My friend Minal Hajratwala does a fair bit of writing coaching, which I think is also an interesting approach. Would I be a good writing coach? Is that a useful thing to have? It's not a service I ever paid for as a writer, and I have a certain hesitancy about the entire concept -- but on the other hand, I had the freedom as a young adult to go enroll in graduate programs for writing, and I think I got a tremendous amount out of not just the classes, but the meetings with my advisors. Maybe especially those meetings.
Maybe for adults who are working / parenting and don't have time for a graduate degree, or even time for a regular writing class that might meet at inconvenient times, having a personalized writing coach who can work with their schedule is worth paying extra for? What do you guys think? Are writing coaches actually helpful, or does it feel skeevy / scammy to you?
I'm honestly not sure why I feel a bit of the latter vibe to the idea; I'm trying to figure that out. I totally respect Minal and think she'd be a great help to a lot of new writers, for example, so clearly I don't think it's automatically problematic in her case. But the concept still worries me a bit.