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“April Bosshard is a wise Story Whisperer who has helped me finally shape my novel manuscript into a coherent A-Z draft, finally ready for revision. After almost two decades of wrangling with my manuscript and never able to move past the middle to the end, I was able to use April’s expertise on designing a story to feel confident enough to plow through a draft I feel good enough. She’s like a therapist who understands the human condition, not only with the characters within your story, but with you as a writer as well. Combining both April’s online Deep Story Design class with 1:1 coaching was exactly what I needed! I wish the MFA fiction program I graduated from years ago had someone like April. Her lessons, plus her thoughtful and insightful responses to students, are a gift that keeps giving long after the course is over. Highly recommended!”

~ Lily Chien, San Francisco

Story Coaching

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What is a Story Coach?

Successful novels, screenplays, and memoirs rest on solid story structure and meaningful character development. A story coach helps writers to uncover structural problems and identify possibilities for character growth and transformation. Writers are then empowered to complete their project with greater passion, purpose, and confidence.

A story coach can assist you in bringing a new story to life or guide you to get an existing story back on track.

  • If you’re stalled or blocked, she can get you fired up and moving again.
  • If you’re unable to complete your project, she can hold you accountable to your vision.
  • If your plot falters, your characters lie flat, or your story’s structure is weak or non-existent, she can help you find tips, tricks, and meaningful solutions to revitalize these important story elements.
  • If you have an unruly rough draft without a clear beginning, middle, and end, she can help shape it into a cohesive whole.
  • If you have an idea for a new project but don’t know where to begin, she can guide your process and design a plan to get you started… and finished!

A story coach…

  • is aware of the highs and lows of creative writing
  • possesses strong writing and story craft skills
  • is well versed in story structure and character development
  • is devoted to the process of meaning-making through storytelling
  • honors the mystery inherent in the creative process
  • respects the discipline required to bring vision into form

Email me to set up a free 20 minute consultation. 


Manuscript Consultation

I read novel and memoir manuscripts as well as screenplay drafts. Quotes for this type of consultation are estimated on a project-by-project basis. Please email for more information:


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