Writing Coaching

Through my one-to-one writing coaching sessions I can help you:

  • Overcome any blocks or fears regarding your writing
  • Find your unique voice
  • Create compelling characters and page-turning plots
  • Turn empowering messages and inspirational life experiences into non-fiction books
  • Brainstorm ideas for blog posts and articles
  • Pitch to publishers and literary agents

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‘Siobhan is great. I worked with her on my first book, Liquid Millionaire and I was so impressed with her attitude and expertise that she had to be my number one choice for my second book, How to Make Money in ISAs and SIPPS. I strongly recommend her and endorse her whole-heartedly.’ Stephen Sutherland, Chief Investment Strategist, ISACO

‘Siobhan Curham is a plot alchemist! Her honest, insightful and supportive feedback has shown me how I might transform my thin story into a coherent, fully developed plot. She is completely on your side and wants you to succeed. I feel hopeful for the first time in a long time that I can stop revising the same few paragraphs repeatedly and start writing again. I have no hesitation in recommending Siobhan.’Lisa Berry

How does it work?

After years and years of coaching writers I’ve focused in on what my clients have found to be by far the most useful and productive of my services, something I call Finding the Plot.

Finding the Plot

Finding the Plot is a deep-digging, plot-seeking, half-day session designed to get you focused and fired-up to write your non-fiction book / novel / play / screen-play / blog / poetry or short story collection.

Finding the Plot is a 3 – 4 hour, face-to-face coaching session in Brighton, Lewes or Central London (please note: sessions in Central London cost slightly more due to travel expenses).

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Perfect for diving deep into the heart of your writing project. You’ll come away fired-up and itching to write, with a detailed outline of your plot to guide you … and an in-depth knowledge of your characters if you’re writing fiction.

As well as having thirteen books published under my own name, I’ve also worked with many of the world’s top publishing houses as an editorial consultant and celebrity ghost-writer. Over the years I’ve honed the ability to create page-turning plots in next to no time. I consider it to be my word-nerdy superpower and one that I love to share with my Finding the Plot clients.

Finding the Plot is also recommended for people who need help creating a proposal to pitch to agents and publishing houses. We’ll create your pitch together and I’ll share my detailed knowledge of how the industry works over coffee and cake.

Price: £170 (£200 if in London)*

Includes detailed follow-up report, where I put everything we’ve discussed into a concise action plan (ie; the plot structure for your book or a publishing proposal outline).

*10% of your fee goes straight to the Read to Dream initiative – inspiring young people to achieve their dreams through books (find out more here).

‘Siobhan brings out the best in her clients. She is always honest, good humoured and manages to fill us with hope and the desire to do better. She’s a gentle and inspiring guide. I went to Siobhan when I was pretty much down and out in writing terms. We talked, I cried a bit and laughed a lot and having listened to her wise words came away enthused to start afresh. I did, and my new attitude has brought good luck and success – and my sessions with Siobhan were the launchpad.’ Anna May Mangan, best-selling author of Me and Mine, and radio and TV broadcaster

‘Siobhan has totally transformed my confused collection of ideas about my story into a coherent and compelling plot! She has shown genuine enthusiasm for my project and has helped me to believe I am capable of writing a novel. Her compassion and dedication is inspirational.’ Natalie Grahame

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Follow-up Sessions

I also offer Finding the Plot clients shorter follow-up coaching sessions.

These are usually 60 minute writing coaching sessions via Skype (or face-to-face if in Brighton or Lewes).

Follow-up sessions are great if you work best to a deadline or would like on-going support as you write to keep you on track.

 

Price: £50 / $75 per hour

Includes follow-up email summarising everything we’ve discussed + your action plan.

