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Coaching * Editing* Workshops * Courses * Retreats * Publishing Consultations

Private Consultation and Coaching

I offer Editing, Writing Coaching, Essay and Manuscript Consultations, and Writing Career Consultations on a sliding scale in person or via phone or Skype. Contact me here to inquire about scheduling and rates.

Student and Client Testimonials

This course was my first time participating in a writing workshop, and it's crazy, I didn't know I was capable of the type of writing we were creating. It was a perfect balance of reading, writing and sharing. It was definitely worth the time and money, and I would love to participate in one again. 
 - Austin B., Finance Associate

Gila creates a thoughtful and safe container to do powerful, curious inquiry and self-reflection paired with high quality technique. She strikes a perfect balance of cheerleader and ally, supportive, encouraging, and real. She is a passionately aspirational writer and teacher who can't wait to see what you think of these five essays she loves. I gained great exposure to new writers, types of writing, and techniques. She is deeply committed to supporting you on your journey as a technically adept writer, a publishable essayist, and as a whole, messy, and beautiful human being.  
- Julie A, Community Organizer

Gila was tremendously helpful in working with me on my personal essay. She was able to identify and articulate my thesis immediately, and we went through each part of it, paragraph by paragraph, and identified specific instances where the writing or the ideas behind them could be clarified, deepened, expanded, or minimized. After the consultation, I walked away confident that my essay was dramatically improved, and was excited to begin the revision process. Given her extensive experience as a writer and freelancer, she also had great advice on how to make my essay suitable for publication. I look forward to working with her on my other writing projects as well.
-Charles F., Physician

In Gila's class was the first time I felt comfortable to write vulnerably and about content I have always wanted to explore. I can definitively say, during her course, I grew the most as a writer. This growth was thanks to Gila's lectures and feedback and I am more than grateful. She has been such an understanding and encouraging teacher. I could gush further but I'd rather stop while I'm ahead.
-  Alex N, Student

I really liked that the class was centered on reading, writing, and discussing the readings and each other's writing, with minimal lecturing. This approach really works for me. All of the writing exercises were helpful, and I liked that they were connected to the readings we had just done. Gila was great and I appreciated her positivity and questions that showed active listening/reading. 
- Tim C., Technology Engineer

Class/Workshop/Retreat topics:

  • Lyric Essay

  • Personal Essay and Memoir

  • Writing About the Body

  • Writing about Mental Illness

  • Avant Garde Forms of Creative Nonfiction

  • Nature Writing

  • Jewish Writers and Writing

  • Writing, Yoga, and Meditation

  • Getting Creatively Unstuck (The Artist's Way)

I am happy to teach any of these topics again, as well as develop a new workshop, course, retreat, or lecture for you or your group. 

Abridged Teaching CV:

San Francisco State University
Writing instructor focused on personal narrative, argumentative essay, process analysis essays, and multi-sourced researched essays.

Writing Salon, Berkeley
Writing instructor for Writing about the Body; Chaos into Form: Introduction to Personal Essay; and Generative to Gleaming: Advanced Nonfiction Workshop. 

Brandeis University
Creative writing instructor for summer course including short story, poetry, personal essay, and free writes from prompts. Course culminated in a reading for the public.

Boston College
Guest lecturer on writing about illness and the body.

Pine Manor College
Writing instructor for course on happiness which looked at happiness from spiritual, ethical, philosophical, scientific, anthropological, and psychological perspectives.

Bunker Hill Community College
Writing instructor focused on personal narrative, argumentative essay, process analysis essays, and multi-sourced researched essays.
Writing instructor for an upper-level literature course focused on the reading and critical analysis of poetry, short fiction, and drama.

Cambridge Friends School
Writing and literature instructor for seventh and eighth grades, focused on creative writing, critical thesis-driven essays in response to literary text, personal essay, literary journalism, and comprehension and analysis of literature. I also staffed, edited, and published the school’s literary journal.

Created curriculum and taught a creative writing course for mothers battling substance abuse and addiction in a prison alternative program. The course focused on short story, poetry, personal essay, and culminated in a reading for the public. 

Earthlands Retreat Center
Writing retreat and workshop facilitator for adults. Retreat included yoga, meditation, nature writing, writing personal essay, and workshop. 

Temple Israel
Created and taught curriculum for a high school course for Jewish students in which we read the work of Jewish writers, and wrote on Jewish topics and themes.

A Solutions House
Created and taught curriculum for a writing group for men in a residential treatment center for drug addictions.

Blue Hills Recovery Center
Created and taught curriculum for a writing group for adjudicated boys.