Creative Writing Coach

First-Draft Coaching

A little support goes a long way.

Number of clients who’ve completed drafts: 15

Every writer struggles, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Working with a creative writing coach can help you get past blocks, be more productive, and proceed with confidence. Many writers who stop writing aren’t acutely aware of why they stopped. A writing coach can help you discover the reason and help you move forward.

With a writing coach, you can:

  1. Start writing again
  2. Learn to set reasonable, workable goals
  3. Learn which tools of the craft you’re missing such as structure, elements of scene writing, character arc/development, etc.
  4. Be accountable to those goals
  5. Conquer creative blocks
  6. Understand why you feel your writing isn’t working
  7. Learn to move past fears
  8. Get unstuck
  9. Receive help with structure and character arc as it pertains to your project
  10. Improve your scene-writing skills
  11. Gain confidence
  12. Cope with anxieties surrounding your writing
  13. Learn ways to deal with your inner critic

Book a free discovery session so we can find out if we’ll be a good fit for each other. We can work together in person or online.

When you finish your first draft, I send you off with a Rewrite Plan. I can support you through this process as well if you wish. Once you finish your rewrites, I refer you to an editor who has relationships with agents for final edits.

Testimonials

2/22/17 – This is the best writing organization you will find!! I’m from Michigan and contacted Nicole about private coaching in 2015. Our first meeting/consultation was incredible. I felt like we had been friends in a past life. Nicole is genuine and is truly an expert in the craft.

We met via “Zoom” during our sessions, and she allowed me enough time to finish my edits and set up a meeting when I was ready. In terms of experience, she meets you where you are. She listens and edits carefully to fully understand what you need to do in order to move forward. In the sessions, we had a dialogue. She was not preaching to me or lecturing. Her unique ability to explain and teach helped me retain the information she gave me.

I was self-taught until I met Nicole. She helped transform my writing in ways I cannot describe. I am proud to say that in 2016 I published a chapter Nicole helped me edit from my upcoming novel for an impromptu reading. The feedback I received from the audience was magical. Word has spread, and friends are still asking for copies.

As writers, it is up to us to put our best foot forward and own our craft. Nicole helped me find that confidence and own it. Not only does she teach, she believes in you. And to me, that is greater than any lesson someone can offer.

I would recommend LA Writers Group to any writer serious about the art. (I brag about the organization every chance I get)

– Nicole S.

3/22/16 – Since I began working with Nicole, she’s provided valuable coaching and feedback every time we’ve met. I came to Nicole with a few ideas scrawled into a Moleskine notebook, and six months later, I proudly printed out the first draft of my 400-page manuscript. With her guidance, I’ve been able to propel my story, characters, and prose to a level I could not have achieved on my own. I cannot recommend working with her highly enough!

– Christian U.

9/21/16 – Nicole understands that working with writers doesn’t just involve talking about their project.  She has the rare and brilliant skill of sensing what is really at the root of slowing a writer down and is more than willing to get into the messy and seemingly “unrelated” discussions that surround every writer’s process.  Working with her for these past three months has enabled me to minimize the confusion and frustration that always arises in the writing process and get back to making progress on my book faster.  Instead of spending days of energy in emotional defeat, I spend an hour on the phone with Nicole and find my way back to the work at hand before evening time.  She is a miracle worker, and her diagnostic skills are up there with rocket scientists.  I’m not exaggerating.  She’s brilliant. Few people in the world have as much passion and grace when it comes to teaching the craft of writing. She also has an awe-inspiring ability to work with a widely diverse range of writers and personalities. Working with Nicole was the best investment in myself and my writing aspirations I could make.

-Jess H.

Your future won’t change until you make a change right now.

Take the first step today.

Date Coach Cost   Instructions
Free Consultation
See if we are right for each other. Ask about my discounted packages for multiple sessions.
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60-Minute Session
For overcoming blocks, creative brainstorming, accountability/motivation, etc. No advanced reading of pages reading or live edit of pages only. If you would like pages read and critiqued please schedule a free consultation instead.
Nicole Criona $150

Add to cart, check out, then look for your confirmation email (check in spam) from lawritersgroup@gmail.com. That email will have the link to schedule your appointment. If you cannot find it, schedule your appointment here.
90-Minute Session
For overcoming blocks, creative brainstorming, accountability/motivation, etc. No advanced reading of pages reading or live edit of pages only. If you would like pages read and critiqued please schedule a free consultation instead
Nicole Criona $225

Add to cart, check out, then look for your confirmation email (check in spam) from lawritersgroup@gmail.com. That email will have the link to schedule your appointment. If you cannot find it, schedule your appointment here.
Existing Clients

About the Coach

Nicole CrionaNicole Criona is a First Draft Coach, working exclusively with writers who want help completing the first draft of a project such as novels, memoir, non-fiction career-related book, a collection of short stories or a screenplay.

Nicole Criona is the current owner and co-founder of Los Angeles Writers Group (www.lawritersgroup.com) and is a native Angeleno. For more than twelve years, she’s facilitated creative writing workshops and supported aspiring writers working on novels, screenplays, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs. She also runs the day-to-day operations of LAwritersgroup.com, leads several writing workshops, and specializes in coaching writers who want to complete their first draft.

As Director of Operations and Development at a prominent screenwriting school, she supported and guided emerging screenwriters and developed her own writing. After managing several medium-sized independent businesses, and working as an Assistant at George Carlin’s company, she decided to learn production, and produced three short films. THE SHOOTING was her first producing project; it screened at the Austin Film Festival, IFFM in New York, Cleremont-Ferrand in France, and the Taos Talking Pictures Festival. She went on to produce DEATH STORIES #3: THE LAST IMPRESSION, and MONSTERS! MONSTERS!  MONSTERS! She was both Assistant to the Director and Key Research on MICHAEL & ME, a documentary released in 2005. She also wrote a popular blog. According to blogpulse.com, for a single lovely day in December 2005, her blog was the 15th most popular blog in the world for a post about Craigslist. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has written articles for IG Living Magazine. She has most recently had stories published on Hissquarterly.com (Sanity is a One-Trick Pony issue), Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine. She is currently working on a novel. Read Nicole’s most recently published poem, Advice to an Angel About to Fall.