Coaching & Workshops


Finish Your Fucking Book Boot Camp :: Summer 2017. Get your book in shape this summer. In-Person & Virtual options.

I run carefully assembled ongoing small private workshops of different types. If you are interested in joining one of my groups or having me facilitate your existing group, please email me at

Stay tuned for additional workshops and one-day seminars. If you would like to be kept up to date with news on upcoming boot camps and workshops, please join my mailing list at the footer of this site or email me with questions.



From a phone call or Skype chat to discuss how to begin your project, to an in-depth critique of your draft, to editing a polished manuscript, I offer options for whatever help/advice you need at any stage of the writing process. With my education, training, and experience as a published author and writing instructor, I can lend a guiding hand to help you accomplish your writing goals.

Write to me at and tell me a little about yourself and your project. We’ll figure out a plan that works best for you.


Query Letter CRITIQUES

Query letters are your first impression to agents, so you want them to shine. Whether you are just starting to put together your query or are ready with a draft and need feedback, don’t tackle this important part of the publishing process on your own. I can also offer guidance on the submission process and tips for choosing the right agent for you.


UCLA extension Classes

Most quarters I teach a class in the novel writing series at UCLA Extension. Check the catalog for the most up to date course information.



“Melanie is the perfect blend of critical and encouraging.”

“Melanie is the best kind of voice to have in your head…one of the best things for my career has been Melanie’s advice, guidance, and red pen. ”

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Melanie is the best kind of voice to have in your head. I know I can trust her to give honest feedback while still energizing me to get to the next page. Melanie has invigorated each story I have brought to her, but more than that she has molded my writing practice so that my … Continue reading Testimonials