Creative Consulting

Pandora's Cluster, photo by Spitzer Space Telescope,
Pandora’s Cluster, photo by Spitzer Space Telescope,

Creativity is an infinite resource in which we swim, like an electric bath of radio waves. It’s the song of a musical universe which is always happy to serenade.

Want to boost the signal of your creativity? To tune in more clearly to your personal, particular melody? Creative consultation can help. I offer individual sessions and, for written work, developmental editing.

My Background

As an English major at Berkeley, I mastered the knack of writing academic papers. After college, I decided to try my hand at creative writing. It worked — see my Publications — but first I had to figure out how to set aside the analytical, critical mindset I learned in school in order to move into the more open space necessary for writing fiction and poetry.

Composition VIII, by Wassily Kandinsky
Composition VIII, by Wassily Kandinsky

I learned about my own process firsthand, and along the way I studied creativity whenever I could. I formalized that study in my graduate work, and am now writing a doctoral dissertation about myth and creativity. I also discovered the joy of sharing my knowledge with others.

Creative Consultation

I offer individual, one-hour consultation sessions for people engaged in creative work. Sessions occur in person or on video chat.


These conversations create a safe space to incubate projects and fine-tune your process. We work through blocks, we play with ideas,  we address the logistics that support your work, like scheduling and time management. I share impressions and suggestions with you, and we very well might discuss archetypes and myth. These sessions can provide vital nutrients for tuning into your creativity: inspiration, imagery, and validation.

Developmental Editing
Newton, by William Black
Newton, by William Black

Outside of consultation sessions, I can read drafts of your writing, then offer feedback to you either in writing or during a session. My suggestions focus on structure, argument, direction, and possibilities for further development. My goal is to help you take your work to its own next level. I workshop fiction, nonfiction, and academic writing.


To schedule a session, email me at joanna at joannagardner dot com.