I offer manuscript consultation and editing; writing coaching; and guidance for writers at all stages of their careers. I accept only a small number of clients so that I can provide dedicated, one-on-one assistance. I've taught writing at Hugo House, Write Doe Bay, the Chuckanut Writers Conference and elsewhere and bring my diverse professional background to bear on all client work. Please get in touch with the form below, and I’ll respond with rates and availability. And check here for current classes open to the public.
“Tara is my dream editor. She gives the perfect feedback, both at a sentence by sentence level and a structural level, to turn a piece of writing from an unfocused mush into something rigorous and publishable, and somehow manages to do it with such a kind, positive touch that you end up feeling great and energized rather than demoralized.”
— Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious, How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks
"Tara greatly improved my novel as I transitioned to fiction from nonfiction. She was supportive and accessible, yet straightforward about potential edits and changes that were helpful to the story. Her years of experience writing and publishing made clear ideas that may have taken me a lifetime to learn. I would definitely work with her again."
— Allison Augustyn, writer, Chicago Sun-Times, Seattle Times, and University of Chicago Press