Consulting and Mentorship
Do you want advice about writing, publishing, how to get started? I love connecting with other writers and am happy to work with you to discuss your current Work in Progress. All services are provided on a per fee basis so you know exactly what you get for what you pay. Connect with me to discuss further.
Are you writing non-fiction? A whole book or an annual report? Course materials or a grant proposal? Or maybe you have an idea for a book and you don't know how to get started. I've written over 50 non-fiction books and love working with people to massage their content into a manageable form. Let's talk!
Every fiction writer needs a mentor who will tell them what's good about their writing and, more importantly, what's not so good. I love meeting with authors and helping them connect with their stories or subjects in the most compelling way possible.
Let's get together online or offline and talk about plot and pacing, characters and motivation, and anything else that comes up in the long and sometimes lonely writer's journey. I can't write your story for you, but I can be a sympathetic sounding board. Contact me and let's chat. My rates for mentorship are reasonable and on a per-project basis that includes lots of conversations, some editing, help with summaries, marketing blurbs, and query letters, and plenty of cheerleading!
The initial 30-minute consultation is free so let's talk!
I love sharing my passion for writing with people eager to improve their craft and get inspired. You can subscribe to my newsletter to learn about upcoming workshops or contact me.
If you're part of a writing group or organization, connect with me and let me know what kind of writing workshop your group would enjoy.
Sample Workshop Topics
- Historical Fiction for Storytellers
- How to Write Compelling Character Descriptions
- Tapping the Experts: Research Tips for Authors
- Exhilarating Indie: Get Published!
- The Hero's Journey: Theme and Plot Development
I'm always open to suggestions. What does your group want to learn? How may I be able to help? The workshops are all interactive, engaging, and practical. Participants leave with lots of notes and plenty of inspiration to apply to their own writing.
From Pandora Ballard, Past President, Programs, and Publicity, Tri-City Wordsmiths, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Carol Cram gave a wonderful program to our group on everything a writer wants to know about creating historical fiction. She covered all the elements in a professional PowerPoint presentation, including six guidelines for writing historical fiction ... Her presentation was applicable to writers in any genre, and I highly recommend attending one of her sessions, should it come to your local library or writers’ group.
From Lynne Moran, Facilitator, North Shore ElderCollege Society
Carol Cram has kindly presented to our North Shore ElderCollege on several occasions to rave reviews. Her presentations include readings, discussions and fascinating historical references of the times in which she sets her novels. You can tell Carol was a highly skilled University instructor as her presentations are clear, concise, full of humour and so engaging. I for one look forward to her next novel and hope she will present to our group again.
Sheila McClelland, Authors in Our Community Program, West Vancouver Memorial Library
It was my pleasure to have worked with Carol when she presented her novel Towers of Tuscany in October 2014. Carol is delightful to work with and gave me any information I needed on a timely basis. I attended the presentation she gave and was very impressed with the information she presented for her talk. She presented her book very well and gave lots of information for new or aspiring authors. I heartily support doing any promotion with Carol.
From Cathy Scrimshaw, Past President/Past Library Liaison: North Shore Writers Association
Carol Cram participated in the North Shore Writer’s Festival 2015 as a presenter for the North Shore Writer’s Association’s sponsored event. Carol prepared and presented a 90-minute workshop, complete with a printed handout and a PowerPoint presentation on The Hero’s Journey, to an audience of approximately 80 participants. Carol’s workshop was professional and polished, and the reviews from participants were excellent. She also participated in a Local Authors Evening at the North Vancouver City Library, in which she and other local authors read from their works. Again, her reading was very well received by those attending. I consider her to be a polished, professional presenter who approaches her work with enthusiasm and expertise. She would be an excellent addition to any program.
Consulting & Mentorship Testimonials
From Edythe Anstey Hanen, author of the poignant and compelling novel Nine Birds Singing:
Carol has been my guiding light through the long writing journey of getting my novel from a first draft to publication. Not only was she a trusted sounding board when I needed honest feedback, her advice comes from a wealth of knowledge and experience that she shares with openness and joyful exuberance. She helped me focus when I was losing my way and provided me with clear understanding and comprehension of what it means to be not just a writer, but to write well. Carol’s knowledge, encouragement and support has been invaluable to my writing experience.
From Patricia Lalonde, www.patricialalondecfp.com, a fantastic financial planner:
Carol worked with me on two major writing projects and her work was the icing on the cake! She has an enormous talent in seeing the pages the way they SHOULD be so that the reader/student will get the most out of the material. Thank you Carol!
Finding the right words to communicate your message takes time away from your business. Instead of wrestling with sentence structure and syntax, consider turning over your content development to someone who loves working with words as much as you love working in your business.
I bring over 30 years of experience as a business writer to help your company reach and respect all your intended readers. As the author of over 50 textbooks on business communications and computer applications and with clients across Canada and the United States, I have the track record your company needs to put your best words forward.
Contact me to discuss your project. You can also check out my business website - www.carolcramconsulting.com for more information.
Business Writing Testimonials
From Dr. Tom McKeown, my wonderful mentor and long time associate in Clear Communication Consultants:
For over two decades, I’ve worked closely with Carol and know first hand her rare ability to write and format clear and effective business documents. She strips away unnecessary words and keeps her focus always on the needs of her readers. Carol has written and co-written numerous documents for me over the years–from manuals to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to training materials to presentations. She is also a gifted workshop facilitator with a knack for engaging and challenging participants. I recommend her without reservation to any company that needs the services of a talented and conscientious writer, trainer, and document designer.
From Nerys Poole, a retired lawyer and awesome mayoral candidate:
I am a retired lawyer and in 2011 ran for mayor of Bowen Island. Carol was a highly valued and essential member of my campaign team. She would take my long-winded written materials and turn them into clear, succinct messages that expressed what I wanted to say but much more effectively. She assisted me in my public speaking, both in helping me make my points briefly and concisely and in giving me tips to improve my delivery during our practice sessions. Carol did not just create materials – she listened to the messages I wanted to give and, with her editing skills, was able to give them a polish and a finish that really helped me to get my point across. I would highly recommend Carol to anyone or any business that is looking for a very astute mind to assist with writing or editing documents.
From Christie Grace, www.christiegracemusic.com, a beautiful jazz singer and amazing jeweler on Bowen Island:
Carol’s expertise went above and beyond my expectations. She transformed a boring thirty-two page detailed marketing plan into an appealing, clear and artistic twenty-six page indexed document that I was proud to submit. Not to mention the fun we also had together during the process.