Writing Mentorship Program
Writing Mentorship Program
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Six-Month Writing Mentorship Program
Are you ready to write a memoir or nonfiction story about your healing journey, recovery, or personal or spiritual transformation?
Maybe you’ve tried to write a memoir, but your progress stalled. Maybe you’ve grown frustrated because you don’t know how to get the mojo working again. Or maybe you’ve succeeded in getting the basic story down on paper, but now you feel as if your story is missing something.
If you’ve come to the realization that what you really need is mentoring from an expert, we should talk.
I’m Brad Wetzler, the “heart-centered memoir writing coach.” In my Writing Mentorship Program, I mentor people who are writing (or want to write) memoirs and other nonfiction about healing, recovery, and personal and spiritual transformation.
I’ve spent my three-decades-long career writing books and articles about adventure, wellness, healing, and personal and spiritual transformation. And I’ve spent three decades helping people write about their own journeys.
As a book writing mentor and instructor, I pursue a quiet revolution to help people transform their lives by reframing and telling their life stories.
I’ve helped more than 1,000 people become published authors of books and articles. When my clients write and publish a book, they get more income and more opportunities to impact the world.
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.
Write Your Story and Transform Your Career – and Your Life
In my six-month Writing Mentorship Program, I will guide you to write your book or even prepare your book for publication.
Our world needs writers like YOU to show up strong with your stories and ideas. When you write a memoir or nonfiction “big ideas” book, you help to heal your past, embolden your NOW, and serve the greater good.
There’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to write and publish your memoir or nonfiction book.
Not convinced that anyone would want to hear your story? In the first half of 2018, more than $26 million was spent on memoir and general non-fiction in the U.S. alone.
More than 1,000 people have used my Fearless Writing Method to find their writing voice and tell their story. Bring your story and ideas to life–and write and publish your book today! When my Writing Mentorship
Program clients write and publish their books, they transform their lives and gain more opportunities to impact the world.
But What About …
Your story’s in you. You’re aching to tell it. You don’t know how to get started. Or you don’t know how to make substantial progress. Or you don’t know how to take it to the next level or prepare it for publication. Complexity and overwhelm stop many people in their tracks.
I get it. There are a million reasons not to do the thing you’re passionate about doing.
Writing is like life. It isn’t always easy.
If you know in your head, heart, and gut that your story is worth telling, we should talk. If you won’t allow yourself to get derailed, we should talk. If you’re ready to implement a real-world plan of action, we should talk now.
Diving deep into your past takes grit and hard work. Sharing your wisdom with the world can feel scary. Writing with emotion and heart while creating a coherent, suspenseful storyline can be overwhelming even to expert writers. We’ve all heard the jokes about the aspiring author who can’t finish her book. Avoid becoming the cliché.
I can help you.
When you work with me, you benefit from my 20+ years of experience at the highest levels of publishing. You get hard-earned wisdom about how to: hone your book idea, make progress and finish your book, and find a publisher or self-publish your book.
I work with all types of aspiring authors working in memoir and nonfiction. I specialize in working with positive-change-makers, such as progressive businesspeople, life coaches, spiritual teachers, psychotherapists, as well as everyday people who know they have a story to tell.
The Stories You've Lived to Tell
In this video, author, journalist, editor, and writing coach Brad Wetzler shares the secrets to writing memoir and nonfiction books with power and grace. When Brad’s clients write their stories, they gain more opportunities to impact the world!
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
About Brad's Writing Mentorship Program
I mentor writers to write their stories and—if desired—position themselves to become published authors. I help both experienced and up-and-coming writers through all stages of the writing and publishing process. Whether you have a vague idea for a book or a finished manuscript, I meet you where you are. Whether your goal is to land a traditional publisher or to self-publish, I guide you to the finish line.
I’ve worked with more than 1,000 professional and new writers of nonfiction and memoir. My mentoring process is tested and proven to work by the tangible successes of my clients’ published articles, essays, and books.
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.
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.
Why Work With Me?
My clients include NYT best-selling authors, renowned journalists, CEOs and entrepreneurs, Ivy League academics, psychotherapists and life coaches, professional athletes, mountaineers, and adventurers, spiritual teachers, and thought-leaders from various paths and traditions. Bottom-line: I help people play a bigger game in career and life.
I bring to this work the same passion I’ve brought to my own writing for more than two decades. My approach is detail- and results-based as well as compassionate. Writing is difficult, and success requires equal amounts of self-compassion and grit.
I bring a mindful approach to my work with clients. A devoted practitioner and teacher of yoga, I bring the same dedicated, patient approach to my work with my writing clients that I bring to my daily yoga practice. I adhere to the yogic ideals of honesty, respect, kindness.
In short, I pursue a quiet, guerrilla revolution to help people transform by guiding them to rewrite their life stories.
What My Clients Have to Say
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
Watch More of Brad's Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Instructional Videos
Ready to Learn More?
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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Six-Month Writing Program Mentorship in a Nutshell
The main goal of the six-month Writing Program Mentorship is to help you achieve your writing goals and make progress on your memoir or nonfiction writing project.
The work on your project will be the primary work. I will also coach you on best practices of embodying the word “writer” with the higher goal of imparting tools and wisdom that will help you write future books and articles (or, as desired, live as a working writer).
Each month, we’ll hold two 50-minute, one-on-one Zoom sessions focused on your project. I will read up to 20 pages of your writing prior to each session.
We’ll also have one 20-minute phone call per month, which will serve as Q&A time so you can ask me follow-up questions about our Zoom session discussions or about “living and working as a writer.”
Outside of these scheduled Zoom sessions and this scheduled call, you’ll have access to me by email (up to two emails per week) and up to two scheduled 10-minute phone conversations per month during work hours to clarify something that can’t be resolved by email.
Along the way, I will occasionally assign books and articles for you to read and for us to discuss. I will also occasionally do some light editing to help you get through a difficult passage or craft your chapter summaries and other book proposal sections.