"Conquer the Boring in your Storytelling," a Fiction Writing Course for Aspiring Writers

who need love, support, and a kick in the pants
I like it! Enroll me!

Personalized. Engaging. Fun!

Conquer the Boring


  • One-on-one writing course with editor and writing coach Val M. Mathews.
  • Personalized assignments and guidance tailored to each student’s individual strengths and needs.
  • Conquer the boring in your storytelling and keep readers turning the page.
  • Learn the pesky foibles that make aspiring writers look like amateurs, from the vague swamp to jabbering heads disease.

Edits & Coaching

  • Get meaningful and engaging feedback on your fiction from a developmental editor. 25 manuscript pages a month.
  • Immerse yourself in the craft of story writing. Receive personal guidance, examples, and explanations. No nasty red pens here!
  • No need to have a story in progress. You may start with the blank page or with a manuscript draft. It’s up to you!
  • Fun exercises via phone, email, text, or in person. Engaging with an editor and writing coach is key!

Meet-ups & Chats

  • Talk one-on-one with Val via phone, text, and email.
  • Set your own pace. We will schedule times to chat as we go.
  • Unlimited emails and texts.Two phone calls a month. 25 pages of edits.
  • Specific direction and how-tos tailored to where you are as a fiction writer.
  • BONUS: If you live in or near Athens, Georgia, join me at Barnes & Noble for writer research days.

Meet Your Instructor

Developmental Editor & Writing Coach

Val M. Mathews

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

I love this quote from President Teddy Roosevelt because it’s good advice for all writers. I’ve worked with many writers who have wavered between losing their footing and losing their dreams. The kicker is, to stay on the writer’s path, we need both stars and steady feet. For a lot of writers (aspiring and published), that takes a village. I am just one of your villagers.


Happy Customers

Here’s what separates Val from any other coach I’ve ever worked with: she can peer not just into your mind but also your soul and know where you want to take your story, or where you ought to take it, and how to get there … It’s scary, she’s so good. I highly recommend Val, an exceptional writing coach.

Charles "Chuck" Wanager

Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) Nominee 2018

When I got Val’s feedback, I was surprised at the clarity with which she could see what I was trying to do and nudge it in the right direction. Like a master sculptor, she praised what was good and shone a light on what needed work. It was an eye-opening process for me, and Val helped take my writing to the next level.

Jessica Petree

SciFi Writer and Scientist

Who Knew Writing Could Be So Much Fun!

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