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It’s Nice to Meet You!

I’m Lewis Jorstad, a developmental editor, writing craft author, and the founder of The Novel Smithy.

In my normal life, I’m a lover of videogames and travel, as well as the steward of a very creaky sailboat. When I’m not working on stories of my own, I spend my time teaching up-and-coming writers the skills they need to write their dream novels.

It’s great to meet you! 👋😁

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“I loved Lewis’ style of teaching. It’s warm, friendly and accessible to anyone at any point in their novel writing journey.” – Jennifer N.