Fiction coaching packages

Here are three ways you can get started on your writing coaching adventure.


1. Dip your toe ­­

One-hour workshop of the first 15K words of your draft. We’ll discuss what’s working, what needs developing or tightening and where the story is going.

You will leave the session with confidence and direction for your next round of writing and editing.

The workshop is recorded so you can work back through it at your own pace.

This can be a stand-alone experience or the beginning of our work together.

 Cost: $450


2. Get going

This three-month intensive of fortnightly workshops will help you expand your writing skills and get your novel on track.

You will finish the program with a swag of new writing insights and ideas, and a refreshed approach to your novel.

How does it work?

After an initial appraisal workshop of your work in progress, we’ll explore the building blocks of a novel and how to apply them to your book. We’ll also look at elements of craft that will help bring your characters to life and draw your reader in emotionally.

Alongside this we’ll work towards developing a chapter outline, which will give you a framework for working on your next draft.


  • six 75-minute workshops (recorded)
  • a copy edit of your most polished chapter, up to 3500 words
  • 30-minute follow-up session

Cost: $1900 (or $1400 if you’ve already dipped your toe)


3. Keep going

This six-month program of monthly workshops will keep you inspired and on track. This program suits graduates of the Get Going intensive and writers who are well underway with their first draft.

You will leave each session feeling encouraged and inspired to keep going, with a clear idea of what’s working, what needs work and what to do next to get one step closer to finishing your novel.

How does it work?

I read your submitted chapters in advance (up to 15K words), we work through them together on screen, then discuss the next steps. The session is recorded so you can go back over it as often as you like.


  • 6 x 75-minute workshops of up to 15K words (recorded)
  • notations on your manuscript sent after each workshop
  • 5 x 15-minute check-in support calls between sessions
  • copy edit of a chapter of your choice, up to 3500 words
  • 30-minute follow-up session


Cost: $2900

(There is the option for a three month program if that’s more suitable for your needs.)

Is writing coaching your next step towards getting published?

Contact Lu


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Lu Sexton

Hello, I’m Lu Sexton. Helping writers get their novel where they want it is my favourite thing to do.

I developed my coaching method through years of working as an editor with new writers. I started offering manuscript appraisals in a workshop setting (rather than as a written report), which the writers really loved, and so did I. So it grew from there.

If you are curious about how I could help you, give me a call or drop me a line.

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Lu has been a pleasure to work with. Her manuscript assessment, one-on-one writing workshops and copy edits have been invaluable in the development of my first novel. Lu has a lot of knowledge and attention to detail which, along with her enthusiasm, really helped me take my manuscript to the next level.

I’d strongly recommend Lu to any writers – she can really help you develop a solid finished product.

Nichola Scurry

Author of 'With the Music'

Lu worked with me on my book Smart Parenting from first draft to publication. Her keen eye for structure, her word magic and her wit made it an unforgettable experience. I’m forever grateful for her support. Can’t wait to work with her on my next book.

Dina Cooper

Dina Cooper

Author of 'Smart Parenting'

Lu has been incredible, her ability to help my voice and give me the guidance and confidence to tell my story has been more than I asked of her. I highly recommend contacting her, no matter what stage you’re at, and you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait until we can work together again…after I implement some her insight and rework a few more chapters. Love ya style Lu 😁

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Shane Cunningham

Creative writer