Work With Me

Since 2013, I’ve been working with other writers through Story Is A State of Mind.

I also work privately with other writers in a limited capacity: I’ve gone through so many writing struggles of my own, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with you.

Contact me if you have questions.

Here are some nice things people have said about working with me:

Sonal Champsee has always impressed me with her creative practicality. From the moment I met her, I knew that she’d made a choice – she’d chosen writing – and that there was a great deal of power in her choice…. Her writing shows careful interest in emotional truth, love, communication, and honest human interaction. ~ Sarah Selecky, Giller-shortlisted author of This Cake is For the Party

This is probably the best online course I have taken. I learned so much over the seven weeks about the various components of a story and the process of critiquing. The class was very structured, with lessons, writing exercises and the opportunity to workshop our own stories. Sonal’s critique of my work was very helpful. ~ Rhonda Parkinson, past student

This workshop was the perfect remedy for a stubborn story. The feedback I received was incredibly valuable in helping to improve my writing, and re-motivate me when I was struggling. The information Sonal provided throughout the course also helped me to consider stories from a new, refreshed perspective. Now that I’ve completed the workshop, I believe I return to my notebook a better reader and writer! ~ Jen Schulmeister, past student

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sonal twice: first as a student of the Story Intensive program and then in her summer Online Writing Workshop. She is a terrific teacher with a brilliant editorial sense; her critiques are insightful and encouraging. I loved every minute of her feedback and guidance, and highly recommend her to any writing student or writer in need of a top notch editor.  ~ Donald Wilson, past student.

I thoroughly enjoyed my weekly meetings with the talented and insightful community of Sonal’s online writing workshop. Lively discourse on our own work, in conjunction with Sonal’s selection of well-crafted readings, enabled me to consider new avenues for my story. What an enjoyable and productive seven weeks! Thank you, Sonal.
~ Melanie Bergman, past student

Sonal is an excellent writing teacher! I was nervous to try and fit this class in during a busy time in my life, but I’m grateful I jumped in because the lessons I learned from her were invaluable! Sonal’s reading suggestions contained great humor, tragedy, empathy and misunderstandings-I loved so many of the pieces. Most importantly, Sonal’s writing advice was practical, clear and deep! I highly recommend working with her if you have the chance!
~ Anne Heaton Singer-Songwriter, past student

I had the good fortune of working with Sonal this past summer in a fiction workshop. Good fortune for me, I should say, because she read and critiqued one of my short stories. I discovered that Sonal has an editorial vision unlike any I’ve encountered before. She has the ability not only to see what’s wrong with the ‘big picture’ of a story, but also to make concrete and useful suggestions for how to fix it. And this was true not just of my work, but of everyone’s in the workshop. Her feedback was essential to me getting my story on track ~ Michelle Barker, author of The Beggar King.

Sonal is a terrific editor and reader. She’s given me helpful advice at every turn, and has helped me tremendously on many of my manuscripts, including my recent Pushcart-nominated story, “Here Be Dragons.”  ~ Chris Tarry, author of How To Carry Bigfoot Home

Looking forward to working with you!


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