One-on-One Coaching

Geek out about your story with Alida.

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Spend 30 or 60 minutes with Alida via Skype. Get feedback on your writing or help with storycraft. Use Alida as a sounding board for new ideas. It's your time to use as you'd like, so long as it's writing related.

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Before the call, you'll send Alida up to 3 questions in order of importance and a 1-page document that gives her a sense of the project. The document could be a writing sample, plot summary, character sketch, or whatever is relevant to your questions. One page might not sound like much, but trust me, it is!

What can I get from just 30 minutes with Alida?

Alida was a wealth of knowledge that I was extremely happy to tap into. She was easy to talk to and encouraging. Any question I had she was able to answer. After the coaching session, I am pumped to work on my writing. I would highly recommend Alida!

- Amy Tasukada, Plotting a crime thriller

My story had some serious flaws that involved several subplots that didn’t move the story forward and serve the protagonist’s goal, resulting in a disjointed read. Alida’s astute understanding of the problem helped to point me in the right direction, which will make my story stronger. Additionally, she helped uncover other issues involving my protagonist’s character development. Having no previous knowledge of my work, Alida was quick to identify where the problems were and sift out what I was trying to say. With Alida’s guidance, I now have the tools to get back on track, give my characters more purpose and skin in the game, and get about the business of strengthening my story.

Tom James, Script with weak subplots

Your Instructor

Alida Winternheimer
Alida Winternheimer

Alida has been writing her entire life and teaching for over a decade, from high school to graduate level courses, and lots of writing workshops in between. She is the author of the Story Works Guide to Writing Fiction Series, A Stone's Throw, The Skoghall Mystery Series, and numerous short stories. When she's not writing or teaching, you can spot her around Minneapolis on her bike, in her kayak, or being walked by her golden retriever.

Course Curriculum

  Coaching over Skype
Available in days
days after you enroll

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive coaching?
We'll schedule a call within 2 business days of you enrolling in the course. Unless Alida is away from the office (seldom happens) you'll be able to meet with her within 3 business days of scheduling. In other words, turnaround is fast!
Can I record the call?
Please do! But make sure your technology is updated and ready to roll before the call. Your technology issues will eat into your time.
Do we have to meet on Skype?
Yes. At this time, Skype is the only way Alida meets students online.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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