618-319-4998 (Central Time Zone) Donna@GoodinCoaching.com
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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 I am the author of the unpublished dissertation Writing as Reconstitutive Act: Healing and Self-Expression in Early Spanish Women’s Writing.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 doctoral 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.

I came to coaching after teaching college Spanish for many years. I have taught writing and composition both to students of Spanish, and to international students in an ESL program.

Having spent time in both teaching and counseling, coaching writers was the perfect next step.

I have been trained and certified by Author Accelerator where I have provided book coaching services since 2018. You may also request me if you wish to participate in one of their programs. I am trained in Lisa Cron’s Story Genius method and my coaching is strongly influenced by that method.

When I’m not coaching I enjoy life with my husband and our very spoiled Maine Coon cat. I love traveling, reading, 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 going from a rough draft to a finished manuscript. I would love to have the opportunity to do the same for you!

I invite you to learn more about my coaching and services. Click here to see my coaching and editing packages.