discuss and highlight conventional elements of literary craft and its intangibles, like confidence of voice and balance between exposition and revelation.
I steer writers toward creative flow in a gentle and gradual manner and customize my approach to align with each person’s abilities and apprehensions. To help less confident clients thrive, I demystify and break down the writing process with fun pre-writing discussion, exercises, and activities that flex and focus interpretive lenses. After pursuing these scenic byways, we return to the page together to activate and reflect awakened senses and fresh perspectives.
Writing is an exchange between impulsivity and deliberation, between flashes of insight and the layers of craft and revision. It is both art and craft: a balancing act that requires resolve, patience, and a healthy dose of alchemy. The dynamic exchange between inspiration, composition, and revision fuels creative experimentation and guides our collaboration. Throughout this process, I remain open: to your voice and to the premise of your work.
I assist adults and young adults with discrete projects and assignments, whether for pleasure or academic achievement, and attend to people at all stages of their journey. I am skilled in providing guidance to those preparing for the AP exams in English Language and Literature and European and U.S. history, the SAT and ACT, and college application essays.
I meet my clients where they are and help take them where they want to be. I excel at setting attainable goals, providing constructive feedback, and serving as a sounding board to cultivate, clarify, organize, and refine ideas. Together, we build creative confidence and momentum.
Throughout, I encourage writers to explore their world with keen sensory awareness, an open heart, and a firm belief in the value of their vision.
Zoom, phone, in-person…all are possibilities!
RATE: $125 / hour: If this rate is prohibitive, please get in touch. I try my best to support the creative growth of those who lack the resources or opportunity to seek this assistance.
Please contact Rachel directly for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty-four hour advance notice is required for all cancellations. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be billed at the full session fee.
“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time”
~ Andre Gide
© Rachel Rosekind, PhD, MLIS