‘Siobhan agreed to coach me regarding content, plot and characterisation and within nine months, my novel, Brothers and Lovers, was completed. It has sold well worldwide and I owe a great debt of gratitude to Siobhan for her interest, enthusiasm and guidance. I cannot praise her patience and understanding of an author’s problems too highly and can whole-heartedly recommend her services to any aspiring authors.’ Michael J Davidson, author of Brothers and Lovers

‘My first novel is a crime/mystery for children. It took me four years to write and I keep thinking it could have taken one. I haven’t made the same mistake with my second, a novel for adults in the same genre. As soon as I had a vague idea of what I wanted my story to be, I met up with Siobhan and she helped me untangle the plot lines, find out the best motives and sketch out interesting characters. It’s important for writers to do this early on, before they are thousands of words deep in the wrong plot. Siobhan is the best mentor – I’ve been writing a great deal since, and everything is going much more smoothly than first time.’ Gabriela Harding, author of Santa Claws

But first…

If you’re thinking of hiring a writing coach it’s so important you find the right match – someone who will get excited by your ideas and encourage you to do your best work. And someone with bagfuls (or, in this case, bookfuls) of knowledge and experience.

I’m an award-winning, best-selling author of thirteen books for adults and young adults, fiction and non-fiction. I’ve also been an editorial consultant / celebrity ghost-writer for seven years and I’ve worked with some of the biggest publishing houses in the business, including Hodder & Stougton, Random House, Penguin, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Usborne, Egmont, Walker Books and Faber & Faber.

I specialise in helping people write books (fiction and non-fiction for all ages) with a positive and uplifting message.

If that sounds like you and you’d like to find out more about how I could help you, please drop me an email at:

curhamcopy[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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Praise

‘Siobhan is one of the most gifted writers I have worked with in the last fifteen years. Subtleties of character, tone and plotting seem to come easily to her. She can turn her hand to writing for the very young right up to young adult, and in each case with real talent. She is unusually versatile and adept. And what’s more, she is a joy to work with – a true professional.’ Leah Thaxton, Publisher, Faber & Faber

‘Siobhan Curham not only knows how to craft a terrific story, but she writes with wit and intelligence, creating characters you believe in and who live on long after the last page is turned. Siobhan handles difficult issues sensitively yet energetically. Her writing is upbeat, life-affirming and full of that rare and wonderful ingredient: heart.’ Mara Bergman, Senior Commissioning Editor, Walker Books

‘It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Siobhan on a fiction series for 9+ readers. Her creativity and enthusiasm have been invaluable at every stage of the books’ journey – from plotting the stories to coming up with engaging end matter ­– and made this project such a positive experience.’ Lucy Rogers, Commissioning Editor, Scholastic

‘I have worked closely with Siobhan for several years and on many different projects. We’ve brainstormed the very loosest of ideas then worked together to create and shape, develop and produce high-quality fiction series for children, so I’ve seen Siobhan at every stage of the creative process. She is one of the very best. She’s always bubbling with rich ideas of her own, yet remains wonderfully responsive to those of others: she’s a thoughtful and considerate listener, an intuitive enabler and encourager, with a gift for finding the heart and soul of a story and bringing it to vibrant life, usually through richly imagined characters, and a distinctive voice and telling detail. Touches more magical than just the words – of which she is both master – and mistress.’ Reg Wright, Director, Hothouse Fiction

‘Having worked with Siobhan in various capacities, I can vouch for her expertise. As her editor, I’ve seen how her own writing leaps from the page and touches her readers. And in her work as an editorial consultant, creating, shaping and developing concepts, and working with other writers, she’s an absolute pro. Creative, insightful, reliable and fun – what more could you ask for?’ Ali Dougal, Editorial Director, Egmont UK

‘Working with Siobhan on the Harry Hammer series has been an absolute pleasure. Her speedy turnaround times, collaborative approach and formidable creativity have led to a full-of-fun series of which we can all be proud.’ Katie Cotton, Templar Publishing

‘Siobhan is a caring, intuitive and professional writing and life coach.  She has helped me reach the stage where I am poised to submit to publishers.  I never would have got this far without her special gifts. I would certainly recommend aspiring writers to seek out Siobhan to find an endless source of inspirational guidance.’ Patricia Jacobs