Jan Michael Sherman is a veteran creative writer, journalist and editor
who spent years freelancing for such noted publications as the Toronto
Daily Star, Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Free Press, and Rolling
His two decades as a
Hollywood television and screen writer and Creative Writing instructor
has given him a special knowledge, understanding, and insight into the
complexities of writing for film and he has functioned as a "Script
Doctor" on a number of feature film screenplays.
He has worked in Hollywood
and Vancouver as a respected Script Analyst, his services being retained
by (among others) Telefilm Canada to critique, assess, and evaluate
feature film and Movie of the Week scripts.
Jan Michael also has
extensive experience as a Story Editor for film and book projects.
Jan Michael is able
to offer a wide variety of creative writing services at affordable fees
to writers in need of serious, no-bullshit professional assistance with
their various projects. Jan Michael offers committed, fully-involved
participation and can guide you in bringing out all the possible potential
in your particular writing project – be it movie script, short story,
novel, non-fiction book, personal professional biography or career resume.
If you're having trouble writing or editing it – "The Word-Doctor" is
all the help you need.
Screenplay Analysis and Rewriting:
written the next hot feature film, but somehow it isn't coming together
the way you envisioned? Maybe the main plot's dragging, the characters
sagging, the dialogue flagging you down to a crawl, and/or the structure
just ain't there! The Word-Doctor can help you whip that puppy into
Have you written a
fiction or non-fiction book, but have no one qualified to give it a
professional, critical "read" – to feed back the kind of editorial commentary
you need to make your book the very best it can possibly be?
The Word-Doctor will
work with you hand-in-hand – page-by-page – editing your manuscript
so that when you're ready to submit it, publishers' flunkies won't automatically
reach for the REJECTED stamp!
Personal Biography Development:
Need to write a personal
biography – but find it impossible to write about yourself with any
real objectivity or conviction? The Word-Doctor can shape the facts
of your Personal Life Narrative so that when you read it you'll
say "Yeah! Yeah! That really is me – my life's more interesting than
Short Story & Song Lyric Consultation:
The Word-Doctor can
help aspiring short story writers and songwriters rewrite and polish
their work to competitive, professional standards.
Unblocking Writer's Block:
Because the Word-Doctor
also happens to be a fully-credentialed Counselling Psychotherapist,
he is always available to help his clients work through issues which
are temporarily interrupting, stalling, or in any way interfering with
their creative flow and process. Quite often just the act of
working with another creative personality can free up one's personal
process – can be a Therapeutic Experience!