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Writing Mentorship Program

Memoir & Nonfiction Writing Coaching

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Write Your Memoir in Six Months

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• Avoid the typical pitfalls that hold new memoirists back so your story moves, motivates, and inspires your readers.

• Get clear on your vision, theme, and structure so your book finds its audience and sells books.

• Become a powerful storyteller and embody your strong, authentic author voice.

• Avoid the problem of emotional flatness and write with depth, embodied emotion, and heart. 

• Understand and serve your reader so your book sells and you have more impact on the world.

• Become organized and self-accountable to finish your book and write The End.

• Achieve your goals of more income and opportunities to impact the world.

Here I am signing my memoir in Austin, Texas.

Are you a business visionary, thought leader, therapist, or spiritual teacher who’s longed to write a memoir or nonfiction book?

Or perhaps you are an everyday human who aspires to tell your story and share the wisdom you’ve learned about how you overcame adversity and learned how to live a good life.

Are you an aspiring author who wants to share your gold/wisdom with the world?

If you’re reading this page, I suspect you’ve tried to write your book. I imagine you began to get words on the page and even made a heroic effort to finally do it. But then you stopped halfway or perhaps just a few pages in.


Because you realized you didn’t know what you were doing. You understood that you needed more tools and knowledge about the craft of writing.

Or maybe you had a crisis of faith in yourself and stopped. Self-doubt won the day.

I understand how you feel.

I’ve been a professional editor and writer at the highest levels of publishing for 30 years. I’ve edited countless memoirs and nonfiction books and written hundreds of articles. I was one of the few who made a living as a writer.
 But I was haunted and felt unfulfilled because I hadn’t written the memoir I longed to write. For a decade, I tried to tell my life story about how I overcame PTSD and addiction and learned to live and thrive again. But I fell short of my dream. I failed despite my intimate knowledge of the craft of writing.

It’s true. I tried five or six times. I wrote hundreds of pages that amounted to nothingAnd then, while meditating before my daily writing session one morning, something clicked. I literally heard and felt a click, like when you hear the tumblers of a lock click into place. I grabbed a piece of paper and pen and wrote these two words: stories and courage. 

I realized that I had been making things too complicated. I realized that a memoir comes down to two things: 1) telling powerful stories and 2) having the courage to be vulnerable with emotions and sharing deeply from the heart.

 Writing a memoir is about telling great stories about how you were transformed by life and then building a bridge to your readers’ hearts by sharing with radical emotional honesty.

The great wisdom teachers like the Buddha and Jesus knew this. The heart is where we are connected.

 I began telling straightforward, powerful stories, followed by passages in which I wrote with radical emotional honesty…from deep in the heart.

I immediately sat my butt in the chair and began to write again. And this time, it poured out of me.

 I wrote my 320-page book in six months–and then I sold it to a major publisher.

My memoir, Into the Soul of the World: My Journey to Healing, was published last spring by the Hachette Book Group, a Big Five traditional publishers.

The day my book was released to the world, I realized I had stumbled on a powerful method that I could teach others. And they could finally write their memoir.

I combined all of my writing experience and knowledge–thirty years of it–with the lessons I learned writing my memoir “from the heart.” My goal was singular: help others achieve their dream of writing a memoir or nonfiction teaching book.

 Eventually, I developed my Write Your Memoir in Six Months Mentorship Program.

This powerful program will teach you to write from radical emotional honesty and vulnerability and connect with others through the heart. It also teaches you:

-how to figure out what your book is really about.

-how to structure your book

-how to become a master storyteller

-how to pivot on your stories and share your hard-won ‘heart-ful” wisdom

-how to reflect and share the lessons you learned from your past

-how to expand and contract time to write powerful “you are there” scenes

-how to keep going when you lose faith when you arrive at your book’s messy middle.

-how to turn yourself into a coherent character while maintaining honesty

-how to not be pushed around by your memories.

