Book Coaching, Teaching, and Developmental Editing:

“The independent study I took with Ammi Keller was really foundational. I was working on what would become The Mothers years later, and she was someone who really mentored me and also helped me realize the psychological aspects of being a writer.”
—Brit Bennett, author #1 New York Times bestseller The Vanishing Half and “5 Under 35” award winning author of The Mothers

“Whenever writers ask me to recommend classes or teachers to them, my first response is always Ammi Keller. Ammi has a brilliant understanding of craft—everything from large narrative structure down to the smallest lines of dialogue—and she conveys her knowledge in such an insightful yet understandable way. She puts her heart and soul into her teaching and into her relationships with students. Her specific feedback on projects, large and small, is also amazing; her insights immeasurably helped my novel.”
—Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, TX

“Ammi Keller is one of the wisest, most loving, and most beloved teachers of writing I have ever known. Her students and clients count themselves incredibly lucky to have the good fortune to work with her and to experience her great generosity and deep knowledge of writing and life.”
—Sarah Stone, author of Hungry Ghost Theater and co-author of Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers

“I’ve taken two classes with Ammi and her guidance was so valuable in improving my novel. She offered thoughtful feedback and practical exercises for developing my story and characters!”
—Tracey Lange, author of We Are The Brennans

“Working with Ammi Keller has been transformative, personally and professionally. Her intimate knowledge of my process and work, coupled with her intrinsic, almost visceral creativity, has honed my skills and molded my first novel into the book it was meant to be. She is an inspiration, a guiding light, and a blessing writers in any stage of their careers would be privileged to work with.”
—C.J. Miller, novelist in progress

“Ammi is a diligent coach and mentor for anyone who wants to both learn the craft of writing a novel and reach the goal of completing one. She has helped me at every step through constructive feedback and encouraging nudges to keep writing. She provided me with fresh perspectives thus helping the story move forward in unpredictable ways. She pushed my characters to find their voices. She helped me in plugging the loopholes to tighten the writing and the story development.”
—Deepshikha Mehta, novelist in progress

"Ammi has a great sense of how to tackle a revision. She's especially helpful in prioritizing tasks so that you're able to form an effective plan that doesn't feel overwhelming. It really feels like she's in the trenches with you, rather than watching from some far-off place."
—Jacquie Walters, writer and producer for TV and Stanford Novel Program graduate

“I got to know Ammi during my first quarter in the Stanford OWC Novel Writing program. As a first generation brown immigrant I had heard enough about MFA and writing programs in general that are not as understanding of points of view different than the mainstream, so was going to assess the program after my first quarter. I decided to stay in that program in large part because of my experience with Ammi. While an excellent teacher, Ammi’s uniqueness lies in her empathy and in her desire to understand and engage with worlds that are different. There is a certain understanding of humanity that she brings that has made me trust her completely with my first novel project. I am really glad to have continued to work with her past the program - she enriches my writing and I think my novel is better thanks to her keen eye and complete engagement with my story and the characters.”
—HM, Stanford Novel Program graduate

Inspirational Writing Classes and Groups:

“This has been my first venture into creative writing, and I feel like I have discovered DJ Ammi's wonderful five-week underground dance party.”
—Helga C.

“I have always loved writing, but never gave it much thought, or time; feeling as though I am not a trained writer made it easy to walk away from what I knew inside would bring me joy. But creative expression can be drawn out, and I thank you for guiding us through this. Words and thoughts flowed freely, unencumbered by self-deprecating thoughts that (used to be) always at bay. It’s as if the self-conscious, self-imposed veil of “feeling stuck, not knowing what to write” but wanting to, was lifted organically. I wrote without preparation, by just responding to your encouraging prompts, as in the moment as it gets."
—Veronica C.

Ammi was an outstanding teacher. She had totally mastered the online format (no mean feat), and managed to make everyone feel included in a class of almost 100. Her prompts and resources were wide-ranging and extremely helpful. And she is an incredibly positive, encouraging, expansive influence in her every intervention. Her course was an amazing experience that I am sure will have effects long beyond the class.
—Anonymous student evaluation

Ammi is amazing. She is a fantastic and inspiring instructor who creates a welcoming and supportive environment for student writing. Her enthusiasm for the craft and students is palpable. Do whatever you must to keep her on the roster!
—Anonymous student evaluation

This course was incredibly well constructed, offering daily prompts and encouragement, weekly Zoom lessons that were well organized and thoroughly engaging, and just an overall safe space for writers to gather and grow together. I especially loved that the course offered such a wide variety of writing methods, allowing us to try so many different ways of constructing, imagining, and writing our stories. I could not more highly recommend this course or this professor.
—Anonymous student evaluation

Ammi was amazing -- truly a master at teaching online, she was able to make our sessions together truly interactive and the highlight of each week. I would very much like to take other courses with her in the future!
—Anonymous student evaluation

The instructor was magnificent. She was very well-organized; every moment seemed to be carefully thought out. The materials were very interesting and stimulating. I looked forward to writing every day using the prompts she provided. She was enthusiastic and very supportive, which made me want to participate and write daily. She provided great resources for future reference that I intend to study. I am a teacher and tend to be hypercritical of other teachers. Her teaching was wonderful. The best.
—Anonymous student evaluation