I think most writers are familiar with the fantasy of living in some lakeside chalet penning their novel at a frustrated but ultimately rewarding pace while drinking coffee and wearing ultra-soft jersey knits. The reality of being a writer is very different for most people and it certainly was/is for me.
I host one-on-one sessions with working and aspiring writers to address a lot of the practical issues faced by writers: making consistent money from diverse writing gig sources, generating enough good ideas to pitch regularly, and getting feedback from peers and instructors on which stories to pursue and where to place them. Whether students are brand new and want to know how to build a digital portfolio from the ground up to seasoned writers who just can't make freelancing full-time make ends meet to people who want to know how to write about new topics and always have ideas for stories, these sessions offer more than advice: they offer a concrete game plan with actionable steps, contact info, and feedback.
"Alana was incredibly generous with her time and information and makes the business of writing feel much less scary! Expect meticulous and thoughtful feedback, no matter your experience level. " – Suzy Swartz, student in "How To Earn A Living (With Several Types Of) Writing"
"Alana is a true friend and advocate for emerging writers, regardless of their level of experience. In her 1:1 classes, you will get more actionable advice than you can in months of making your own mistakes. In an industry synonymous with gatekeepers and exclusion, that willingness to help new writers make their voice heard is a catalyst to keep going." – Niko Pifferetti, student in "Generating Story Ideas That Are Original and Compelling In A World Of Crap Content" and a one-on-one session for writing career advice
"My hour with Alana was invaluable. Not only did she share strategic insights on growing my freelancing, she took the time to connect me to editors who would be instrumental in forming my writing career. I'm so thankful for her inclusivity and wisdom." – Ashley Abramson, one-on-one session for writing career advice