Praise for Mary's Coaching . . .

I have worked with Mary Carroll Moore as my editor and mentor for almost two years. Over that time, my formless food and travel journal has evolved into a manuscript, on its way to becoming a book. It simply would not have happened without Mary. She is the perfect teacher— patient, firm, empathetic, clear-sighted, experienced, and full of strategies for moving stories forward. Her particular expertise in shaping the narrative arc of a story, novel, or memoir has changed the way I think about writing, and made me a better writer in every way..
—Steve Hoffman, James Beard Award winning food writer

By a stroke of luck, I reconnected with Mary after many, many years, and was delighted to discover her talents as an editor, teacher, and mentor. Mary combed through my manuscript and her insights and suggestions helped me tease out the buried story threads. She helped with me with chapter transitions, plot lines, interior and exterior settings, character growth, pacing … I could go on!
—Nancy Wood, author of Due Date

Mary Carroll Moore brought to my first book her unique combination of expert editing and patient teaching. Now, years later, I still use many of the specific, valuable skills she taught me, and I still seek her expert editorial advice.
—Judith Hendin,
author of
The Self Behind the Symptom

I found Mary's workshops and one-on-one critique to be both insightful and instructive in helping me to identify areas of my work that needed improving. Her good suggestions enabled me to take material I'd been struggling with and look at it with new eyes.  
—Anne Kelleher, author of the fantasy novels Silver's Lure and The Highwayman


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I learned more from Mary’s classes, coaching, and book than I did in my entire MFA program.  I was struggling with plodding prose and narratives going nowhere, and Mary helped me find the dreams lurking beneath the surface, then find form for them in a book that people can’t put down.
—Katherine Flannery Dering, author of Shot in the Head: a Sister’s
Memoir, a Brother’s Struggle

Mary's coaching was vital in helping me shape a winning proposal. She helped me better understand the mind-body-spirit genre and to craft a book appealing to agents, publishers, and readers. Her feedback was always meaningful, prompt, supportive and direct. I only wish that I had contacted her sooner in my process. I would have saved a lot of time. I really can't thank her enough!  
—Ron Frederick, PhD, author of Living Like You Mean It

Collaging my novel--one of Mary's many novel ideas!--helped me to excavate themes of my story that were buried deep in my unconscious and to get a clearer picture (literally as well as figuratively) of my protagonist.   
—Prill Boyle, author of Defying Gravity: A Celebration of
Late-Blooming Women



Mary Carroll Moore: Writing Coach

Do you have a dream book you want to write? A writing project you're longing to finish? A book proposal or a sample chapter that's due?

A natural part of the writing process is partnership with an experienced editor and coach. As a writing teacher at the Loft Literary Center, Grub Street, and other schools, I've worked with hundreds of writers on both nonfiction and fiction projects. My clients have gone on to secure publication with major publishing houses and small presses, as well as successfully self-publishing their books.

My goal as a coach is to allow the unique voice in your writing to emerge, and help you become more conscious of both the strengths and weaknesses in your writing. My expertise is in structure—the "make or break" of great books. Without good structure, even the best wordsmith cannot create a publishable book.


Mary’s edit of Turn Here Sweet Corn taught me how to make the written word vulnerable and life changing on the page. She showed me how to create containers of emotions and to structure a story line that pulls the reader in. She has acuity for what to keep, to cut, or to shape, and how. Mary is a gem of a teacher, editor, and human being. I would not have published an award-winning book without her.


—Atina Diffley,

author of Turn Here Sweet Corn, Minnesota Book Award winner


Hiring Me as Your Writing Coach or Editor

Having worked as a professional editor for twenty years, I know how to evaluate a work-in-progress and give suggestions for fine-tuning. I enjoy watching the process of a piece of writing unfold, and I value the help a kind and thoughtful editor can bring to a work. I've helped writers develop and finish their book proposals and manuscripts. And I believe in encouragement as well as critique, so you always come away from our conversations with enthusiasm and motivation for moving forward.

I only work with twelve writers at a time, so I book about 3-4 months ahead. My retainer program includes:


Mary Carroll Moore's Curriculum Vitae

For more information, contact Mary: mary(at)marycarrollmoore(dot)com