Writing Coach/Manuscript Consultant

Let me help you with your writing! While my specialty is poetry, I also work with prose writers, including students writing papers and applications to colleges and graduate programs. I will work with you on a project of any size, and over any time duration.

I offer a safe environment, nurturing each writer's individual voice through risk-taking and greater elasticity with language. My goal in guiding other writers is to nurture their authenticity. I will gently invite you out of your own way. My critique of your work will be objective and thorough, but sensitive. You will receive detailed comments from me, whether we meet in person or by e-mail, about each piece I evaluate.

I believe that writer-to-writer guidance is best provided by deep and respectful listening, and by identifying and applauding the author's best tendencies.

Please contact me at frannielindsay@gmail.com


This fall, I will be offering two poetry workshops at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The second of these, Ignored Magic, is new. The Grief and Trauma syllabus is also new, in anticipation of students returning to the course.

Writing the Unspeakable: a Poetry Workshop on Grief and Trauma
Friday, 6-9 PM, eight sessions
Begins September 20

Just about all of us have lived through grave loss. Many of our lives have also been touched by trauma. For both, there are the words we turn to first, but then there is a strange and brave language. It's a language learned by paying close attention. This course will explore the particulars of grief and trauma. This workshop is for poets who are utterly willing to "shoot from the hip". We will gently turn away from self-pity, roll up our sleeves, and wrestle with the unspeakable. Through pared-down language, we will write poems that are forceful and generous.

Ignored Magic: The Poetry of the Ordinary
Monday, 3-5 PM, eight sessions.
Begins September 16

New writers often approach poetry as a language whose purpose differs from everyday speech, relying on weighty word choices. The poem you are most likely to keep in your pocket doesn't work anywhere near this hard. We will explore the magic of the simple, truthful, and sometimes weird. We will focus on the eccentric integrity of the writer's voice. You will cultivate the ability to see your subject as it really is, gorgeously odd and “bumpy”; utterly separate from the descriptors commonly imposed on it.



photo by Meg Birnbaum