Steve Adams

Writing Coach, Editor, and Writer

My name is Steve Adams. I’m a writing coach, editor, and award-winning author.

As a writing coach I’ve worked with published, award-winning novelists, short-fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; unpublished but dedicated and experienced writers; and those new to the game who have always believed they had something to say, but didn’t know quite how or where to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.



An excerpt from my essay,  “Why You Move to New York, v. mid-80s,” published at New Flash Fiction Reviewwill be projected as part of The Creative Process's upcoming exhibition for the European Consortium For Humanities Institutes and Centres and shown at University of Leuven in Belgium from April 4 to June.


Had a great time working with the writers at tech magazine MakeUseOf on January 28.


Thrilled to read three of my pieces at the studio of my friend and brilliant artist, Peter Drake in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, June 16, 2016. Thanks, Peter!

Live storytelling at the livingroom

I'll be telling a true story without a net (not memorized; think "The Moth") at Amparo Garcia-Crow's series The Livingroom on Saturday night Aug 1 at 7:00.

Class in submitting work to journals and magazines

I'm really looking forward to co-teaching a seminar for the good people at the Writer's League of Texas with my wonderful friend, Meg Pokrass (flash fiction specialist) who's flying down from San Francisco, on the morning of Feb. 21.


Thursday Feb. 19 I'm on a panel with three sharp writers and editors (Kelly Luce, Meg Pokrass, and Robert Shapard) discussing short form at BookPeople in Austin. It'll be fun and also it's free! 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor.

Jentel Presents

Presentation for Jentel Artists Residency program at Sagebrush Art Center, 5:30-7:00, Sheridan, Wyoming, Sept. 2, 2014.

The Postmasters Podcast

I was recently interviewed by the fine people at The Postmasters Podcast where I talk about the Pushcart Prize, writing coaching, and the writing life in general. Place, Persistence, and the Pushcart.

WriteByNight Memoir Workshop

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:

Submitting to Journals Seminar

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.

VetArts Journal Submitting Workshop

Looking forward to giving a seminar to VetArts in Austin about submitting to literary journals. Dec. 19 at the Hillel Center.

Free Webinar: The Reluctant Reader’s Toolkit.

I’m giving a free webinar on Monday, August 20 at 7 p.m. CST on how to give public readings successfully. Learn how to prepare for your performance, score your script like an actor for flawless delivery, and manage your anxiety, all from the comfort of your home, via my friends at WriteByNight.

Sign up here:

Pinch Release Party

Thanks, The Pinch, for inviting me up to Memphis to read “Touch” for your issue release party, April 6. I had a great time.

AWP Conference 2012, Chicago, Illinois

Editors Kristen Iversen and Tom Useted discussing my essay, “Touch,” which they published in their journal, The Pinch. Their panel is titled, “How to Get Your Nonfiction Pulled from the Slush Pile.”

Pump Up Your Nonfiction with Fiction Techniques with WBN instructor Steve Adams

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at WriteByNight headquarters, $65

This interactive seminar arms participants with the necessary tools to pen nonfiction that sings.

You’ll learn how to use the literary elements of fiction to make a nonfiction piece more dynamic and deepen its essential meaning—its truth. These attributes please a reader, thus making your piece more likely to get published. You’ll come away from the seminar with: an understanding of the main literary elements of fiction including hook, character, voice, conflict, narrative arc, setting, foreshadowing, symbol/metaphor and theme an opening for a personal essay or memoir a clear idea of the main conflict in the piece a clustering chart to brainstorm and organize themes and related material for the entire piece

Prerequisite for participation: an idea for a personal essay or memoir. This seminar is appropriate for writers of all experience levels.