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Paula Coomer has been a teacher of writing at both the university and community level for nearly 25 years. Her classes and workshops are at once challenging, humorous, serious, informative, and nurturing. Ms. Coomer’s teaching philosophy is best depicted by this quote from author Marilynne Robinson: “I try to make writers actually see what they have written, where the strength is. Usually . . .  there’s something that leaps out—an image or a moment that is strong enough to center the story. If they can see it, they can exploit it, enhance it, and build a [work] that is subtle and new. I don’t try to teach technique, because frankly most technical problems go away when a writer realizes where the life of a story lies. I don’t see any reason in fine-tuning something that’s essentially not going anywhere anyway. What they have to do first is interact in a serious way with what they’re putting on a page. When people are fully engaged with what they’re writing, a striking change occurs, a discipline of language and imagination.” —Marilynne Robinson in The Paris Review


  • Draft Consultbook draft review and feedback; suitable for any type of book, including poetry

    • Feedback is via Zoom meeting plus written feedback on the draft
    • Rates vary (0.0075-0.015 cents per word) based on level of review
    • Good choice for writers who are several drafts in but are stuck in plot or character development or who want detailed analysis of a nearly-final draft
    • Turn around time is usually 3-4 weeks; must be scheduled in advance
    • Manuscript must be provided in hard copy with down payment; full payment due prior to Zoom meeting
    • Important note: Please click here for manuscript formatting requirements
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Paula Coomer is a poet, fiction writer, and occasionally writes about food and health. She is the author of eight books, including Jagged Edge of the Sky, Blue Moon Vegetarian, Dove Creek, and Nurses Who Love English. Her newest book, a collection of short stories, Somebody Should have Scolded the Girl was recommended by BuzzFeed. She has been a nominee for the Pulitzer, the Pushcart, and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, among others. A former long-time university writing instructor, Ms. Coomer lives in southeast Washington State, where she advocates for writers, teaches writing in the community, and facilitates retreats and workshops.