Your Writing Project

Whether you are an experienced writer deep into your manuscript, or a beginner with only some ideas brewing, these services will help turn your dream memoir into reality.For more information and for a rate estimate, please email

Note: All consultation sessions can be done either in-person, in the new York City area, or  over videoconference (Skype, etc.). 


Shulem did a great job of thoughtfully and carefully connecting my ideas and experiences to the kind of structure that long-form writing requires. I’ve always written from inspiration, and he showed me how to anchor that inspiration in form and structure. I had not previously given form very much thought or attention in an organized way, instead relying on instinct....

If you are looking for a successful, experienced, intelligent, empathetic and disciplined coach, then Shulem is a great choice for you.

--Celeste Aronoff

Private Six-session Memoir Writing Class

A set of six private craft sessions for writers with no manuscript in progress and/or beginner-to-intermediate writing experience.

In these sessions we explore the general principles of memoir writing, complete instructional writing exercises, review the client's raw story material and isolate its most compelling narrative threads, produce a manuscript outline, and much more -- as time allows.


Manuscript Review

A review of a book manuscript (or essay) in progress, an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses, and three one-hour sessions for in-person review and consultation. Subsequent sessions available for additional fees.


Developmental Editing

Take your manuscript from good to great, with this high-level service for advanced writers.

This service includes a thorough review of the manuscript in progress, and coaching on all aspects of the memoir process. Assistance is provided on clarifying the story elements, refining the structure, shaping characters, creating scenes, crafting strong sentences, improving transitions, all the way through to finishing the manuscript.

This service is best for writers with a manuscript in substantial progress, who are committed to seeing it to completion. This also assumes a high level of proficiency with writing skill generally and narrative techniques in particular.

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