Private Mentoring and Coaching

“Kathryn has an uncanny ability to understand who you are and where you want to go as a writer and unlock your potential step-by-step with patience, respect, and eloquence. She is a creative, fun, and resourceful teacher and artist who won’t hold back from you her insights into the inner workings of the publishing world. She’s a gem of a mentor.” — Onur, Washington, D. C.

“Kathryn is an exceptional teacher. As a best-selling author, she knows the publishing industry first-hand. And she is highly adept at refining one’s technical skills without stifling a writer’s voice. Without her mentoring, I would be stumbling along in the dark along my path to publication. Her guidance, support, and knowledge are game changers.” — Lise, Los Angeles, California


Kathryn Aalto is an experienced narrative nonfiction writer, teacher, and mentor. Her warm and supportive mentoring practice gets results. She guides a range of writers, from emerging to experienced, to become better writers of narrative nonfiction. Mentoring is bespoke and diverse. It can include query letters, book proposals, essays and essay collections, narrative nonfiction manuscripts, long-form journalism, and prose poetry. Subjects are equally distinctive and include travel writing, nature writing, cultural critiques, memoir, food writing, profiles, and more. Objectives for each module are bespoke and varied. The focus can be on publishing (writing query letters, developing a book proposal). It can be on particular skills and techniques (voice, narrative presence, scenes, dialogue, characterisation, and more). It can also be on best professional practices (finding time to write, developing a writer’s mindset, acquiring an agent).  Feedback is focused on ways to maximize your manuscript, reveal more compelling narratives, identify the most cohesive narrative arc, and establishing the right tone to engage the reader.

Each mentoring session includes detailed critical feedback on 20 pages of writing combined with a one-hour discussion of the writing for that week. Meetings are upbeat and enjoyable, take place on Zoom, and are a mix of teaching and discussion.

Kathryn is a New York Times best selling author and public speaker who has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and widely reviewed across all media including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and more. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh was a People Magazine “Best New Book Pick.”  She has a Bachelors in English from Berkeley, a Masters in Creative Nonfiction from Western Washington University, and a Masters in History from the University of Bristol. She is co-founder of the Rural Writing Institute with author James Rebanks (The Shepherd’s Life, English Pastoral). She has taught at the Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley, University of Plymouth, Western Washington University, and Everett Community College. As a public speaker, she has given talks at Cambridge, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Yale, and more. She is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.

£1000 for each 8-session module.