Coaching and Workshops

I offer one-on-one writing coaching services and group workshops. I specialize in speculative genres (science fiction, fantasy, horror), and short stories.

If you need an editor, I can recommend one.

One-on-one writing coaching:

This is a specialized service to help you reach your writing goals and to improve as a writer in a positive, supportive, encouraging, and principled way. In our initial communication, we will clarify your goals and come up with a plan to help you reach them; part of this process is sending me a sample of your work, which I will review in order to provide a combination of structural/developmental edits, line-edits, and copy-edits. In our meeting, I’ll discuss the rationale behind the edits, offer suggestions, observations, and things to work on. Meetings are typically separated by a week or more to give time to work on things, and so that I have time to review the next sample. It is an iterative process.

My rate for writing coaching is $80/45 min session for individual writing coaching, or $60/session for a package of 4 sessions. For each session you can send me a sample up to 4000 words in advance, which I will edit prior to the meeting. An introductory/trial coaching session is an option at $20/30 minutes, and a sample up to 2000 words, just to see if this is the right service for you.

If you are in Toronto, we can meet in person at a location that is convenient for you, otherwise we can use Skype/Zoom/Discord for virtual meetings.

Path-to-Publication Option

I offer a package of 6 writing coaching sessions at a rate of $60/session (45 min; and 4000 words/session) for previously unpublished authors only. As soon as you get your first semi-professional publication, I give you CAD $100! It’s the best value for writing coaching, and it gives you an additional incentive to get your work published.

Note: I have no space for clients currently; the next opening will probably be in May 2020; let me know if you would like to be added to the wait-list, and I’ll notify you when a spot becomes available.

Speculative Short Fiction Bootcamp/Workshop-Series:

This is a specialized workshop series for writing speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and speculative horror) short stories, comprising four two-hour workshop sessions over a four week period.

Each session is split between brief introductions of important concepts (<5 min) with associated exercises and writing prompts designed to develop particular skills, and group beta-reading feedback sessions. Over the course of the series, participants will develop fundamental skills while getting their own short story/stories publication-ready. Exercises and prompts are based on participant interest and on feedback sessions, in order to build on participant’s existing knowledge and skill base (“scaffolding”), but will include some combination of: narrative lensing, story structure and plotting, loglines, filter words, psychic distance, free indirect style, “show” versus “tell”, sensory perceptions in description, dialogue mechanics, world-building and the speculative premise, and market research and the submission process.

The workshop series of four-sessions is $200 for an individual participant. If you know other people who are interested, I also offer group rates: 2 participants $350; 3 participants $500; 4 participants $600; 5 participants $650; 6 participants (max group size) $700.

We hold meetings in downtown Toronto (location given to participants only).

Meeting times are variable.

Note: I have no space for additional bootcamp/workshop clients currently; the next opening will probably be in May 2020; let me know if you would like to be added to the wait-list, and I’ll notify you when a space becomes available.

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David F. Shultz (MA, BEd, OCT) writes and edits speculative fiction from Toronto, ON, where he also runs the 640+ member Toronto Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers group  and is lead editor for the TDotSpec Inc, where he has overseen the production of five Amazon #1 best-selling anthologies. His over-sixty published works are featured or forthcoming through publications such as Abyss & ApexThird Flatiron, and Diabolical Plots. More information can be found at


“As a novice writer this was a very helpful and constructive experience. David was professional and incredibly knowledgeable, providing insight into methods and techniques standard to the craft. As I lacked any formal training, it was invigorating to receive professional help.”

“My discussions with David were immediately productive and enjoyable. David’s easy professionalism and naturally focused demeanor allowed for us to seamlessly bypass my anxiety, work together on specific tasks, set goals for me to work on and get clarity on any uncertainties with a minimum of awkward confusion or wasted time. I enjoyed the process, understood exactly what to do next and was left motivated and inspired.”

“I really enjoyed working with David. He was very constructive and everything felt like a suggestion, like editing with a friend.”

“David was extremely pleasant, helpful, and professional. I really got the sense that he cared about my writing and wanted to help me achieve my goal of being published.”

“David is extremely knowledgeable on both writing craft and the publication process. He teaches without being patronizing and is always supportive. David offers valuable insights and suggestions on how to make my work stronger and how to meet my goals. Though I have worked with writing coaches, taken formal craft courses and attended workshop groups in the past, reviewing David’s feedback to my work has taught me many things I didn’t know in a very short period of time.”

“Very helpful! You met me where I was at, and clarified a lot of questions I had about the form. The submission stuff will give me a great place to start. Thanks above all for the encouragement!”

“It was an excellent learning experience. It was beautifully prepared and well-presented, with plenty of helpful and inspiring examples provided. The pacing was quick, but I think it was essential to keep things moving and cover everything. Your feedback was constructive and judicious. I honestly can’t say how the workshop could have been improved!”

“The workshop was really well-planned and lead by David. It was exactly
what I was hoping for in that I learned techniques and theory that has
directed and defined my writing. It was great that the workshop was
practical too, having had written at least three haiku before it was over –
one of which was published shortly after. […] Thank you David.”