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Writer's Services

Ruhama Veltfort has been coaching and assisting writers with works of fiction, nonfiction and memoir for over twenty years. She specializes in helping you develop your own voice, organize your material and build a compelling narrative.

For information on coaching, manuscript consultation, development and substantive editing, contact:

For a complete list of projects Ruhama has worked on, go to


      For our first project, Ruhama took my awkwardly organized manuscript and
edited it into a compelling book that received enthusiastic reviews in scholarly
journals and newspapers, as well as a prize for research.
      For our second project, Ruhama coached me chapter by chapter. That book
took a prize for cross-over writing.
      We are now completing a third book for which she has improved my prose
and my thinking at every stage of the writing process.
      On a practical level, I most appreciate her fast turn-around, with paragraphs
reordered for logic and sentences rewritten for clarity.
      — Thomas N. Layton, Professor Emeritus,
            Department of Anthropology, San Jose State University

     Ruhama totally rescued my memoir and helped me transform it into a real story.
She is a fantastic editor with all the desirable qualities: a mixture of professional,
ruggedly honest, kind and supportive, and never once did I feel that she was trying
to change my voice. I learned how to shape a story, learned my tendencies and
bad habits, and became a better writer.
     Thank you Ruhama!

      —Tanya Denckla Cobb, Associate Director
           Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia