[Fiction] Writer Coaching Program

Led by Author Alisha Sevigny

12-week program begins on January 31st, 2023. 6 writers only!

In this 12-week writer coaching program you will work closely with Author, Editor, and former Literary Agent Alisha Sevigny (and fellow writers) to improve your craft and create the best version of your fiction book.

Plus, you'll learn how to pursue a publishing deal from a 6-time published author!

Follow your literary dreams and create the best version of your book

Do you have a fiction idea that’s been percolating in your head, but no idea what to do with it? How to build it up? How to know if it even has legs—let alone mould it into a cohesive plot with compelling characters? 

Or, do you have a completed manuscript, but know that it needs some help?

At the end of this 12-week program, you’ll raise your writing and your novel to the next level. 

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What to expect

From our experience helping hundreds of writers with their novels (and being writers ourselves), we know that writers improve fastest when they share their writing, get feedback, then incorporate that information into their work. 

The best kind of feedback is from an expert in the field, someone who has written and published several books, edited numerous others, and helped publish many authors as a literary agent—someone like Alisha Sevigny, who will lead this coaching program.

Because this program is limited to 6 writers, everyone will have a chance to share their work each week and receive critical feedback to revise and improve their manuscript, both from Alisha, and their peers.

At the end of the 12-week program, you will have part or all of a book written, and you will be well-positioned to publish, either traditionally or by self-publishing.

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Boost your motivation in a supportive peer group

There is no better motivation for writers than getting instant feedback on their work. In this program, you will share your work (up to 5,000 words each week) and receive helpful feedback and guidance from Author Alisha Sevigny and other writers in the program. 

Consider this a kind of “Writer Boot Camp” that will build you into a better writer, help you finish your book faster, and create the best, most polished product at the end of the 12 weeks.

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Meet your writing guide

Alisha Sevigny is a former literary agent, current freelance editor and published author of several acclaimed Young Adult (YA) novels, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, KISSING FROGS, and the SECRETS OF THE SANDS trilogy, set in Ancient Egypt.

THE LOST SCROLL OF THE PHYSICIAN from her SECRETS OF THE SANDS series has been nominated for 3 awards in Canada: Red Cedar Book Award, MYRCA Sundogs Award and Hackmatack Awards. 

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS was a finalist in the YA category for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award out of all of North America.

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Books Published by Alisha's Clients

As a former literary agent with The Rights Factory, Alisha has had the pleasure of representing many talented domestic and international clients, including a holistic beauty guru and a renowned environmental activist, as well as several debut fiction authors:

  • Kristen Ma (Beauty, Pure and Simple)
  • Emily Hunter (The Next Eco-Warriors)
  • Susan Glickman (The Tale-Teller, Safe as Houses)
  • Aya Tsintziras (Pretty Bones)
  • Karen Wheeler (Tout Allure, Tout Suite)

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Who is this program for?

  • “The Novice”: Writers who have an idea.
  • “The Dabbler”: Writers who have some chapters written.
  • “The Finisher”: Writers who have a completed manuscript.
  • Fiction writers who are willing to write & revise up to 20 pages weekly to share for weekly feedback.
  • Writers who want to accelerate their progress toward publishing in a 12-week, intensive coaching program, under the guidance of an experienced author, professional editor, and former literary agent.
  • Self-published authors who were not happy with the success of their previous book(s).

Who is this program NOT for?

We have designed a program that’s meant to support writers who are at many stages in the writing process, but this is not for everyone. The format and approach will likely not suit the following writers:

  • Non-fiction writers.
  • Writers with a completed manuscript who are unwilling to make potentially major changes to their book.
  • Writers with a polished manuscript who are primarily interested in learning how to land a publishing deal.
  • Traditionally published authors who are already familiar with writing process challenges including finishing multiple drafts, seeking peer feedback, working with an editor, querying an agent, and landing a book deal.
  • Writers who are unwilling to write and submit new work weekly.

Results you can count on

Picture holding the first printed copy of your book in your hands. Picture seeing it on store shelves around the world. Picture pulling it up on Amazon and seeing thousands of five-star reviews.

This 12-week intensive mentorship will help you get there. 

This program is led by Alisha Sevigny, a 6-time published author, professional editor, and former literary agent (with 10 years of experience). She knows great writing and what publishers—and readers—are looking for.

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Stop agonizing over your book

Look, you've spent enough time trying to get the story inside of your mind out onto the page.

You've read countless blogs on three-act structures and creating relatable characters.

You've tried your best to stay motivated long enough to finish a first draft.

You've learned how to plaster a smile on your face and spew vague answers when your friends ask about the progress of your book.

You could stay in this place, confused about the path to publication, unsure of your talent. 

You could continue trading pages with amateur writing friends you met online, scrolling through blogs, wasting time on Twitter.

You could enrol in yet another writing course with no new information.

...But we'd rather help you leave a legacy for the world in the pages of your book!

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Program Format

  • Duration: 12 weeks. Next program begins on January 31, 2023.
  • Meetings: Tuesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Eastern Time (Toronto/NYC) weekly.
  • Share your work and post questions at any time on our private Slack channel for feedback and discussion.
  • Weekly: Slack check-ins from Author Alisha Sevigny, who will provide feedback on your writing and guidance on your project.
  • Most Weeks: 2-hour, live group video chat sessions with Alisha and your peers.


Program Schedule, January-May 2023

(Dates subject to change.)

January 31: Introductory video chat and first sharing and feedback session
February 7: Video session
February 14: Slack session
February 21: Video session
February 28: Writing catch-up week
March 7: Slack session
March 14: Video session


March 21: Slack session
March 28: Video session
April 4: Writing catch-up week
April 11: Slack session
April 18: Video session
April 25: Slack session
May 2: Video session


In this program you will receive weekly feedback that will help you improve your writing, find accountability and motivation, and join a fun, supportive community so that you can produce your best short story and get published faster—all under the guidance of an established literary agent.

The cost for 12 sessions and ongoing engagement via Slack is USD$1,495 USD $1,795.

Want even more intensive mentorship? Add as many 1-on-1 mentorship sessions with Alisha as you like.


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Need advice about writing or publishing your book?

with one of our Writer Consultants (who are also writers), to discuss your writing project, ask all of your burning questions, and, receive expert advice about the path forward.

Or email us with your questions. We try to accommodate all special requests.

What Writers Are Saying About Alisha Sevigny

"Alisha combed through my 140,000 word manuscript offering many different strategies that I could employ to bring it down to the recommended maximum word count (under 100,000) for the genre in which it would be classified.  Readers have since told me that they were most impressed with the tightness and pace of the book, feeling that every line was worth reading.  There is no doubt in my mind that this high praise was due to Alisha's keen instinct for what a reader wants and needs in order to keep turning the page.  Indeed, this, I would say, is the hallmark of Alisha's own writing. She pointed out plot and character inconsistencies that I had missed, even after much scrutiny and gently curtailed my penchant for overly verbose descriptions. She provides a thorough and discerning voice that will allow you to reconsider and/or validate your work from a fresh and knowledgeable perspective, always keeping the writer's delicate ego in mind.  A pleasure to work with from beginning to end."
— P.H. Oliver

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