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Nancy Hayes Kilgore, a writer and writing coach, is the winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers Prize. She is the author of two novels, Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017) and Sea Level, a 2011 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. Nancy has published in the anthology Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s, in literary journals, as a Vermont Public Radio Commentator, and online at Grandparents.com.

Formerly a parish pastor (Presbyterian and Congregational,) Nancy has been a pastoral counselor(psychotherapist) for over twenty-five years



Coaching for Writers

Creative writing is the most rewarding, satisfying, and joyful activity I know. It is also the hardest! Getting into our deepest spirit, or soul, is also coming into our place of authentic creativity. Hildegard of Bingen, one of my muses, taught that there is a divine spark within each human being, a spark that it is important to nurture and cultivate through creative expression. The hard part is not only allowing ourselves to go there but staying there when we come up against obstacles – the things we don’t like or want to see within ourselves.

In my creative writing classes and individual coaching, I use my grounding in spirituality, meditation, and psychotherapy to help you go deeper into your creative soul and bring greater depth to your writing. We also work on the fundamentals like sentence structure, word usage, character development, plot structure, and editing.

I love working with writers and can help you get your manuscript finished and in the best possible shape to submit! contact me: nancy.hayes.kilgore@gmail.com

for workshops and retreats see: Events page

Testimonial  Nancy helped me edit my fictionalized memoir. I’d had a bad experience with a Writer’s Workshop critique and didn’t know where to start with revising the work. She was kind and encouraging and over three months we went through the 250-page document. Her suggestions and coaching with structure, transitions and characterization were highly valuable. I had fun with the process. It was such welcome assistance at a critical time.             – Andrea O’Connor, Hot Yoga Burlington Teacher, Mindfulness Guild


from reviews of Wild Mountain: 

“Kilgore weaves a tight tale about the complications of a community at odds….Wild Mountain is a quiet, beautiful novel full of sensuous descriptions of rural Vermont and the lives of those who reside there….The book’s central problem—our inability to communicate and understand—is what makes this book’s central message so relevant today.”  —Lambda Literary.org

“Nancy Kilgore skillfully peels away the layers of what might otherwise be a quaint town in Vermont. She has keen insight into human strength and frailty and unleashes a cauldron of history, magic, secrets, petty politics flavored with the Freedom to Marry bill, and love. A fine book by a talented writer.”                                – Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of  The Tiger in the House.

More reviews on the  Wild Mountain page




Listen on Shelagh Shapiro’s popular radio show  Write the Book

Read on Deborah Kalb’s blog: Book Q&A with Deborah Kalb

Read an interview with Kim Church on Fiction Writers Review