Book Collaboration/Manuscript Consulting Bernadette Murphy offers book collaboration and private manuscript consultations for nonfiction and fiction projects of all lengths and in all stages of completion. Please email here for more information.
I met Bernadette during a month-long writing retreat in Bali where she served as my writing coach. She provided wonderful insight and guidance as I took the first steps in writing my novel, Malawi's Sisters (forthcoming from Four Way Books, spring 2019). Bernadette asked pointed questions that helped me develop the story and the characters, and she gently nudged me forward when I was floundering. With her consistent feedback and encouragement, I forged the first draft. She's a joy to work with! -- Melanie Hatter, winner inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize judged by Edwidge Dandicat
Coming from a background heavy in non-literary disciplines I really only possessed the basic concepts regarding writing. I knew what I liked, what I didn’t, what made a sentence work, and an inherent understanding of how to tell a story. Yet all the important bits, the nuts and bolts of structure, character development, unity, coherence, and revision that make for great writing, eluded me. Working with Bernadette filled in a lot of the blanks. She pushed me to dig deeper, to ask myself the hard questions, and to read my work as the reader would. Bernadette took me to the next level and instilled a much needed sense of myself as a writer and strengthened my confidence and ability. -- Patrick O'Neil, author Gun, Needle, Spoon: A Memoir
Bernadette was the first person I worked seriously with on my book Fireflies. I came to her, trembling inside, not sure I was really a writer at all, bursting with pieces of a story that I knew somehow belonged together. She gave me the courage to hold onto those pieces and gather them on the pages. I am amazed that Fireflies was born from that original strange uncertainty. It’s a book I am deeply proud of. Bernadette’s supportive guidance and encouragement were the beginning, my first real steps as a writer. -- Heather Gordon Young, author Fireflies: Finding Light in a Dark World
I consider it a lucky happenstance to have the privilege of working with Bernadette Murphy.Not only does she know a lot about the craft of writing, but she has a way of making it comprehensible to writers at different points of their journey.She also brings with her a wealth of literary knowledge.Many times she has recommended just the right book to read and study in order to develop my own writing.Bernadette’s feedback has proven to be spot-on, and her instincts are impeccable.Her help has been invaluable in getting my words into print, securing a fellowship, and finishing a manuscript.Not every good writer can be a good teacher, and even fewer can be good and kind teachers, however Bernadette possesses all of those gifts. --Natali Petricic, fiction writer
I've had the true pleasure of working on several projects with Bernadette over the years. Not only is her eye for structure and detail one of the keenest in the business, but her approach is perhaps the kindest, most honest, and encouraging I've known. She doesn't push anyone to become someone they're not; she takes the time to equip her clients and mentees with the tools they need to unearth themselves. If it weren't for her, I'd have neither the skill nor the confidence I have now as a writer, artist, and teacher. -- Lee Stoops, fiction writer/essayist
I have worked with Bernadette Murphy for ten years. She has mentored me through countless published essays, and now, specifically, she is working with me on my manuscript. I could not have done any of it without her. Her comments are consistently insightful, helpful and to-the-point. She knows what needs to be done, giving me ways to get there. Bernadette has taught me how to find my voice on the printed page - and how to get it out there for others to read. Bernadette is a real pro. --Heather Haldeman
Bernadette Murphy became my coach when I was new to writing and firmly but gently guided me to a whole new level regarding craft and content. I marvel at her uncanny ability to quickly decipher written material, acknowledge what is working and provide clear suggestions for improvement. A delight to work with, Bernadette is an excellent writing coach, editor and mentor. --Eva Margueriette email@example.com
Bernadette Murphy opens my eyes to the story I haven't seen. She is sensitive and skilled, smart and exacting. She respects my process and pushes me. She is professional, engaging, and tenacious about the heart of my story. --Liz Gilfillan
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