The vital link testimonials


I’d like to share some thoughts on things I found valuable at The Vital Link workshop in manuscript development and story coaching, and have been pondering since.

As manuscript development is a niche for my freelance business, I was pleased to get pointers on how I might improve, yet also feel validation that I was doing things right.

I particularly enjoyed what you shared about really engaging with the person behind the words and understanding the writer's intention, and the message or theme of the work. Along with your warning us to be aware of personal ‘triggers’ that might affect our approach to certain stories, this got me reflecting on my own work. It’s improved my relationship with clients and potential clients.

I liked your suggestion about getting away from trying to be perfect. I also can relate quite keenly now to the idea that it requires considerable maturity to be a story coach – to offer honest feedback in a way that is compassionate, to honour the effort but also to hold the space to be of real value.

I found you a very engaging speaker and person. It seemed to me you were being yourself up there at the workshop and at the conference so I particularly appreciate that. Thank you.

- Richard Andrews



The Vital Link was helpful as I am relatively new to doing manuscript appraisals. Ann had some good tips on how to structure the feedback and deliver it to clients.

I tend to come in at the structural editing stage on most new projects, so I also found the step-by-step process from initial contact through to manuscript appraisal and beyond (i.e., the various stages of editing) useful.

I would recommend this workshop to people like me who are expanding their editing services to include manuscript appraisals. 

- Sally Asnicar



I attended Ann Bolch’s workshop The Vital Link: Manuscript Development and Story Coaching at the 2017 IPED Conference.

I was particularly interested as I have been working in this field of mentoring and manuscript development for many years. Ann is an IPED accredited editor, and presented a well organised and professional workshop.

As I near the end of my career, it is encouraging to see such enthusiasm and willingness to share her expertise with other editors. With professionals like Ann, the profession is in great hands. 

- Rae Luckie