About Me: Martha Krausz
Writer, Editor, Coach
"If only she could put them together, she felt, write them out in some sentence, then she would have got at the truth of things." - Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse
Welcome to my website! I grew up in beautiful Marin County with my mother, twin sister, and a houseful of animals. My love for the language arts can be traced back to the 8th grade, and has been a guiding force in my personal, academic and professional life.
In 2014 I received my BA in literature and poetry translation from Hampshire College, Massachusetts. In 2017 I completed my Masters degree in English Literature at Mills College, Oakland, where I explored the anti-imperial implications of Virginia Woolf's mellifluous prose.
No matter where life takes me, I always return to literature for the way language is, like my own path, a web of remarkable, often unmapped, connections. Like Virginia Woolf's novels, our stories need not follow a conventional line to be meaningful; it is in their unconventionality across which meaning, I have found, takes the strongest hold.
With five years of experience as a multi-discipline writing tutor and teacher, and as a lifetime-student to my own writing & publishing journey, I confidently offer writing coaching services to high school & college students, as well as copywriting services to publishing adult authors. As a writing coach, I offer college-essay coaching, analytical & creative writing tutoring, and process-coaching to young adults in the larger Bay Area. As a copywriter, I help authors structure and polish blogs, essays, articles, or short stories on both macro and micro levels (developmental & line editing).
Process-coaching, the appreciation of the writing process as a portal into self-understanding & healing, is integral to all of the work I do, no matter the occassion. Supporting my writing & teaching life is a lifetime of yoga & meditation practice, a growing knowledge of Internal Family Systems-thinking, and both personal experience and professional training in helping young adults release patterns of fear & shame with exercises in self-compassion, love, and positive embodiment. With all of my clients, I use an IFS lens to help them identify the parts or "internal authors" that shape their writing process, work through fear/resistance, and restore leadership to their curious, courageous, core writing self.
I believe writing and embodied healing are cooperative–a growing awareness fortified by my own journey from disembodiment to embodiment, and which has found recent expression my Embodied Writing and Yoga workshops, where we braid meditation, yoga and writing to reclaim trust in our felt experience, and relinquish various forms of self-abandonment (as it applies to writing, movement, relationships, and beyond).
At the end of the day, all of my writing instruction emanates from a core belief that verbal articulation--be it storytelling, close-reading, careful analysis, poetry-writing, or stream-of-consciousness scribbling--is a radical tool that can return us to the truth of our bodies, help us make sense of our complex lives and perceptions, and ultimately release the fictions that underlie shame and fear.
Whether you are writing a personal statement, a creative nonfiction essay, a story collection, or a blog, my joy lies in helping you align your language with your life. Finding this unity is incredibly fulfilling, but it is also a difficult and constant practice, to which I am happy to be dedicating my personal and professional life.
To end, a few words from my favorite authors. . .
~ “For it would seem . . .that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.” — Virginia Woolf, Orlando.
~ “It was by listening to the truths of other women that I learned how to better listen to my own. It is by writing this that I learned about the words we must say to our bodies, how truly we must mean them.”- Melissa Febos, Girlhood
“The body knows. When your heart sinks. When you feel sick to your gut. When something blossoms in your chest. When your brain gloriously pops. That’s your body telling you the One True Thing. Listen to it.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
Please email me at email@example.com to learn more about my work, and to see how I might support you!
I look forward to connecting.