Teaching writing at a local elementary school, and, later, working in critique groups with renowned essayists, has given me a passion for coaching writers. Helping another writer find that one little tweak that transforms a paragraph from one that works to one that sings is every bit as addictive as writing my own pieces. If you’re serious about writing, whether you’re a high school student working on a college application essay, an aspiring writer, or a published journalist interested in venturing into personal essays, I can help you define the theme of your piece, figure out what fits and what doesn’t, find a structure for it, and make the most of every word. I want you to have satisfaction of really nailing a piece of writing. There’s nothing like it.

The scope of our relationship is up to you. I’m willing to coach you through one crucial piece of writing, or work with you through a whole semester, helping you to meet your writing goals.

I offer special rates for students.

Send me an email, and let’s talk about where you want to go with your writing.


  • Whenever I’m stuck on an essay, or I’m wondering if I have a solid story to share, Jody Mace has helped me navigate the journey. I love how she can read one of my essays and drill down exactly what I want to say in just a few sentences. It’s simply amazing how she quickly qualifies everything I’m trying to say when I’m not even sure what I’m trying to say!

    She is honest and forthright in her reviews, but most importantly, she offers specific suggestions to help you revise your work. And her edits are always spot on! In every case, Jody’s comments and suggestions have helped elevate my writing to the next level. She truly is an essay goddess who not only has a solid grasp of the genre, but also a wicked sense of humor that she brings to her own writing.

    Amy Paturel, essayist (Parents, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, New York Times’ Motherlode)