It’s all finished. But is your memoir fully done? Done right. And done well. I’ll take your completed memoir manuscript and test its critical points. Is your story problem strong? Your writing voice clear and confident? Your story structure strongly narrative? Your anecdotes detailed and contextual? Your insights reflective? Your turning points consequential? Your theological exploration honest, deep and wise? Your motivation fair? Your conclusions heart-opening? Your writing evocative and beautiful? Such things and more go into developing an effective spiritual memoir. This analysis applies such tests to your work, offered in timely written feedback designed to provide both celebration and critique of what you’ve accomplished and what’s left to do to finish your memoir well.

My fee for this work is $429. Includes an initial consulting call of up to 90 minutes, discussion of your memoir concept, a full read of your manuscript—followed with detailed written feedback of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, plus suggestions for effective revisions, refinements and improvements. While not a line edit, this service offers a full content analysis, including suggestions for key edits and revisions.

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Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author and journalist whose personal essays on faith, family, race and personal healing have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine, Christianity Today, the Washington Post’s “Acts of Faith” blog, The High Calling and other faith-related and news blogs, and aired on National Public Radio. Patricia writes top-rated books that dig deep into the intersection of Christian belief and everyday life. She is the award-winning author of My First White Friend, which won the Christopher Award; I Told the Mountain to Move, a 2006 Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today Magazine’s annual book competition; a One Year® devotional on Bible virtues entitled God’s Great Blessings; Bound for Glory, a tribute to African American spirituals, co-authored with calligrapher Timothy Botts; and Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace, co-authored with daughter Alana Raybon.

A journalist by training, Patricia earned a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University, an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a former editor of The Denver Post’s Sunday Contemporary Magazine and a former feature writer at the Scripps Howard newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News. In mid-career, she joined the journalism faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, teaching for 15 years and getting promoted in 2006 to professor emerita. She is now a full-time author who speaks and teaches at writing and diversity/inclusion conferences and retreats nationwide. A member of the Authors’ Guild and JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium), Patricia served recently on the board of the Colorado Authors League and is now a board of trustee member at Denver Seminary. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives with her husband Dan, a retired educator, in her beloved home state of Colorado.


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