First-Draft Incubator 2.0

Is it time to finish that book?

Finish your book in 2019.

First Drafts Completed by Members in 2018: 11

The First-Draft Incubator is a holistic and immersive program organized to support you while you finish your book.

This program combines ongoing group and private coaching and is our least expensive book coaching program.

Group Coaching

We meet online twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month via live video conference. The online sessions last two hours. Some of the online meetings are motivational and group coaching in nature, some are educational where I teach a specific aspect of scene writing, and sometimes we even have guest speakers! Past guest speakers have included literary magazine editors, book scouts, book editors, and published writers.

Private Coaching

Writers in the First-Draft Incubator receive two hours of private coaching per week, that includes feedback on the scenes and your outline to help you write up to ten pages (properly formatted) to help you write better scenes. 


Writing a book is hard

This support group for writers gives you the ongoing and loving support of a book coach, the support of fellow writers who are also finishing their books, accountability, and access to a coach who has helped many writers overcome blocks, maintain momentum, and complete their books.

Join if you want to:

  • Set reasonable, sustainable goals
  • Finish your book
  • Have ongoing accountability
  • Have someone to call when you’re feeling blocked or unproductive
  • Find solutions to blocks and stalls
  • Have access to ongoing creative support
  • Learn new tools for outlining, writing scenes, character development, structure, and more
  • Get help from a Professional Writing Coach who’s helped many writers complete their books
  • Have access to and develop tight bonds with a group of writers who share your goals and have similar struggles
  • Get priority access and discounts to workshops and retreats
  • Get discounts on additional private coaching
  • Be more productive in 2019

Program Details

  • 2 hours/month private coaching
    • Get weekly 30-minute meetings that include editing up to 10 pages per meeting
  • Two Monthly Online Meetings:
      • We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday via online video conference every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PST
  • Discount on Private Coaching
    • Get a 10% discount on Private Coaching if you want more intensive assistance.
  • Workshop Discounts
    • 20% off Workshops, Retreats, and Online Writing Challenges

Best of all, there is no commitment. You can cancel your monthly subscription at any time.


“I had taken every writing class I could find both online and in-person for over three years, yet I was still floundering around with an unwritten novel in my head. Frustrated and skeptical, I went to yet another class and met Nicole Criona –  and everything changed. First Draft Incubator was different. And her one-one-one personal attention was just what I needed. With her kindness and gentle encouragement, before I knew it I had an outline. She was so generous with her ideas and so sure of my ability and our way forward that I believed her. And it worked. Three months later, I had sixty written pages with a clear idea of where I was going. Every week, she helped me hurdle stumbling blocks and climb out of writing bogs that threatened to stop me in my tracks. Now, here I am, sixteen months later with a finished first draft. It is the single biggest personal accomplishment of my life and she is the reason I got here. The joy is real! I cannot thank her enough. Nicole, you were the flashlight in my darkest forest. We did it!!”

Carrie T. – Fledgling Author, soon to be hopefully be published.

If you’re in the middle of writing a book and you feel like there’s no end in sight, this is the workshop for you. I joined the bi-weekly First Draft Incubator three months ago (after completing the introductory 6-week FDI course), and now I’m on the verge of finishing the first draft of a novel. The beauty of this bi-weekly online workshop is that it takes a lot of the loneliness out of the writing process, allowing participants to discuss the challenges they’re facing, and to offer support, solutions, and encouragement to each other in a completely relaxed, nurturing, and non-judgmental environment. There are added benefits, too, such as a book club, private time with the instructor, and occasional special guest speakers! The FDI incubator 2.0 is part writer’s circle, part book club, part therapy session. I leave every meeting feeling hopeful, refreshed, empowered, and more prepared to move confidently forward with my project. So will you.

-Katlyn M.

Who Can Participate

Novel writers, memoir writers, or nonfiction writers, who have a project in mind and are ready to finish their book.

How to Learn More

Want more information? Schedule a free 30-minute meeting with me, and I’ll tell you all about it and answer all your questions or simply sign up now!

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First-Draft Incubator
Non-Coaching Client: $255.00 USD / month
Existing or Former Coaching Client : $195.00 USD / month
Online Group Meetings Only: $125.00 / month

First-Draft Incubator

About the Coach

Nicole Criona

Nicole Criona, a native Angeleno, is the current owner and co-founder of Los Angeles Writers Group (founded in 2003). She specializes in Developmental Editing and coaching fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters who want to complete their first draft and has helped many writers finish first drafts.

For more than fifteen 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, leads several writing workshops, coaches writers all over the world.

Nicole’s writing credits include poetry and fiction on (Sanity is a One-Trick Pony issue),, Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine, among others. She is currently working on a novel, essays, and a non-fiction book. Read Nicole’s most recently published poem, Advice to an Angel About to Fall. She is also a freelance writer.