Editing and Consulting for Writers

Quick Read Whitney Writing

A quick read and a short letter, marking what I see—editing for phrasing, illogical connections, missing material, general issues to work on. I am good at finding the structures you are working with and helping you make a plan to develop them.  Use form at bottom to contact me.

  • $5 per page doublespaced
  • Minimum: 20 pages prose/ 8 pages poetry/ $100

Intensive Manuscript Review

Intensive editing marks, suggestions about pacing, layering, metaphor, ways to bring the heart of the story. Includes detailed, page by page comments, a letter, and individual meeting by phone or in person.  Minimum: 20 pages. Use form at bottom to contact me.

  • $5/page for first 50 pages. $4 / page for remaining pages.
  • Includes follow-up meeting by phone, Skype, or in person. 
  • 50 page minimum / $250

First Chapter and Synopsis. A review of your one-page synopsis and first chapter up to 15 pages. I respond with thoughts and suggestions.  If you decide to have an ongoing consult or intensive review of 100 pages or more,  I’ll deduct $50 from your next project fee. Use form at bottom to contact me.

  • Fee: $145

Four-By-Four Coaching/Consult.  Four coaching/intensive manuscript review sessions over about 4 weeks. I read and mark 15 pages prose for each session, followed by a one hour private meeting by phone or in person. Includes craft discussion, reading suggestions, and strategies for revision and publishing. A great option for the start of a book, a series of short essays or stories, a poetry collection, or refinements to a section of a book.  Use form at bottom to contact me.

  • Fee: $495
  • $10 additional for additional pieces in a single prose packet
  • 60 pages prose or 30 pages poetry
  • Single session: $150

Ongoing Coaching

Available at $75 per hour. By phone or in person. We meet and review your work or use master writers to do a tutorial on an element of craft.

 Mentoring – the Low Cost Alternative to an MFA Program

Following the Low Residency MFA mentoring model I learned at top-rated Warren Wilson College MFA Program, I will review your creative material in a series of packets, via email or postal mail. I respond with manuscript markup, craft advice, reading assignments, assignments for short essays on craft, and general discussion of writing strategies, all in a detailed letter.  This is an incredibly effective and affordable way to make MFA-level progress in your mastery of craft.

  • Fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir Packets: 20 pages
  • Poetry Packets: 8 pages
  • Each packet includes a program of assigned reading and craft study.
  • We compile a reading list and discuss your reading.
  • I assign you short essays on how writing works.
  • I provide a detailed letter with each packet review.

3 packet exchanges:  $1,200

5 packet exchanges:  $1,800

 Fill out contact form below for more information. 

  My qualifications:

  •  10 years  teaching and consulting on fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry
  • An uncommon “sixth sense,” honed over years of experience, reading, and study, that tells me the shapes and solutions that will serve the heart of a story, essay, or poem.
  •  30 years of professional editing and writing for trade fiction, nonfiction, and university publishers.
  • Numerous awards, including the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished Fiction and an NC Arts Council Fellowship (2012)
  • MFA, Warren Wilson College

Past Institutional Clients / Staff Work:

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Harper Collins, Duke University Sanford Institute for Public Policy, UNC Institute of Government Publishing Division, Duke University Chronicle, Capital News Group, TeleSpan Publishing Company, National Parks Magazine, American Land Forum, and many more.

Published Writing: 2 literary books, 5 anthologies, more than 50 stories, articles, poems in Story, Storytelling Magazine, West Branch, Yankee, Garden & Gun, Wildlife in North Carolina, American Land Forum, and many more.

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