Meet Our Mentors

Some 20 years ago, writer and coach Linda Lane began editing professionally. With a strong sense of story and innate understanding  of writing dynamics, she supports the author’s effort to create a noteworthy work while maintaining story and voice. 

Award-winning books she has edited include    
     • one that was accepted for nomination for a 2010 Pulitzer Prize,
     • one that won the American Book Award 2008, and
     • one that took second place in 2005-2006 National Writers Association Novel Contest.

Her extensive knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and effective word usage, as well as her understanding of the writer’s challenges assures
     • proper structure,
     • vibrant content,
     • powerful connection with the reader,
     • a well-crafted work, and
     • the realization of the author’s goal for excellence in writing. 

In addition to editing herself, she uses her years of experience to teach writers the tools of the trade that will save them thousands of dollars in editing fees throughout their writing careers. 



L. Luis Lopez, retired professor at Colorado Mesa University, taught Mythology, Latin, Ancient Greek, and English Literature. He has published three books of poetry:

     • Musings of a Barrio Sack Boy, which won an award for poetry from Writer’s Digest in 2000;

     • A Painting of Sand;

     • Each Month I Sing, which won the American Book Award in 2008.

He has also published poetry in a number of literary magazines and journals.

Dr. Lopez earned his Ph.D in Medieval English Literature from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Sante Fe, New Mexico. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities to study poetry at Harvard with renowned poetry critic Helen Vendler. In addition, he has taught two National Endowment courses in poetry.

At present he teaches poetry for the the Western Colorado Writers Forum. 


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