Genre: Fiction, Screenwriting
Kate Maruyama coached screenwriters for years in Hollywood, working for Jon Peters, Sylvester Stallone and Universal and has coached several notable authors’ books, most of which have been published. Her primary focus in coaching is to help writers find the heart of the piece they are working on and to help them bring it to fruition. Her first novel, Harrowgate was published by 47North and her short work has appeared in Arcadia Magazine, The Stoneboat Journal and Controlled Burn as well as onSalon.com, The Rumpus, The Citron Review and Gemini Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and lives, writes, teaches and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and two kids.
Kate’s Book Coaching Statement
I’ve been writing in one form or another for most of my life, productively for twenty five years, and my favorite thing to do is help other writers. I did it in my Hollywood executive days, working with professional screenwriters, cracking stories, helping make scripts stronger to get producers moving on them. Since then, I’ve helped dozens of writer friends and students with careful reading and notes, because what drives me nuts is when good people give up on good ideas.
I’m not here to teach you writing. You’re already writing, that’s why you’re here. But I can promise you, I have tons of tools I’ve gained over my twenty-five years of writing and teaching and mentoring experience that can help you on this maddening journey from idea to revision to book or screenplay. So many times we go from mind-blowing fantastic idea to the slog in the middle where we’ve lost our way and faith in our work and sometimes as far as the dreaded words, “Aw, it wasn’t such a great idea to begin with.” We all have demons that whisper in our ears, “You aren’t good enough, what’s this about anyway? Why are you writing at all?”
In my role as your book coach, I intend to help you quell those demons, find the natural strengths in your writing and get your head back into the story that had you sit down in the first place. I believe that by asking questions of your story, your characters, your themes, we can help you serve your book, which is its own animal, and help make it the best that it can be.
Along the way, I hope to give you tools that you can take back to your writing, because I hope that you, like me, are trying to get better at what you do every time you sit down to write.
I look forward to working with you.