Have you ever suffered from writer's block? Do you feel overwhelmed by a work or school assignment? Do you struggle to divide your big writing goals into manageable projects? I am a writing coach with extensive experience in empowering writers to overcome these inevitable challenges of the process. Let's work together to help you to achieve your potential.

             Coaching packages customized for your needs and goals
TypeSingle RevisionFull ProjectSkills Development*
DescriptionComprehensively revise your written work, from draft to final paper.Fully develop a written work, from brainstorming phase to final paper.Intensively strengthen your writing skills.
ExamplePersonal statement, application essay, school assignmentPersonal statement, application essay, school assignment, book project, thesis, dissertationAcademic writing, fiction writing, general composition, or grammar and mechanics
*or tutoring to complement a writing-intensive class

Credentials
Undergraduate Degree, University of  Notre Dame, College of Arts and Letters
Graduate Coursework, Indiana University, English Rhetoric and Composition
Four years as a writing instructor at the University of Notre Dame

Accepting new clients and students now


About Me

I am a professionally trained writer proficient in coaching academic and professional writers to produce excellent, articulate, punctually completed work for a range of types of assignments, including essays, applications, personal statements, grant proposals, manuscripts, and personal projects. My approach is to use my knowledge, skill, and compassion to guide and empower you to generate your best work, while making writing fun, manageable, and stress-free.


Services

Single Session

Full Project

  • Meet with me one time to revise a draft of your written work
  • In person or by video-conference
  • Ideal for the writer who has already written a draft
  • Recommended for personal statements, application essays, and school assignments, beginning from the draft phase
  • Meet with me three times to fully develop a short assignment
  • In person or by video-conference
  • Ideal for the writer who has not yet begun to write the project
  • Recommended for personal statements, application essays, and school assignments, beginning from the brainstorming phase

Skills Development

Monthly Coaching Package

  • Meet with me once per week for twelve weeks to intensively strengthen your writing skills
  • Must be conducted in person; available only to local Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia writers
  • Ideal for the writer who seeks to intensively strengthen a set of skills, such as how to outline a paper, how to write transitions, and how to compose a powerful conclusion paragraph
  • Recommended for writers of all abilities, ambitions, and skill levels
  • Meet with me twice per month for four months to work on a variety of projects and skills
  • Select a combination of types of sessions: single revisions, full projects, and skills development
  • Ideal for the writer seeking to improve skills, understanding, and performance over the course of a school semester
  • Recommended for writers of all abilities, ambitions, and skill levels, especially for students
Schedule a free fifteen-minute phone consultation.

What does a writing coach do?

As your writing coach, I will use my knowledge, skill, and compassion to guide and empower you to generate your best work. Specifically, I will help you to do the following:

  • Identify your writing goals
  • Determine appropriate writing timelines
  • Remain motivated to meet deadlines
  • Overcome writer's block
  • Improve your writing's clarity
If you require a type of assistance that is not listed here, such as editing, proofreading, or résumé-development, then please contact me.

Testimonials

Below is a sample of what my clients have had to say about my coaching.

Christine is a highly effective writing coach who makes a lasting impact on her clients' abilities. Not only did she help me to complete my current project, she empowered me to succeed in future writing projects by helping me to find and strengthen my natural writing voice. Christine's approach to writing coaching makes me feel like I am the best writer in the world.

-Martin H.

Christine Cummings is an extremely effective and reliable writing consultant. As President and Chief Executive Officer for Inspiring Accounting Talent for a Sustainable Society (iat4as), I have used Christine as a consultant to review and edit the Executive Summary of one of our major grant proposals. The final product was concise and well received by our audience. Christine's professionalism and promptness are factors that we seek when engaging with a consultant. You will find Christine a pleasure to work with.

-Linda E.

I have sought out Christine's input on several occasions and for several projects. Every time, she delivers. She has provided invaluable feedback on my thesis project and applications for graduate fellowships and even helped with writing projects on the side. She has helped improve my grammar, sentence structure, and overall writing organization. She is articulate, intelligent, and an efficacious resource for all aspiring writers. Christine is without a doubt an extremely talented wordsmith and skilled communicator. I encourage anyone who wishes to become a better writer to use her services.

-Jeremiah P.

Christine is an exceptional writing coach! During my undergraduate years at the University of Notre Dame, Christine helped me to organize my ideas and writing in order to produce quality essays for my political science courses. Since graduation, I have continued using Christine's coaching to improve my personal statements, research proposals, and professional writing. Christine understands the fundamentals of successful writing, and she has a unique capacity to share her knowledge with other writers.

-Peter C.