I didn’t come to be a writing coach or editor through regular channels. Meaning: I didn’t seek it out; I didn’t pursue it. Instead, it found me, by way of my writing mentor, Genie Zeiger. Genie had been approached by a potential client, but didn’t want to work with the specific material, childhood sexual abuse. So the client was referred to me. I was nervous, scared even. Not sure I could handle someone else’s writing on such a painful topic. But the collaboration worked well and lasted for a long time. It was successful because we were working together on the writing..on the words, on image, on development, and description. Writing was our focus; moving through healing was a happy accident.
And that is how I have come to see my role as a writing coach and editor ever since. I am a collaborator, with you on your work. Together we figure it out; we find our way through the brambles and thickets. It’s easy to find yourself lost and confused when you’re in that dense forest alone. But when someone is there beside you to ask questions or offer a different perspective, you don’t have to stay stuck. You can find ways to move forward…to move beyond.
With experience as a writing coach, an editor, and a writing professor and workshop leader, I have worked with writers at all levels. I can assist you in brainstorming ideas, in developing character, scene, narrative, etc. We can work together to help you create a full manuscript of prose or poetry, an essay you’re trying to complete, an individual poem, or a children’s story. I am experienced in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and flash.
My job is to listen carefully to what you need and want from a coach or editor, and to provide that service. If you’re stuck and don’t know what you need, I can assist you in finding that clarity. I’s time to stop pacing the floor or staring out the window. Let’s work together and get your project out into the world. Please contact me with questions and details.
BIO: Joyce Hayden left her teaching job at Westfield State University’s English Department to concentrate on finishing her memoir, The Out of Body Girl, and to create more space for working with a variety of different types of writers. What she misses most about the academic teaching world is working one on one with students and their writing. With more time to devote to coaching and editing, Joyce can offer assistance in all genres and forms. She is available for individual writing coaching/editing and can also be hired to run a focused workshop/craft class for your group or corporation.
Joyce received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2001. For the next 14 years, she taught writing and literature courses in universities in Ohio and Massachusetts. The courses she designed and/or taught include: Memoir Writing, Writing about Nature, Writing About Art. Texts used in courses included non-fiction books and articles, poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and genre-bending pieces. Before earning her MFA, Joyce led creative writing groups privately and through NELCWIT, an organization specializing in services for battered women and teens at risk.