What really is the Young Author Coaching? In any sport activity, there is a coach. This coach is the one to en‐ courage, answer questions, give tips, create warm-ups, guide the team to focus, support their diﬃculties, nourish the athletes and improve their skills, facilitate performance, revive mind and make them succeeding.
Becoming a Young Author without coaching is like running without knowing where the ﬁnishing line is. The Creative Writing Coach provides everything needed to assist and support the Young Author.
But beyond these basic requests, he stimulates the imaginary which at its turn, will let ﬂow a world of ideas. No matter the age. No matter the topic. No matter the genre. Period.
Do you have great ideas? Does it happen that ideas are emerging and ﬂowing easily from your mind that you don’t even have time to write them down? Do you say to everyone that the book you are going to write one day will be great?
Having great ideas is one side of the writing. However, the art of storytelling is not only related to having great ideas, but about what you do with them. How do you link them, how do you build your suspense, how do
you treat emotions, how do you hook the reader with an amazing opening, and how do you leave the reader at the end of your story. Does he want to keep going the story? Does she dream about what you told? Do they wish to live a similar journey? Do you stimulate their own imagination?
Young Author Coaching is far than being academic and traditional lessons. There is no homework and no « memorizing » rules. We talk about workshop, and like any workshop, the Young Author works, meaning writes! The learning curve starts from the Art of Storytelling to applying grammatical tips, intelligently
using tenses, enriching vocabulary, using dictionaries, managing the information and surﬁng wisely on Internet to improve facts, Geography, History, Science, Anatomy, Biology, anything related to the story. However, writing is a commitment with yourself, it is a promise to go as far as the two words « The End ». To write, you have to dive in your mind, reaching your soul; connect with your heart, letting speaking your emotions. Describing, narrating, making your characters tell who they really are, how they feel, what they think. Only then, your story takes a deep breath and becomes alive.
Every workshop explores the creative aspects of writing, the aims, the ideas needed to build a great story. We emphasize details and raise the reader’s intelligence and interests.
We were talking about a coach. I am this coach. Every day I work with students making their books. I have to adapt myself to their genre and wording. Until now, 16th February 2019, more than 150,000 words have been written in 25 novellas, and still counting! Who said students are not productive and not imaginative?
Once in the process, I revise, advise, correct the content/grammar/spelling or agreement, explain rules of writing like dialogues, as well as the hows and the whys. The course in itself depends of the student’s speed. Together, we focus on as making the best writing the student can produce. I encourage, I motivate, I give ideas and possibilities, I even write sometimes if the student is stuck, and show how to not get stuck.
What you get:
*An original process that became « bulletproof » to get ideas, make the structure and start the writing as quick as possible without procrastination;
*A personalized tutoring entirely dedicated to the student writing and his/her topic;
*A hard copy of the written production (booklet with full color cover and back pages/black printed content);
*An original cover page, with rights, designed by the student (with help) and ﬁnalized by the coach in Photoshop;
*A short biography with the student’s photo (touch-ups made by the coach)
*A personalized webpage with the book available freely in pdf format.
This is an unforgettable experience and 90% of my students come back and write their second, third, fourth, and counting, books, adding more words to their new book.
More they have, happier they are! But to know how effective is this way, take a look on the next pages and see what other students have done.