-how to write the all-important “all is lost” section of your book
how to write with suspense so your reader gets to the end.
-and more.

You can do this. We can do it together. We really should do this together.


Because not writing your book would be too painful to grasp.

Never telling your life story or sharing your hard-earned wisdom would leave you feeling unfulfilled and haunted, like I did before I wrote my book.

Not becoming the public speaker, consultant, or coach you aspire to become and not impacting the world would feel too painful.

The world needs your story. Your story can help heal the world.
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Six-Month That Can Change Your Writing Life

My clients include NYT bestselling authors, renowned journalists, CEOs, entrepreneurs, Ivy League academics, psychotherapists, life coaches, professional athletes, mountaineers, adventurers, spiritual teachers, and thought leaders.

The bottom line: my six-month Writing Mentorship Program helps people tell the most powerful story possible, experience personal or spiritual transformation, share their story with others, and finally achieve their personal and professional goals.

Writing Mentorship Process

All nonfiction books are answers to specific problems. I help you get clear about your book's main problem and how you propose to solve the problem. We’ll also establish the goals you want to achieve during our six months of working together. Do you want to complete your manuscript? Polish several chapters? Finish a substantive rewrite? Let’s nail it down.

We’ll make sure your book structure, direction, voice, and tone are working for you – and for your readers.

Keep writing! I’ll show you my time-tested secrets to making consistent progress. I’ll hold you accountable to the timetable you set for yourself. And I’ll help guide you through the inevitable dark nights of the soul when the going gets tough and doubt creeps in.

You’re halfway there. Let’s take stock of where you’ve been, where you currently are, and where you’re going. If course correction is needed, now’s the time to do it.

Keep writing! I’ll continue to offer useful, honest feedback on your writing. I share the positive—the ways you’re "killing it." And I’ll show you the areas where your writing needs improvement. I’ll always offer specific solutions that help you take your writing from good to great.

We’ll take stock of what you’ve achieved and where you’ll go from here. I’ll also offer guidance about publishing options—both traditional and self-publishing.

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My Writing Mentorship Program is a game-changer. We will work together to mine your memory for the crucial experiences and life lessons to share with the world. We will find the gold. Your story will inspire your readers — and in the process you will transform your own life.


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Frequently Asked Questions

A big yes! I know what it was like to be starting out as a new nonfiction writer. I remember pitching and writing our first magazine articles and journal articles. I remember pitching and writing our first books. I remember editing our first books, and seeing our clients become first-time published authors. We know the steps that must be taken, and the order they must be accomplished. I know the hurdles beginning writers must cross over, and we know the advice that will help writers cross over them. I help new writers pitch articles and books. We help writers develop solid reporting and writing skills and habits.  We help beginning writers create nonfiction book proposals that get noticed by agents, editors, and publishing houses. With my guidance, you will realize your dream of becoming a published nonfiction writer. 

Book writing coaching happens via phone or video conferencing. The focus is on helping the writer create the first draft of their book. In the early stages of coaching, the coach helps the author get clarity about the topic they are writing about and how to structure their book. Next the coach teaches the writer effective strategies and tactics for completing the book. These teachings include key information about the craft of book writing as well as strategies that will help the author build habits and make consistent progress on--and ultimately finish--their book. The third thing book writing coaches do is provide accountability for the author. They create writing goals and provide frequent check-ins so that the author has the support they need to write, finish, and publish her book. 

An editor's feedback is given on the page in the form of written comments and corrections

Affirmative! I served as  senior editor at major national magazines, and, later, I served as contributing writer for various national magazines. I understands the challenges that journalists face in telling important stories in limited space. I help journalists find the most compelling story and then show them how to increase conflict, suspense, and narrative momentum. My journalist clients get more assignments and make more income. 

