I’m delighted to announce the launch of the new Writing Coach website and blog. I’m Jacqui Lofthouse, founder of The Writing Coach and in future weeks and months I’m looking forward to sharing regular updates with you. Those of you who have followed The Writing Coach since the early days (we began in 2005) will know that we are unique in our approach. From the beginning we have had a strong coaching focus, with an emphasis on confidence, productivity and career success for writers. So whilst we do offer literary consultancy, our emphasis is on the whole person, not just the writing work.
The Writing Coach is now an international mentoring and development organisation for writers, with clients on four continents. As a novelist and a coach, my aim, when I set up this business, was to work with writers on a one-to-one basis, sharing my own insights into the writing life – but also, importantly, listening to the needs of the individual writer.
There is no “one size fits all” philosophy here. I like to see myself as an innovator and you’ll find me both responsive and interested in your views.
I’m particularly proud to launch today the Writing Coach’s support of the charity African Revival. I’ve decided to pledge 10% of all revenue (not just profits) from all product sales (that’s the ebooks) and 20% of all Membership fees (for The Completion Club) to a charity that I really believe in. African Revival is a UK based charity, who believe passionately in the power of education to change lives. By building schools, training and supporting teachers, and overcoming barriers to education, African Revival help break the cycle of poverty and offers inspiration and opportunity to Africa’s future generations. My aim is to raise at least £20,000 for African Revival and you can find out more about my aims here.
If you support The Writing Coach via our ebooks or by becoming a member, you are also contributing to African Revival’s mission to build schools and increase literacy in the developing world. I’ll be writing more about this new partnership in future posts, but for now I want to emphasise that what makes this partnership possible is that this charity is local to my home, so I’ll be building a personal relationship with the director as I continue to figure out how we, as writers, can support them – in the long term.
Of course, in future weeks, you can rely on this blog to provide you with regular inspiration and motivation to write. If you are new to The Writing Coach – welcome! And if you’re an old friend – welcome back! If you subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog (the black button on the top right for non-techie types), you’ll get updates sent directly to your in-box. Our posts will include: sound advice on technique for fiction and non-fiction writers; interviews with authors, agents and publishers; advice on submissions; time management tips for writers; news and events in the publishing world; ideas to get you writing; book reviews; information on epublishing and gentle encouragement to pick up your pen each day.
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I’m looking forward to getting to know you. Why not leave a comment to introduce yourself today?