Before there was Lake Wobegon or Hugh Glass, there was something even tougher and less likely to smile: Sweden. Sweden is where your host, Catherine Berlin, created a new way to teach writing, a way to bring out the brilliance and confidence in all writers.
'Dig,' the country said to her. 'Now dig deeper.'
Not being one to challenge authority, Catherine did as she was told. In the process she discovered two new writing tools, and then developed two university writing programs.
Hi, I'm Cate Berlin, and yes, every writer has what it takes to be a great. How do I know my methods will work for you?
I’m a lawyer, the investigating, writing kind of lawyer. I pull back curtains and ask questions. I analyze. I take nothing--nothing--for granted. I am also the appellate and trial kind of lawyer whounderstands how people hear proof. Every word we use can haunt or save us. The great take away from all this? Writing isn’t magic. Writing is commitment.
I’m a teacher. I began teaching writing at the flagship campus of the State University of New York. The students were smart, they had distinct voices, and yet they seemed uncertain how to write for themselves instead of a grade. In time they became fearless. They got it. Style is personal, but you don't have to discover yours alone. I offer a Writer's Table for Two.
I’m a therapist, for your writing. Got block? Need a hand mining your mind for content? To experience the joy of functional free fall, I've got exercises for you. Before you know it, you are telling me that you’re too busy writing to talk. You'll stop needing me.
I’m a writing developer. You want to know if your story works. Perhaps you lost the thread of your theme. Maybe you need more characters, or fewer? Objectivity is key.
I’m an author. I am a magazine columnist, as well as a fiction and non-fiction writer, and have been published for over three decades. Whatever you want to write, I can help.
Now, through video conferencing she can become your own private mentor, editor, or ghostwriter. Submit a sample of your writing to the email below to get started.