Coaching and Critique

ATTENTION: Lara is currently on a coaching hiatus due to life, the universe, and everything. If you’re interested, check back in the future.

Do you dream of making the next (or first!) step in your writing career, but you don’t know where to put your feet?

I’m here to help, offering one-off critiques of novels and short fiction, as well as ongoing, contracted coaching services. Need somebody to cheerlead, guide, and develop your voice? Somebody to help you through the weeds and forests of revisions? How about a Nebula-nominated Clarion graduate with a couple of Publishers Weekly stars under her belt?

I’ve tutored teens at the Alpha SF/F/Workshop For Young Writers, taught craft to graduate students at Sarah Lawrence College, and mentored with Writing in the Margins. Maybe you’re next!

John says:
“Lara’s insights were exactly what I needed to get my query letter ready for submission. Her feedback made my query simultaneously stronger and more representative of the novel it’s describing. Thanks to Lara, I finally have a query letter that I’m confident in.”

Jordan says:
“Donnelly’s coaching gets into the meat of the work. This is not coaching that skims the surface of the work, this is coaching that upends the work and turns it into what it’s meant to be–but my way.”

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