Yes! I help writers who have a manuscript in two ways: manuscript reviews and developmental edits. In a manuscript review, an editor reads the full manuscript and writes a three- to five-page letter of critique. This letter addresses the manuscript's overall strengths and weaknesses, as well as helpful advice that might help the author find a publisher and/or reach her intended audience. The manuscript review does not include written comments in the margins of the manuscript. The critique letter addresses big-picture issues such as structure, character development, plot, narrative momentum, and story coherence. The letter also includes helpful advice for revising the manuscript.  A developmental edit is similar to a manuscript review in that it also addresses big-picture issues. However, the difference is in how the feedback is given. In a developmental edit, the editor writes comments in the margins rather than in a letter. 

What My Writing Mentorship Program Clients Have to Say

Mimi Hayes Author of "I'll Be OK, It's Just a Hole In My Head"

A few years ago I was referred to Brad when I started editing my memoir and I had no idea what I was doing. Brad took the mystery out of book writing and broke things down for me step by step and tailored his mentorship to my writing needs. He challenged me to get to the root of my emotions so that I could engage my readers authentically. He made me do the emotional work! He consistently asked me the right questions at the right time so that I could unclutter my narrative. It was like book therapy! I'm happy to tell you that Brad's work with me paid off! Just a few months into moving to New York City to option my book I picked up a book deal! If it weren't for Brad I would've been stuck on my storyline, unable to break my story free! Pick it up this fall and check for Brad's name in the acknowledgments! He's the real deal!

Scott Carney Author of "The Wedge" and "What Doesn't Kill Us"

I was in a tough spot before I found Brad Wetzler. I'd been working on a manuscript for a Big Five publisher for two years and rewritten the entire text two times over. It was the sequel to a New York Times bestseller I had put out a couple years prior. However, the editor assigned to me by my publisher couldn't offer me any useful advice for how to fix it. With deadlines looming, I needed to get the book done. So I called up Brad and over the course of a month he helped me work the kinks out. He could see the forest for the trees, and gave me actionable advice that turned the book around. I'd highly recommend Brad to anyone looking for a structural or developmental edit. I'll definitely be using him again
in the future.

Alicia Patterson Author of "The Secret to Female Vitality: Demystify Your Body, Boost Energy, and Gain Mental Clarity Through Pelvic Health"

Working with Brad has been a transformative experience as he has been the catalyst for turning a solid and potent idea (but lacking structure and cohesiveness) into a real live book proposal. His ability to bring focus to something expansive without losing the heart of the content is one of my biggest appreciations. Brad helped me add sophistication and availability to my writing without changing the intention and message of my ideas. He has helped me put a vision into grounded reality and for that gift I am eternally grateful.

Scott Carney Best-selling author of "The Wedge" and "What Doesn't Kill Us"

I was in a tough spot before I found Brad Wetzler. I'd been working on a manuscript for Penguin-Random House for two years and rewritten the entire text two times over. It was the sequel to a New York Times bestseller I had put out a couple years prior. With deadlines looming, I needed to get the book done. So I called up Brad and over the course of a month he helped me work the kinks out. He could see the forest for the trees, and gave me actionable advice that turned the book around. I'd highly recommend professional editor and writing coach Brad Wetzler to anyone looking for a structural or developmental edit. I'll definitely be using him again in the future.


A s my writing coach, Brad helped me find the heart of the story, connect it to the larger world, and improve my skills.


I urge you to hire Mr. Wetzler to be your writing coach. You will not regret it.


Brad's life experience gives him humility, wisdom, and a humanity that sets him apart from his competitors


Trust Brad Wetzler and his two-plus decades of hard-won professional writing and editing experience with your next book project.


Brad is the only book writing coach who has lived
the life of a real working professional writer and


Brad Wetzler is the most experienced, knowledgeable book writing coach in the business.


Brad Wetzler has done it all. Book and magazine editor, award-winning journalist, world-traveling adventure writer, magazine columnist, university professor, entrepreneur.


Hire Brad Wetzler, and you will write and publish your book. His real-world experience in writing, editing, and publishing is unrivaled among book writing

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