WHAT I OFFER
Editing, critique, and one-on-one coaching services for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
WHO I AM
For my history, sensibility, and cri de coeur approach, this INTERVIEW is a start.
WHAT QUALIFIES ME
EXPERIENCE: I’ve published twelve books, including top NY-agented, unagented, and self-published. For the last six years, I’ve written a weekly arts and culture column, and a monthly column on an unsung saint.
TOP EDITING/STORY SKILLS: I’ve been writing my life for 25 years. I’ve written and recorded over 30 slice-of-life commentaries for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” I’ve published memoir, essay collections, creative non-fiction, blog posts, spiritual reflections, columns, and features.
ORGANIZATIONAL, WRITING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Honed in my former life as a litigation attorney.
NATIONWIDE SPEAKER: I give talks on topics ranging from the creative life to recovery from addiction to our ongoing spiritual awakening.
TEACHING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE: I’ve taught at the LA Writer’s Lab. I’ve received a dramaturge credit for a play that was nominated for Best Play by the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards. I’ve edited and helped shepherd over 50 manuscripts of nonfiction, memoir and poetry.
SUCCESS: I’ve been featured in the Best American Spiritual Writing series, and received numerous “Notable Essay” citations in the Best American Essays series. My memoir Parched was named by The Fix as one of their top ten addiction memoirs. My book Holy Desperation (Loyola Press) won both “Book of the Year” (2018) and also placed first in the Inspiration category from the National Association of Catholic Publishers. I’ve received countless awards over the years from the Catholic Press Association for columns, reflections, and essays.
WHAT I BELIEVE
That books, art, and music have the power literally to save people’s lives–because they saved mine.
I’m passionate about helping you get your own story, essay, column, podcast script or post down on paper. I’m happy as well to share my experience, strength and hope vis-a-vis agent-seeking, publishing, and self-promotion.
So let’s deepen our capacity for delight and wonder!
Let’s live up to our callings!
For surely there could be none nobler than writing.
Heather is one of the country’s premier writing coaches. Just when I was ready to give up on my project and myself, she rescued me. It’s amazing to sit back and listen to her brilliant mind spill forth as she shapes my rambling thoughts and pulls out all the good stuff. Heather can look at a piece of my writing and give me more insight into what it’s really about than I even knew was there. My fear, anguish, and head-banging (so to speak) have turned to confidence. I’m eternally grateful.
–Karin Esterhammer, author of the 2017 memoir So Happiness to Meet You, based on an L.A. Times Travel section article about her two years in Vietnam that received the most hits of any piece that year.
Heather King is queen of encouragement for new writers. She has helped me to be consistent and confident in my work.She is a writer’s companion.
–Rita A. Simmonds, Winner of the Catholic Press Association Award, Best Original Poetry, 2010, 2011, and 2012
Thanks to the editing and the mentoring skills of Heather King, my book, The Oxygen Mask Rule – How My Struggle With Anorexia Taught me How to Survive, is a finalist in the International Book Awards and was given Honorable Mention in the New York Book Festival awards in 2012.
–Martha L. Thompson
“Heather King is an incredibly honest and insightful critic. She helped me see the issues in my new poetry manuscript and suggested ways to correct the problems in tone, image, and even at the level of the word. Heather is an astute and generous reader. She is also very responsive and clear. I’m so glad I asked for her help!”
–Leslie William, author of Success of the Seed Plants (Bellday Books, 2010), winner of the Bellday Prize, and Even the Dark (2019), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.