FROM FICTION AND NONFICTION BOOKS, JOURNALISTIC CONTENT to SCREENPLAYS, and ADVERTISING COPY as well as academic and RESEARCH REPORTS.
I write screenplays and both fiction and nonfiction books, especially memoirs and biographies. I work for four film production houses, as well as freelance screenwriters and indie filmmakers. I work in diverse genres, according to the needs of my clients, but I’m most experienced with thrillers and police procedurals. My research skills and my travels spanning forty countries and five languages inform me as a screenwriter, and I apply my knowledge of philosophy and literary theory to weave big themes, justice, love, poverty, right and wrong, etc., into story-telling.
I advise screenwriters on how to improve their screenplays, helping them develop motifs, allude to themes, complete character arcs, and intrigue the audience, including industry professionals. I focus on structure and how each piece of writing uses literary devices to entertain and inform the reader. I also partner with a screenplay consultant and judge to provide coverage.
I edit and provide counsel for professors, authors, students, journalists, and researchers. I have edited all kinds of creative and professional writing, from academic journal articles to fantasy novels. I have an eagle’s eye for errors and blindspots that writers miss in their own work. I streamline, restructure, rearrange, and fact-check, offering options and suggesting alternatives. I also research and write on various topics related to law, finance, business, politics, sociology, and philosophy.
To give voice to others’ vision and ideas. Support writers and researchers finding their voice and produce content that speaks to their intended audience.
Provide constructive feedback and assess, then upgrade the quality of content
Support writers and researchers finding their voice and produce content that speaks to their intended audience.
I have worked for major companies and organizations such as Google, the World Economic Forum, and the University of Virginia. Past clients have come from Fortune 500 companies, Ivy League universities, governments, and international institutions.
"Tim takes the time to not only give feedback but to collaborate with writers. He is an incredibly reliable resource and goes out of his way to provide the tools to elevate creativity and success. Tim is incredibly talented, detail-oriented, and shows enthusiasm in his support for shaping future prominent writers."
“I would unhesitatingly recommend Tim Tolka for any editing chore or writing assignment. Working with him has been effortless and productive. After the first or second contact, we were communicating like pals and both sharing the enthusiasm for my project. Working with Tim has felt at times like an advanced course in creative writing and at other times like hard work. He recognized my style of writing and offered several books and videos tailored to help me refine my craft. I will continue to seek his attention in the future.”
Tim Tolka’s chronicle of the federal reform efforts on local police agencies during five U.S. presidential administrations, providing the most detailed account to date of police reform by consent decree and revealing the messy, sometimes tragic yet always human aspects of policing.