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As a writing coach I’ve worked with published, award-winning novelists, short-fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; unpublished but dedicated and experienced writers; and those new to the game who have always believed they had something to say, but didn’t know quite how or where to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.
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 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
I’m happy to announce that my personal essay/memoir, “Saving Rob Lowe,” which revolves around the time he jumped off my rooftop in New Jersey during a party, will be published in Bull (Men’s Fiction), sometime next year.
The audio-lit journal, The Drum, has just posted a recording of me reading my short story, “The Fish” (see writing examples). Thank you, The Drum!
“With stammering lips and insufficient sound I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.”
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
- Albert Camus
I have a memoir writing workshop in the works for this spring. Stay tuned.
Extremely happy to have my craft/process essay on writing spaces, “Your Sanctuary,” appear in Glimmer Train’s Bulletin. http://www.glimmertrain.com/b73adams.html
I’m very excited to be presenting a seminar in Austin on the ins and outs of submitting to literary journals via the great folks at WriteBy Night. Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. http://www.writebynight.net/writing-center/events/