Private Coaching

You know what you want. You’re ready to do the work. You don’t want to mess around. You want the kind of customized help that’s going to teach you what you need to get you to your finished screenplay sooner and on your own schedule.

Life is whizzing along at an incredible speed. As you get older, you realize how precious time really is, and that there are only so many hours in a day. You want to make the most of every minute.

You've tried to do it on your own, squeeze your writing dreams in between other commitments. You've read books, watched films, maybe even taken a degree, but you still haven't been able to bring your story to life.

That's because you need a coach who has practical knowledge and the teaching skills to take away the headache of figuring it out all by yourself.

Eight individual 50-minute sessions over a four-month period. We meet by phone or Skype.

Laser calls between scheduled meetings. Blocked on a passage? Need to brainstorm on a writing point, or just need some encouragement? Call between our scheduled meetings for quick meetings to discuss your story.

Unlimited email support. Have a page or two you want to run by me for quick feedback or advice? Just email me your pages, with a note about what feedback you're looking for and I'll respond within 48 hours, Monday to Friday.

Interim goal setting. During each of the eight scheduled calls, you'll come away with a plan with clear writing targets.

Writing Feedback. Get customized comments on your writing of up to 8,000 words over the course of the four months.

Recorded calls. Each of our scheduled calls will be recorded. This way, you can refer back to the recordings again and again.

Training videos. Whether you're writing a screenplay or a memoir, you'll get a comprehensive set of training videos that cover each step of the writing process.

Concrete Knowledge, Examples and Exercises. In addition to the training videos, you'll gain concrete knowledge and understanding of how stories are constructed through examples, discussions and various exercises designed to focus your writing energy and be more productive.

Customized Feedback. Along with the training you receive in writing, you'll also receive laser-focused comments on your writing that will allow you to take your writing to the next level.

Customized Writing Schedule. Based on your unique circumstances, we'll come up with a tailored plan for you to complete your writing project during our time together.

Writing Road Maps. During each of the eight calls, we'll create an action plan for you to meet your next set of writing goals.

A Final Work. With your commitment, by the end of our time together, you'll will have completed part or all of your book or screenplay, as per the schedule you set for yourself during the first week. You will also feel an enormous sense of accomplishment and a significant increase in your confidence as a writer.

When you say 'yes' to the one-on-one support you get through private coaching, you declare that your creative expression has value, meaning and the potential to change lives through entertainment and/or education. Through your artistic contribution to society, you want to make the world a better place as well as leave a lasting legacy. Most of all, you want to experience the transformation that a writing practice full of joy, light and purpose can have in your life.

The program costs are $3,180 for the package or $795/month for 4 months. Credit card payments are accepted via PayPal.

This is for one writer. If you have a co-writer, let’s talk and see what kind of program you need.

The cost represents a significant investment in your creative future. This program isn’t for dabblers or hobby writers or those who are unclear about their writing goals. This program is designed for motivated, excited creators who want to shake things up and make a difference.

If you are committed to your creative writing goals and want to get targeted, focussed training with professional support and accountability, I’m here to help you bring your story to life.

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Client Success Stories

Elizabeth’s editorial comments on my novel-in-progress mirrored that of a prestigious editor, which confirmed what I already knew: Elizabeth is a true professional in the area of writing.

- Marnie Maguire, Ph.D., Author of Picture Perfect: The Story of Black's Photography

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Elizabeth Johnston is an outstanding editor and writer. She has a keen eye and a strong sense of narrative structure.

- Marianne Ackerman, Author, Playwright, Publisher

I had been a dry technical writer in the field of aviation for many years. I have now written my memoirs including the emotions -- which I had felt -- but had been unable to express without Elizabeth's help.

- David Walker, retired Air Canada pilot

About Elizabeth Johnston

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 8.25.33 PMElizabeth Johnston is an author, a certified writing instructor with over 20 years of experience, and a story structure expert. She has an Honours B.A. in Humanities and Creative Writing, and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting.

She is a prolific writer with over a hundred articles and reviews widely published in magazines and national newspapers including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The South China Post, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

During decades of writing, teaching and reviewing, Elizabeth has developed a keen understanding of what makes good stories tick. This experience has allowed her to pass on her knowledge to thousands of students and private clients so that they can go deeper into their craft.

In addition, Elizabeth was awarded a Canada Council of the Arts grant to write her creative non-fiction book, No Small Potatoes, available on Amazon. Her poetry was included in the anthology A Room at the Heart of Things, and her latest project was the writing and directing of the short film, Keepsake, based on her grandmother’s experience of World War II.

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