© 2019 by Michael Burns

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novelists, bloggers, journalists, students, entrepeneurs, NGOs, consultants, speakers, and presenters

Story Coaching

I offer a wide range of writing coaching services to aspiring and established authors as well as organizations. Prices vary depending on the type of editing you need done. Below is a partial list of the kinds of individual editing I do. For more info or to book a session, click Contact above.

  • Manuscript evaluation

  • Developmental editing

  • Structural editing

  • Copy editing

  • Proofreading

For more on my writing coaching work, see writewithmichael.com

Find your voice and what makes you totally unique, whether you write fiction, non-fiction, essays, articles, or anything else. Email me to find the best option that works for you. My sessions take place in person, on the phone, and over the Internet.

I also do workshops and mid/long term trainings for organizations and companies looking to hone their storytelling skills. Today, it's not enough to present your ideas. You have to be able to tell a story that is both unforgettable and that moves your audience to action. Click Contact to let me know more about what you're looking for whether it's writing, oral presenting skills, or a deeper understanding of memorable storytelling.

Click here for a TEDx talk from a coaching client, world-renowned doctor and researcher Zarir Udwadia.

Client comments:

"When you want to be a writer and have some ideas but don't how to really take your writing forward, Michael is the guy you need to meet. He is the right balance of enthusiastic and realistic. He makes you think hard about your story from different perspectives, and in the process making you a better and more flexible storyteller. I have had a great time working with Michael and hope to continue doing so."

"The thing is that when you don't have confidence in yourself or on your work then there's no way you can succeed being a writer. I love to write but I could never finish any story. But after meeting Michael, I was finally able to finish my stories. Actually not just one, I was able to keep on writing and writing. And the important thing was that I had confidence in my work. If you are a newbie or a professional writer, you need this."

"I learned a lot from Michael's TED talk coaching sessions, and I'm convinced some of the polish many viewers saw in my speech was due to the sessions and one on one time we spent together. I consider myself an accomplished speaker having lectured all over the world, but our sessions helped me move to an even higher level and for that I will always be grateful."

"When I attended his writer’s retreat, my years of being a professional writer had made me hate the process of writing mostly because I had run out of engaging, gripping and entertaining stories, or so I thought. After two days under Michael’s gentle guidance, astute aid, and practical pointers, I came away  with six story ideas that I didn’t even know existed within me, waiting to be told. His skills and abilities as an editor and content curator, are way too many to list out, but he has changed my life in ways that he'll never fully know."

My expertise in editing has come from my experience as an author and student but has also been largely shaped by my work as the founder and director of Tall Tales, one of the world's leading live storytelling series--essentially India's version of The Moth. During the course of this work I have read thousands of submitted stories, edited hundreds of selected stories, and personally coached hundreds of storytellers.

more at talltales.in.