Writing Coach

Steve FitzGerald is an Ohio-based writing coach, international award-winning ghostwriter and Nonprofit Newswire® editor. Since 2010, he has helped members of the Island Writers Club (IslandWritersClub.com) "escape the rat race, identify their writing strengths and focus on their goals."

He also coaches individual writers privately.

FitzGerald is past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland; and the Association of Railway Communicators, Washington D.C.; and founded the Friday the 13th Poets. He has taught and presented at the Allied Media Conference, The Lit, Western Reserve Writers Conference, and several colleges and universities.

Steve is accepting clients again.

"Hi, this is Steve FitzGerald. If you need help with your book or other writing project, email me. Tell me two things: What you're writing (or want to write) and what's holding you back. I'll reply - usually within 48 hours - to learn more and to answer any questions you may have. To see how I've helped other writers and authors, click the 'Writers Say' tab above. Perhaps I can help you reach your writing goals, too. Let's find out."

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Tam Polzer of Perry, Ohio
July 22, 2016 Steve FitzGerald Copywriting Creative Writing Digital Content Fiction Marketing Memoir Nonfiction Novelist Retreats Short Story Writing Coach

“I would recommend a private writing retreat with Steve to anybody who wants to feel accomplished when it’s over.  He worked with me on four very different projects, and I feel good about all of them.  If you’re looking for a good listener, someone who’s patient, professional, precise and honest, and if a person needs a push, Steve is the guy.

“I enjoyed how easy it was for me to communicate with him, whether we were chatting while eating awesome meals or dealing with some nitty-gritty editing.  Overall, Steve made the process fun and went above and beyond what I expected for the price.

“We discussed each day’s goals and what time we wanted to meet in the morning for coffee. We spent 10 or more hours each day working and we even stayed up until 2:00 a.m. one night because we were on a roll. Now, what writing coach would do that??  Steve’s not afraid to work hard.

“My retreat couldn’t have been better.  And I feel blessed to now be friends with such a cool guy.”

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Steve FitzGerald on August 11, 2016

Tam, thank you for your cool review. :-) We certainly worked hard and I'm glad for all your progress!

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Deanna R. Adams of Mentor, Ohio
December 18, 2015 Steve FitzGerald Nonfiction Retreats Writing Coach

“I appreciated the time Steve took to read over my book proposal and the quiet time I had just to get some uninterrupted writing done.  I also enjoyed our chats about the ‘writer’s life.’  The retreat was terrific.  I can’t think of any way in which he could have been better at supporting me and my writing project.  Steve, thank you so much for everything.”

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Steve FitzGerald on December 18, 2015

Dee, you're welcome. I'm thrilled to see that your new book The Writer's GPS: A Guide to Writing & Selling Your Book is out and available online at http://www.amazon.com/The-Writers-GPS-Writing-Selling/dp/1517682274. You put lots of work and time into it, I know. Congratulations!

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Brenda Barbarino of Willoughby, Ohio
August 22, 2015 Steve FitzGerald Nonfiction Retreats Speechwriting

“Steve not only offers professional critiquing, but reaches beyond pen and paper to draw out personal strengths. Gifted with the ability to listen to a writer’s work, Steve will not let your writing talent go untapped. He will persist by asking whatever questions it takes to waken the author within. I plan to attend the spring weekend, and look forward to personal growth, tranquility, and fellowship with the other writers.

“The autumn weekend was incredible!  I enjoyed meeting all, and the cottage was wonderful.  Beautiful lake views, comfortable rooms and those porch rockers… if anyone is debating the spring writing retreat… don’t delay!  It’s a safe weekend, wonderful people, and fun.”

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Steve FitzGerald on December 23, 2015

Brenda, thank you very much for your kind comments.

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Ginny Taylor of Warren, Ohio
February 13, 2015 Steve FitzGerald Creative Writing Fiction Memoir Novelist Retreats Writing Coach

“Steve, your comments on my work were insightful and helpful.  You posed good questions for me to consider, as I moved forward with my writing.  I was able to push through the first 20,000 words of my memoir, and return to the mainland renewed on my mission to write this book.  My private island writing retreat provided an oasis for this writer who has a day job… beautiful setting, charming accommodations, gardens, screened porches, delicious food and a view of Lake Erie. It just doesn’t get any better than this.  Thank you!”

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Steve FitzGerald on February 13, 2015

You're welcome, Ginny! To visit Ginny's blog, click http://GinnyTaylor.com.

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M. E. Betsy McMillan of Perry, Ohio
February 12, 2015 Steve FitzGerald Creative Writing Fiction Nonfiction Novelist Retreats Writing Coach

“I had the unique opportunity to make a private retreat with Steve FitzGerald. What a fabulously productive week I had. I added more than 30,000 words to the novel I am hoping to complete by mid-October. It was incredibly helpful to bounce my ideas off a fellow writer and to discuss the direction my writing was taking. Steve was always ready to read, comment, edit and suggest; a personal writing coach for a week, one who respects the level of your writing needs. I highly recommend this type of retreat to those who are seriously working toward project completion.”

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Steve FitzGerald on February 13, 2015

Betsy, I appreciate your endorsement. Thank you. Visit Betsy's website at http://www.memcmillan.com/

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Steven Ells of Gates Mills, Ohio
September 13, 2014 Steve FitzGerald Creative Writing Fiction Journalism Nonfiction Retreats

“Excellent.  The writers who came all contributed.  Steve gave us everything we needed to enjoy the weekend and grow as writers.  Lots of good food, three fun writing challenges and a little tour of this unique part of Middle Bass island.  I felt as I got in my car and drove back home that it was the best writers retreat I had ever attended.”

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Cynthia Hill of Cleveland, Ohio
May 29, 2014 Steve FitzGerald Memoir Nonfiction Retreats

“Steve got us writing and sharing with his creative assignments and provided us ample time to write, as we gathered on the sunny wrap-around porch with our laptops and notepads. Conversations were just as filling as Steve’s home cooking! I have confidence to take on my memoir project, thanks to the combined wisdom of this amazing group.”

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Maude Campbell of Cleveland, Ohio
February 7, 2014 Steve FitzGerald Journalism Nonfiction Retreats

“Very good idea and a great time.”

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Gina Tabasso of Brunswick, Ohio
October 8, 2013 Steve FitzGerald Creative Writing Poetry Retreats

“(The writing retreat was) amazing as always.”

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Sharon Gimperling of Huron, Ohio
October 7, 2013 Steve FitzGerald Creative Writing Fiction Nonfiction Retreats

“Fabulous!!  Couldn’t have asked for a better writing atmosphere… great support, great people, great food and accommodations!”

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  • Name: Steve FitzGerald
  • Address: P. O. Box 770796 Cleveland, OH 44107
  • E-mail: steve@ohiowritingcoach.com

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