Toni Ann Johnson has won two Humanitas Prizes and a Christopher Award for her teleplays, “Ruby Bridges,” (Disney) and “Crown Heights,” (Showtime). Essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The LA Times, The Movement, The Emerson Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Sprout Magazine, and Soundings Review. Her novel Remedy For a Broken Angel was published in June 2014. Johnson has taught screenwriting, creative writing, and literature at the high school and college levels. An alum of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, Johnson also holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.
Toni Ann’s Book Coaching Statement
My approach to book coaching is to balance encouragement and support with constructive notes for improvement. I don’t believe in harsh criticism without encouragement. That critical voice can remain in your consciousness and become paralyzing. I see my task as one of working with what you have and nurturing it. I’ll meet you at the level you’re working at, and then push you to your potential, the goal being to get the best possible book out of you.
If you write in an approach that I’m not familiar with, before making my recommendations I’ll first want to be sure that I understand what it is you’re trying to accomplish so that I avoid offering suggestions that contradict your goals.
I hope to cultivate a rapport wherein you feel valued and respected. My function is to be your ally, giving thoughtful feedback and recommendations. You may not agree with everything I suggest. If you’re passionate about something that I don’t think works, I am going to offer my honest opinion, but I’ll also appreciate your vision for the material. I’ll support you in writing the book you want to write, not the book I would write. And I’ll help you make that book the best it can be.