Note: At the moment my list is filled and I can’t take on any more clients. I will have more openings, of course, and if you’d like me to put you on my waiting list, please send an email through my contact page. I’d also be glad refer you to another very good, accomplished coach who I can personally vouch for.
My name is Steve Adams. I’m a writing coach and a writer.
As a writing coach I’ve worked with published, award-winning novelists, short-fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; unpublished but dedicated and experienced writers; and those new to the game who have always believed they had something to say, but didn’t know quite how or where to begin.
My many years of writing and analyzing a broad range of forms (fiction, essay, playwriting, screenwriting, poetry) give me structural insight into manuscript evaluation, and my study of, and in-depth exposure to, music, acting, dance, theater arts, and visual arts affords me a varying set of perspectives from which to approach the process of writing and the disciplines that support art. I find coaching writers a form of work almost as rewarding as writing itself.
Thanks so much for visiting. Please look around and see if I could be the person to help you bring your work to the page. If I’m not, I still encourage you to write. It’s such a privilege to live this life and have the opportunity to tell our stories. Don’t waste it. Tell yours.
I’ve found reading quotes from accomplished writers to be one of the best ways to learn about the craft and the life, as well as a means to feel connected to the larger writing community. From time to time I’ll be sharing below what I feel to be particularly compelling quotes, along with updates regarding my work.
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life… Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend.”
- Anne Lamott
I’ll admit I’ve had two very good days. Yesterday I got my copy of the 2014 Pushcart Prize Anthology with my memoir, “Touch,” inside. This morning I found out that Kirkus had reviewed the anthology and found my piece to be one of the “standouts.” They even quoted a line from it.
I’ve had good days before, as well as very long patches of desert. I’m going to enjoy this, but make sure tomorrow I turn my sights back to what’s most real—the work, the moment-to-moment and day-to-day engagement with the story at hand.
Lacy and Audrey at The Postmasters Podcast created a lovely 1 minute, 20 second video with pictures of Fitzgerald synced to his writing quote that’s haunted me ever since I first saw it. Fitzgerald’s regret.
In this interview at The Postmasters Podcast I talk about winning the Pushcart Prize, writing coaching, the writing process, and more. Listen in to get an idea of the way I work. Thanks Postmasters Lacy and Audrey!
“I would like to write a beautiful prayer.”
- Flannery O’Connor, taken from A Prayer Journal
I’m thrilled and honored that my memoir/creative nonfiction essay, “Touch,” which was published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Pinch, will be included in the 2014 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Thank you, The Pinch, for your support and belief. And thank you Memphis for the mojo.
Official announcement via The Pinch
I’ll be running a two-night workshop focusing on revising work on June 11 and June 25 at WriteByNight in Austin. Go here for more details.
Writing Is Rewriting
Redux is an online literary journal that reprints work that previously was published only in print, giving these pieces an online home. They’ve kindly seen fit to reprint my story, “Keeper,” published in Glimmer Train years back. Thanks, Redux!
I’ll be leading a memoir writing workshop in Austin via my friends at WriteByNight. It’ll run Tuesday nights, May 7, 14, and 21, from 7:00-9:30. In it we’ll discuss your and your peers’ writing in a workshop setting, offering constructive feedback on how to improve the work with a particular emphasis on the conventions of memoir. You’ll receive verbal feedback from your peers, and both verbal and written feedback from me. If you’re interested in attending, please sign up here:
“Writing is not a matter of time, but a matter of space. If you don’t keep space in your head for writing, you won’t write even if you have the time.”
- Katerina Stoykova-Klemer