618-319-4998 (Central Time Zone) Donna@GoodinCoaching.com

As a writer, you’re in a unique situation, and I’ve been there…

I began working as a writing coach in 2006, coaching doctoral students writing their dissertation. I hold a Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies and a master’s in counseling. I am the author of the unpublished dissertation Writing as Reconstitutive Act: Healing and Self-Expression in Early Spanish Women’s Writing.

My passion for coaching writers sprang directly from struggles I experienced while writing my dissertation.

There were moments when I wasn’t sure I was ever going to finish!

There were many days when I doubted that I would ever have those three magical letters after my name, and I may well not have, but for some incredible faculty who supported and mentored me.

From them, I learned how important it is to have someone in your corner – someone who will hold you accountable to your goals, push you—even when you think you don’t want to be pushed—and celebrate your victories with you. I want you to have that support.

Prior to working as a coach, I worked in an academic setting for many years, as foreign language faculty, and as a counselor in a university counseling center. I have taught writing and composition both to students of Spanish, and to international students in an ESL program.

After years of struggling with a complicated dual-career marriage situation, I finally made the decision that departure from academe was the right choice for me. Having spent time in both teaching and counseling, coaching was the perfect next step.

When I’m not coaching I enjoy life with my husband and our very spoiled Maine Coon cat. I love traveling, reading, knitting, spending time with friends, as well as singing and playing the guitar and harp.

I have loved having the opportunity to support and help others through the challenges of completing a lengthy writing project. I would love to have the opportunity to do the same for you!

Please contact me by phone at 618-319-4998 (Central Time Zone) or email me so we can talk about your situation and explore how coaching can help you.