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Corbin Lewars, M.Ed. is a Seattle-based writing consultant, developmental editor, teacher, and author with over twenty years of experience helping individuals and organizations with their writing goals. Her clients have earned PEN Awards, Nancy Pearl Awards, PNBA nominations, been finalist for the Washington State Book Award and USA Best Book Award, are best selling authors and have been published in NY Times, LA Times, The Sun as well as countless of other literary journals. She helps clients option and convert their manuscripts for screenplays and films as well as walk them through the process of signing and navigating contracts with agents and publishers. She works with writers every step of the way from inception to setting up their book launch (and being the loudest clapper while there).

Dammit, you’re brilliant. Love (and hate) your edits –  exactly what I’ve been trying to do, but have been unable to see/do. I feel a bit overwhelmed, yet hopeful that with your help, this could be a book worth reading.

Let’s getrdone.

Jane Boulware, CVP at Microsoft

She has been called a midwife of stories, forensic editor, master at Rubik’s cubing manuscripts, work wife, relentless, a mind reader, sometimes brutally honest and a host of other adjectives describing how she partners, understands and advocates for her clients and their work.  As a published author, she realizes the solitary nature of writing and emphasizes that there is no wrong time to reach out for writing help. Whether it be for help with an outline, full developmental edit or merely, “Where do I go from here?” consultation, she can help motivate and reignite your vision and enthusiasm for your project. 

She wholeheartedly believes writing and sharing our stories helps individuals and the community at large by connecting and witnessing one another. She has offered writing circles in homeless shelters, one room school houses, prisons, after school programs for at-risk youth, on reservations, in libraries, as Moth style free story events and most recently launched the platform Detour Ahead as a way for artists and writers to connect and express themselves during the pandemic. She teaches at writing conferences, universities and at the Richard Hugo House and is a sought out keynote speaker who has been invited as a TEDx speaker. 

In response to the hardships suffered from the pandemic, Corbin is offering free half an hour consultations on Fridays. She can help you brainstorm next steps for your manuscript, work through a block with you, offer advice on publishing options, flesh out a plot or character arc or any other writerly advice. Email her at corbin@corbinlewars.com to set up a time over the phone, zoom or in person if you are in Seattle and comfortable doing so (socially distanced and outside if possible on my deck overlooking Lake Union).

Some of my client’s books

In addition to being a wickedly skilled editor, Corbin taught me how to organize and structure my manuscript so that it flowed from begging to end. She spent time up front getting to know my story and why I was passionate about writing it and used this knowledge to help explain why she made the changes she made. She was a delight to work with.

Kristin Jarvis Adams, author of Washington Book Award Finalist THE CHICKEN WHO SAVED US: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful.