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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay
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As a reader, I am drawn to vivid imagery, tight sentences, snappy dialogue (think Elmore Leonard), and quirky characters who stand out from the scenery. As your writing coach and editor, I will give you the tools to help you pare down your sentences to just the right length and rhythm (I excel at line-editing!). I will show you how to take a step back from the pages and look at the overall narrative and how each of its pieces fit into the bigger picture: we’ll cut what is weak and flabby, and we’ll dissect and rearrange the various parts, if necessary—all with the goal of making your creative work the strongest it can be. What I bring to the table: more than 30 years of professional editing at newspapers and magazines, detailed track changing and margin comments on your work, an editorial letter of at least two pages, and availability for a video chat after you’ve had a chance to read through my notes and edits. I’m also available to answer emails along the way, if needed. Though I read widely across all genres, I am particularly drawn to literary fiction, mystery, memoir, Young Adult, narrative non-fiction, history, and biography. As someone who served in the military for 20 years, I also work with writers who need a little insider knowledge in that regard.
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David Abrams is the author of Brave Deeds and Fobbit. Publishers Weekly called Fobbit “an instant classic” and named it a Top 10 Pick for Literary Fiction in Fall 2012. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, an Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Montana Honor Book, and a finalist for the L.A. Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Abrams’ short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appeared in the anthologies Watchlist, Fire and Forget and Montana Noir.  Other stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train Stories, Narrative, Salon, F(r)iction, High Desert Journal, Salamander, Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, Consequence, and many other publications. Abrams earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He blogs about books at The Quivering Pen: www.davidabramsbooks.blogspot.com
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay, Literary Journalism, YA and Children's Literature, Genre Fiction
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As a literary magazine editor, I'm constantly reading and assessing short fiction on both a micro level (word choice, grammar, syntax, sentence-level mechanics, etc) and a macro level (characters, plot, story logic, big-picture themes and ideas), and I bring this same attention to technique and craft to my one-on-one consulting work. I love dissecting stories from a technical, craft-based perspective in order to help writers understand what's working, what could be working better, and most importantly, what is the particular piece trying to be and how can it get there. I love a wide array of styles and genres, though I'm particularly drawn to speculative fiction as well as writing that boldly embraces plot, stakes, and has some sense of innovation, daring, and risk-taking to it. I also love helping writers better understand the world of literary magazines and the process of submitting their work, as well as all the other aspects of publishing and career. 
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Joy Baglio serves as Associate Fiction Editor at Bucknell University's literary magazine West Branch, as well as the founder/director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a literary arts center and writing school in Western MA. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, F(r)iction, and are forthcoming in Gulf Coast. She holds an MFA from The New School, and she's received fellowships, scholarships, and grants from Yaddo, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Speculative Literature Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including The Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention) and the The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. She's at work on a novel about identity, origins, marine scientists, and the ocean as well as a collection of speculative short stories. Find her online at www.joybaglio.com.
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the Novel, Short Fiction, Personal Essay, Memoir, Children’s & YA Literature, Genre Fiction.
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Sound matters. I am delighted when I get to help clients write sentences that shine, characters that feel true and relatable, and story arcs that are surprising yet inevitable. I love writing, reading, and helping other writers with both literary and genre fiction, and am especially excited about work that bridges the two. I consult on pilots, features, literary fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and cross-genre work. I have experience in both the literary world and Hollywood, and am happy to talk to you about these industries.
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Carmiel Banasky is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist who recently made the leap into television. She staffed on the new Amazon series, UNDONE (created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy), writing one episode, and she is a Film Independent Fellow. She is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which Publishers Weekly calls “an intellectual tour de force.” Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Glimmer Train, LA Review of Books, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, and on NPR, among other places. She has taught Creative Writing at Hunter College (where she earned her MFA), UCLA Extension, and other programs. Prior to LA, she spent four years on the road at writing fellowships, including time on a ship in the Arctic, studying and writing about climate change. As a young political organizer, she once tried (and failed) to open a Planned Parenthood in Mississippi. She is from Portland, Oregon.
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Literary Journalism (e.g. Op-eds, etc.), Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-Length Nonfiction, Publishing & Promotion, Career Development
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I love everything nonfiction, but, in particular, I love narrative writing that tells human stories (memoir, personal essays, and autobiographical comics, but also novels and short stories) and blends genres (combining the researched and the personal, fiction and nonfiction, images and words). I have a personal interest in reading and promoting work by women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Favorite writers include Margo Jefferson, Eula Biss, Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Zadie Smith, Marjane Satrapi, Lindy West, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and MariNaomi. I am happy to consult on nonfiction of any length -- from one essay or personal statement to a full memoir or book-length manuscript. My favorite work to read and edit is nonfiction that intersects the personal and the researched, though I also love working on a pure memoir/personal essay and I have also previously consulted on works of fiction (especially historical/researched fiction). In addition to the writing itself, I have worked with clients on MFA (and other grad school) applications that have resulted in acceptances to programs, and I have helped writers assemble book proposals and manuscripts that have landed agents and editors. I am also big on planning and outlining and have been hired to help writers, not only edit and revise their work, but also to come up with an action plan for how to move forward even once they stop working with me.
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E.B. Bartels is a writer and teacher from Massachusetts. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, The Millions, The Toast, The Butter, xoJane, The Rumpus, Ploughshares online, and the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, among others. E.B.’s narrative nonfiction book, Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter, a first-person journey through the world of loving and losing animals, exploring the singular nature of our bonds with our companion animals, and how best to grieve for them once they’ve passed away, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2021. She also runs the interview series Non-Fiction by Non-Men on the site Fiction Advocate. E.B. has taught at Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students, Columbia’s Intro Writing Program, The Door (a drop in center for homeless teens in Manhattan), Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, and the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham. Her students have ranged in age from fifth grade to retiree. You can visit her website at ebbartels.com, see her tweets at @eb_bartels, and read her haikus about strangers’ dogs at ebbartels.wordpress.com.
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Short Fiction, Literary Fiction, the Novel, Memoir, Essay, Booklength Nonfiction
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I am currently working on a historical novel set in an orphanage in Atlanta in the 1920s. I also have written about music, popular culture, and Jewish cultural history, and have had my work collected in numerous anthologies. 
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Steven Lee Beeber is the author of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk (Chicago Review Press), the editor of AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless (Soft Skull Press) and the associate editor of the literary journal Conduit. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, The New York Times and elsewhere. He has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and teaches creative writing and creative nonfiction at Lesley University and Harvard Summer School. His website is www.jewpunk.com.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Literary Journalism, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book Length Nonfiction, Poetry, Historical Fiction.
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I love helping people with their writing, period. There is nothing more exciting to me than living the writer’s life. I spend mornings with my own work. After a lunch break,  I boil water for tea and dig in to a client’s or student’s work. That’s an ideal day as far as I’m concerned. That said, I do particularly respond to socio-political, historical, philosophical, contemplative, funny, quirky, inventive, poignant, intense rule-breaking writing. Gutsy. Quiet reflective. See? I kind of like it all. 
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Cara Benson is an award winning writer whose stories, poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Electric Literature, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3:AM, and in syndication. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and is in revision on her second book, a novel. Of her first book the Huffington Post writes: “Benson does more with the two-word sentence than many poets do in two stanzas or even two poems, largely because it would be difficult to find even a single wasted word." Cara teaches Creative Writing in the Graduate Program at Prescott College. Her online home is: carabensonwriter.com.
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Poetry
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I am interested in writing that is situated in post-memory or inherited memory. I wish to help writers establish their voice in a collective context: familial memory, racial memory, inherited trauma, etc. I can provide writers with techniques that best articulate the past--whether personal or shared--as well as provide detailed feedback on projects that work with poetics and cross genre experimentation. If you would like to work on a series of poems or a full manuscript, I can give extensive line edits. I am also available for research purposes: guiding your attention to specific authors that could compliment and challenge your aesthetic. Aside from creative writing, I also have great knowledge on how to write a statement of purpose and how to build a writing sample for an MFA/Grad School application.
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Mark Bias is a Korean-American poet. He is a recipient of the 2020 William Matthews Poetry Prize selected by Ilya Kaminsky. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review, Best New Poets, IDK Magazine, PANK, Silver Needle Press, and was selected by The Saejowi Initiative for National Integration which seeks to provide protection for North Korean refugees. He received his MA from TCNJ and is an MFA candidate at UMass Amherst.
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The Novel The Novella Short Fiction Social Media Query Letters
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Are you working on a novel or short story and you keep getting the "We love this, but it's not for us" rejection letter? Jenna Blum may be the consultant for you. Jenna is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers and the novella "The Lucky One" in postwar anthology Grand Central; she is one of Oprah's Top Thirty Women Writers and has been teaching fiction and novel workshops at Grub since 1998. Jenna is interested in consulting on novels, novellas and short stories in their final stages of revision; she specializes in literary and some eras of historical fiction. (No genre, please!) Jenna will also provide consultation on troubleshooting your novel's outline, perfecting your query letter and creating/ fine-tuning your social media platform. Known for contributing to her novels' success via her marketing tactics,  Jenna will help you identify your comfort zone and skills and help you create a marketing platform on social media and in person. Jenna specializes in Facebook, Twitter, and mainstream social media as well as writer websites, book club connection and public speaking.  Consultations accepted via submission only. Jenna's fee is $150/hour. Please contact Jenna via Grub or her website, www.jennablum.com.
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Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and The Lost Family as well as the novella "The Lucky One" in anthology Grand Central. Jenna is also one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna has taught for GrubStreet since 1997 ; she currently runs the master novel workshop and seminars focusing on craft and marketing.
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Whether it's a poem, screenplay, short story, novel section... or a multi-genre "ahhh I don't know what this is yet!" I can offer feedback at any stage of the writing process. I particularly respond to layered, lyrical writing that pushes at the boundaries of genre and form, plays with time, moves beyond realism, and/or creates a link between the reader and a specific sociopolitical context. I have particular expertise and training in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, magical realism, dialogue, structure, feminist writing, visual narratives, experimental work, character-driven narratives, LGBTQ+ and non-binary themes, multilingualism, translation, and adaptation. I am fluent in French and originally from the Midwest, so hit me up about those things. I am also happy to consult on the business of being a writer: time management, motivation, promotion, navigating submissions, to MFA or not to MFA, and all those little things that come up. I have strong experience in graphics & social media and would be happy to help you develop a promotional plan, create a logo, build a website, and more.
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Stephanie K. Brownell is a multi-genre writer, artist, and educator from Wisconsin who holds an MFA from Boston University. A 2018 Sewanee Writers Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar, Stephanie has participated in residencies and fellowships nationwide including the Company One’s PlayLab, Taleamor Park Residencies, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New York Theatre Intensives. ‘She Eats Apples’ was the winner of the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award. Stephanie’s work has also been selected as Editor’s choice by Solstice Literary Magazine and Typishly Literary Magazine, and as a Gary Garrison Award national finalist and the UT WomenWorks 2015 runner up. In 2018, ’This Place/Displaced’ was selected by The Arts Fuse as one of the Best Stage productions of the year. Stephanie’s fiction, poetry, and drama have been published in Great Lakes Review, Seven Circle Press, Punt Volat, Decoded: Pride Anthology, Crab Fat Magazine, and elsewhere. In Boston, Stephanie teaches creative writing at GrubStreet, develops socially-engaged performances with Artists’ Theater, consults on manuscripts and book marketing, and leads a ragtag band of SFF writers. They have previously taught at Carroll University, Boston University, Bentley University, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, The Eliot School, the Urbano Project, and Lycée Marguerite de Valois, among others. Stephanie’s creative work is visual, intersectional and magical and their scholarly work focuses on discourses of oppression, resistance, and imagination in contemporary and speculative literature. You can find more about Stephanie’s work at www.skbrownell.com or on Instagram or Twitter @skbrownell.
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Short Fiction, Flash Fiction.
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Character-driven fiction of any subject or style.
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Chip Cheek is the author of the novel Cape May (Celadon Books, 2019). His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Washington Square, and other journals and anthologies. He has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston. A longtime resident of Somerville and former staff member at GrubStreet, Chip now lives with his wife and daughter in the Los Angeles area.
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Memoir Personal Essay Op-Ed Book length Nonfiction Blog posts Query letters and Book Proposals Application Essays
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Memoir and personal essays on any topic, with particular expertise in writing about adversity, trauma and grief (Writing to Heal) and Narrative Medicine; Travel Writing; Op-Eds on any topic; blogs/columns that aim to inform readers about a particular topic; application essays (both undergraduate and graduate, with particular expertise in medical school essays and secondaries). 
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Jennifer Crystal holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a B.A. from Middlebury College. She specializes in non-fiction, especially writing to heal/narrative medicine, travel writing, memoir, personal essays, and op-eds. She is the author of Et Voilà: One Traveler's Journey from Foreigner to Francophile (Belfort and Bastion), and spoke at the 2017 Boston Book Festival about that book. Her second memoir, about her medical trajectory, is on submission. She is represented by Kerry D'Agostino at Curtis Brown. Jennifer's work has appeared in The Boston Globe, wbur.org, Transitions Abroad, Abroad View, Spry Literary Journal, and many other publications. She writes a weekly column for Global Lyme Alliance, which has received mention in CQ Researcher, The New Yorker and weatherchannel.com. Her website is www.jennifercrystal.com.
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The Novel, YA and Children’s Literature, Genre Fiction
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Character-driven young adult fiction and middle grade, in the genres of humor, science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, horror, magical realism, mystery, thriller, and stories that can't be easily boxed into one category. No romance/rom-coms or new adult, please. My favorite elements to work on are dialogue (especially comedic), world-building, and intricately-crafted, puzzle-y plots.
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Gina Damico is the author of six novels, dark comedies all: the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy (Croak, Scorch, and Rogue), Hellhole, Wax, and Waste of Space, all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and recorded as audiobooks by Audible. Her work has been recognized as Best of the Year by both Audible and Amazon, and nominated for Teens' Top Ten awards by the Young Adult Library Services Association. She lives in California with her husband, cat and dog, can be seen occasionally performing improv, and owns an obscene amount of weird things purchased at yard sales.   
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Individual Essay.
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Consults on novel-length projects, memoirs, and essay collections in addition to short fiction and personal essays, with a particular interest and expertise in cross-cultural and international narratives, immigrant in U.S. narratives, family stories, Young Adult fiction, and themes exploring identity, cultural, race, class, and language, and specializes in helping writers find the ‘real story’ they’re trying to tell. Also offers individual career coaching—tailoring three, six, and twelve month long plans—and how to move forward in your specific writing or book promotion goals.
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Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a GrubStreet instructor and board member, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and two sons.
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Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Essay, Intensive Line-Editing, Proofreading, Guidance in Submitting to Literary Magazines, Book Research Assistance, Preparing the MFA Application, Applying for Awards, Fellowships, & Retreats, Personal Writing Coaching
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I can be a supportive, sensitive critical reader for short stories of all kinds, literary fiction, work in which place, setting, and social or cultural context are essential; hybrid/cross-genre work; essays and stories about cities and suburbs, family and immigration; Spanglish narration and dialogue; writing that deals with art as subject matter, or writing in dialogue with art. I do literary translation from Spanish to English; and English/Spanish and Spanish/English non-literary translation. I'm a native Floridian and can help you nail Sunshine State-specific settings. My experience as an arts administrator and grantwriting consultant can be especially useful if you're developing applications and funding proposals for books, residencies, and community projects. I'm happy to work with writers struggling with ADHD and executive functioning difficulties.
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Denise Delgado is instructor, consultant, and Neighborhood Program Fellow at GrubStreet, teaching classes, including bilingual workshops in English and Spanish, and doing outreach in Boston neighborhoods and public libraries. She has facilitated creative writing and art workshops for adults and teens as well as socially-engaged arts projects at libraries, schools, museums, a prison and other community spaces since 1998. Denise's fiction and critical work have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Inch, Hinchas de Poesía, Jai-Alai Magazine, 2040 Review, Fiction Writers Review, the anthology Florida Flash, and various contemporary art publications. Since 2010 she has organized the Free School for Writing, an itinerant classroom for literary craft talks and workshops. From 2005-2013 she worked for the Outreach Division of the Miami-Dade Public Library System as Curator for Art Services and Exhibitions and later, project director for the Vasari Project Archive. As a writer and multidisciplinary artist, Denise has received grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, Alternate ROOTS/The Ford Foundation, and Tigertail Productions’ Artist Access Program. Delgado received an MA in Media Studies from The New School and an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. She is currently at work a collection of linked short stories set in Miami and Cuba around two families connected through Operation Peter Pan.
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denisedelgado.com


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The Novel; The Novella or Short Novel; Short Fiction; Individual Essay; Book-Length Non-fiction
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Literary or historical fiction of any kind, with a special affinity for family relationships, coming-of-age stories, and period pieces. I'm also interested in research-based nonfiction.
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Ursula DeYoung is an author living in Cambridge, MA. She earned a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in History from Oxford University. Her first non-fiction book, a biography of 19th-century physicist John Tyndall entitled A Vision of Modern Science, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. Her first novel, Shorecliff, was published by Little, Brown in 2013 and tells the story of a large family that gathers in Maine in the summer of 1928. She is the founder of the literary journal Embark, which features the openings of unpublished novels.
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Short Fiction, Personal Essay
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Literary, speculative, and experimental fictions. Critical, reflective, and political essays. Book-length manuscripts welcome.
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Jane Dykema’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Guernica, Electric Literature, Fanzine, the anthology, Cover Stories, and elsewhere. She’s a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from UMass Amherst, teaches writing at Clark University, and is a Program Assistant for the Disquiet International Literary Program.
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Screenwriting.
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Character-driven, high-concept and indie, drama, comedy, historical, and adaptations.
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Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is a writer and documentary filmmaker. She studied writing and literature at Goddard College, has a BS from Boston University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She has published poetry and articles about Shakespeare, screenwriting, and film. She teaches screenwriting, film and literature at Lesley University and Northeastern University. Her new film, Nothing is Truer than Truth, is based on the book Shakespeare By Another Name. Cheryl is a lecturer at Shakespeare conferences around the country. Her debut documentary, All Kindsa Girls, screened at art house theaters and film festivals in London, Toronto, and throughout the US, is featured in Paul Sherman's book Big Screen Boston, and was short-listed for the PBS series POV. The film's theatrical screenings included the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston. She served as President of Women in Film & Video/New England for several years and was the 2012 Judge for the WIFVNE Annual Screenwriting Competition. She also served as a panelist for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 2012 Play/Screenwriting Fellowship. She served on the Board of Directors of The Next Door Theater in Winchester, Massachusetts for five years, and was just elected to the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Preparing the MFA Application, Applying for Awards & Fellowships, Proofreading, Intensive Line-Editing, Querying Literary Agents, & Submitting to Literary Magazines. Regarding writing program specific coaching, programs my clients have been accepted into include Boston University, The New School, American University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Columbia College, University of New Hampshire, Bennington College, Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), University of Montana, Pratt Institute, and the University of Edinburgh.
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I'm interested in literary fiction of any kind, with particular interest in cross-cultural, international, and identity narratives. I'm also interested in high-concept, plot-driven or character-driven narratives, comedy or dramedy. I'm also available as a sensitivity reader.
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Jonathan Escoffery’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Paris Review, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, AGNI, ZYZZYVA, Pleiades, Salt Hill, The Caribbean Writer, Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Magazine Writing 2020, and elsewhere. His most recent honors include winning the 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction, a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowship, the 2020 National Magazine Award for Fiction from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and a 2020 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico grant. He has received awards and honors from The Best American Short Stories anthology, Aspen Words, Prairie Schooner, Passages North, the Somerville Arts Council, The Writers' Room of Boston, Kimbilio Fiction, the Anderson Center, Wellspring House, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Jonathan earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota where he was a DOVE Fellow, a COSP Fellow, and the Fiction Editor at Dislocate magazine. He attends the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature Program as a Provost Fellow. For a full listing of his publications and projects, please visit jonathanescoffery.com
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Mark Fogarty is a story consultant and co-producer on the film, Respite Road, filming Spring 2018. Mark runs the filmmaking program at Bishop Hendricken High School, a Catholic school for boys. The program allows students to study film every day of their High School career and combines theory with production. Before becoming a teacher Mark worked as a video editor and cameraman for Numark, and Pet Fashion Week. He has made every kind of video imaginable, including short films, fashion videos, DJ tutorials and more.
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Literary Journalism, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-length Nonfiction, Short Fiction
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Memoir and personal essay, with themes of family, adolescence, mental health, loss; travel and food writing; fiction with a strong first-person voice. I’m drawn to writing that is lyrical, thematically taut, deeply honest, and that blends scene with an introspective impulse. I’m also happy to consult on professional matters, such as fine-tuning MFA applications and submitting work to literary journals.
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Dorian Fox’s essays, articles and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Brevity, The Rumpus, Gay Magazine, Atticus Review, Longridge Review, december, Under the Gum Tree, Gastronomica and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Emerson College and has lived and worked in the Boston area for many years.
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I love to work with students on book-length manuscripts, chapbooks, packets of poems for submissions and applications, or individual poems. I am also available to consult with writers who want to learn how to navigate the literary magazine or book submission process. I also look forward to mentoring students through graduate school applications and academic job applications. I have experience mentoring many writers through the academic job market process. Such career guidance can include helping applicants navigate the entire process, providing feedback on application materials, and helping applicants prepare for interviews.
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Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of two poetry collections, The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon 2016) and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her third collection, Sometimes We're All Living n a Foreign Country, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon in October 2017. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, New England Review, Guernica, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and fellowships from such places as the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Writers’ Room of Boston, and the Mississippi Arts Commission. She holds a BA from Vassar College, an MFA from Emerson College, and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati. She has previously taught at Emerson College and at the Center for Writers, the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series. Co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Memorious.org, she is the Jacob Ziskind Poet in Residence at Brandeis University.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay, Cultural Consulting/Sensitivity Reading (Particular experience working with mental health concerns/ depictions of women/ themes of gender and sexuality)
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I love working with writers at all stages of the drafting process! I am particularly interested in fiction and memoir that explores character at a psychological or interior, subjective level. My consulting approach varies from project to project, based on the needs of each individual writer, but my goal is always to help make each project the most itself it can be, to find what is already there, and help intensify or deepen this unique quality. As a reader of your work, I would pay close attention to the sentence-level, to scenes and description, as well as broader narrative or formal concerns. In my own work, I am interested in writing about sexuality, gender, and intimacy, and the arc or shape of a life. As a bilingual Quebecois who has lived in Europe and Latin America, I am also keen to consult on writing in French and Spanish, or in helping with memoir or fiction set in countries other than the United States. Themes of exile, migration, and living between languages and cultures are also of great interest to me.
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Sara Freeman is a Montreal-born fiction writer. She graduated with an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she was a Writing Fellow and Teaching Fellow and the 2013 winner of the Henfield Prize. She has taught writing in Columbia's University Writing Program, at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, and Emerson College. She has received scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Workshop. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Grove (US), Hamish Hamilton (Canada) and Granta (UK)
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TV writing, Screenwriting, Playwriting, 3-Act Structure Across Genre
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Consults on TV pilots & bibles, full-length screenplays, ten-minute and full-length plays (excluding one-person shows), and solving story problems with 3-act structure (across genre including fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir, in addition to TV/screen/playwriting). Specializes in helping clients develop not only their projects but also their personal processes to maintain momentum and keep projects moving forward!
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Shari is a Boston-based screenwriter, playwright and consultant. Her TV pilot, 'hAPPily EVER', advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Page International Screenwriting Awards (top 10% of submissions) and the Final Draft Big Break Awards (top 3% of submissions). Her screenplays include LOW AND OUTSIDE (2015 quarterfinalist: Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships, Austin Film Festival & Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competitions) and GAP YEAR (2014 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition) and she is currently a reader for the Austin Film Festival. 
Shari's plays have been produced at the Boston Theater Marathon, the Warner International Playwrights’ Festival, the New Works Festival, and Our Voices. THE DRIVING LESSON is published in New World Theatre’s ‘A Solitary Voice: A Collection of Epic Monologues’ (2018). I JUST LOVE THAT KEITH URBAN is published in Smith & Kraus’ ‘The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017’. BANG FOR THE BUCK is published in Smith & Kraus’ ‘The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2015’ and was a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. TWO LEFT(IST) FEET, ONE LAST DANCE was a national finalist for the Playwrights’ Center’s Core Apprentice Program. 

Shari is an instructor at Grub Street where she teaches Writing for TV, Screenwriting, and Three-Act Story Structure. She received her MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Stage & Screen from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she is now a member of the adjunct faculty. 

A former member of the Board of Directors for Marblehead Little Theatre, she is also the creator of, and continues to produce, MLT's annual TNT! - Totally New Theater playwrights' Collective and Festival. 




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Memoir, Individual Essay, Book-Length Non-Fiction, Journalism, Feature Writing.
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Genres of writing I'm drawn to: Memoir; narrative nonfiction; personal narrative; personal essay; commentary/op-ed; stunt/immersion ("gonzo") journalism.Subject areas I'm drawn to: I love writing on all topics, but in particular, I'm drawn to personal essays, narrative nonfiction and stories about personal relationships, family, childhood, adolescence; travel, pop culture, geek culture, fantasy/science fiction and subcultures; overcoming family/medical trauma .I also help students reach their goals in publishing their work -- with a particular focus on the personal essay and oped --- as well as submitting work to agents and editors. I can serve as a personal writing coach and writing career planner. 
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A GrubStreet instructor since 2005, Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, essayist, critic, poet, teacher, performer and nerd. He is the author of the travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, named a Must-Read Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. His essay "The Day My Mother Became a Stranger" was cited in the anthology Best American Essays 2016. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, The North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, New York Quarterly and dozens of other literary magazines and in several anthologies, and he is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize. Gilsdorf got his start in journalism as a Paris-based travel writer and food and film critic for Time Out, Fodor's and the Washington Post. He has published hundreds of feature stories, essays, op-eds and reviews about the arts, pop, gaming and geek culture; and media and technology, and travel, in dozens of other publications worldwide including the New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Wired, Salon, WBUR's The Artery and Cognoscenti, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Art New England. A regular presenter, performer, and event moderator, he frequently appears on programs such as NPR, The Discovery Channel, PBS, CBC, BBC, and the Learning Channel, and also lectures at schools, universities, festivals, conventions, and conferences worldwide, including at this TEDx event, where he nerded out about D&D. Gilsdorf is co-founder of GrubStreet's Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), and teaches creative writing at GrubStreet, where he served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. He teaches essay, memoir, journalism and other workshops, and is also the instructor of GrubStreet's 8-month Essay Incubator program and serves as coordinator of GrubStreet's Providence program. He’s also the lead instructor for the Westerly (RI) Memoir Project. He has led writing workshops for non-profit social justice organizations and also teaches writing and Dungeons & Dragons classes for younger students, in schools, libraries and community centers. He had also served on the Boston Book Festival Program Committee and as a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. He received his BA from Hampshire College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. Follow Ethan’s adventures at ethangilsdorf.com or Twitter @ethanfreak, and read his posts on Grub's blog, GrubWrites.
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Poetry, short fiction, memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, and book length nonfiction. 
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Nonfiction in the areas of education, parenting, health, and science-related topics; poetic series; lyric esssay and memoir; fiction and non-fiction with an international outlook.
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Rebecca Givens Rolland is the author of The Wreck of Birds (Bauhan Publishing, 2012), which won the 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire First Book Prize, as well as the chapbook On the Refusal to Speak (dancing girl press, 2012) and the chapbook The Vine of Somewhere (dancing girl press). She has a debut work of nonfiction forthcoming from HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins. She has received the Dana Award in Short Fiction, as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, the Clapp Fellowship from Yale University, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her fiction has been published or upcoming in The Literary Review, North American Review, Slice, and Hobart, her poetry in The Kenyon Review, the Colorado Review, and the Cincinnati Review, and her nonfiction writing in Brain, Child Magazine and Education Week. She has a doctorate in education from Harvard and a master's degree in English from Boston University. She teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and serves as faculty and Module Director for Scientific Communication for a writing program at Harvard Medical School. She also consults as a nationally certified speech-language pathologist.
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Short Fiction, Memoir, Journalism, Feature Writing, Young Adult Fiction, Children's Literature.
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Writing for Children through Young Adult: All themes, genres and subject matter welcome. Fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult.
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Beth Raisner Glass is a children's book author, newspaper writer and teacher. She has taught in the Massachusetts public school system, and was Associate Professor of Education at Wellesley College. Her first picture book, Noises at Night, was published to wide acclaim and was featured on the Today Show's "Best Books for Children" segment. Her picture book, Blue Ribbon Dad, was published in 2011, and is now a featured book on Reading Rainbow's iPad app. Noises at Night was also selected as a Reading Rainbow ebook for their ipad app. She received her Bachelors in Education from Lesley College, and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Lesley University. You can follow her online on her websitewww.bethglass.com and on Facebook.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-Length Non-Fiction, Young Adult & Middle Grade Children's Literature
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Upmarket fiction, memoir, young adult, nonfiction health, education, psychology, with a focus on the depth and complexities of relationships, mental health, medical trauma, childhood, adolescence, family. I'm especially interested in helping writers find the right structure for their projects and dig to the heart of the emotional narratives that drive their work. 
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Lynne Griffin is the author of the novels Girl Sent Away (SixOneSeven Books), Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin's Press), and the nonfiction guides, Let's Talk About it: Adolescent Mental Health (SixOneSeven Books) and Negotiation Generation (Penguin). In addition to teaching at Grub Street, Lynne teaches in the graduate program of family studies at Wheelock College. She is the family life contributor for Boston's Fox Morning News and writes for Psychology Today. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in Solstice, Slate, Brain Child, Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, The Writer, Boston Globe, The Drum Literary Magazine, Parents, and more. For more about Lynne's work, visit her website www.LynneGriffin.com.
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Short Fiction, the Novel, Flash Fiction, Young Adult and Children's Lit, Genre Fiction, Screenwriting, and Career Development.
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My literary interests include sci-fi, fantasy, YA, and most speculative fiction in short or long form. I'm very passionate about accurate representation of gender, race, sexuality, and ability in fiction, so I'm especially interested in narratives that want to develop their female, queer, poc, and disabled characters. I want to help genre writers find that balance between complex worldbuilding and accessibility for your readers. I can also be a resource for your personal writing goals and habits, for example if you want to have monthly/weekly check ins and discuss your work in progress and get continuous feedback. I can also help you submit to literary magazines, especially for speculative fiction. If you have writer's block or are stuck at any stage in the writing process I can help get you through that and come up with tangible steps forward to continue your work!
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Marcella is a writer, dancer, and assistant pig keeper who writes speculative and feminist fiction and poetry. She is an MFA candidate in Fiction at UMass Amherst. She studied Creative Writing and Linguistics at Arcadia University, where she also taught several classes on the Hero's Journey and Women's Comedic Memoirs. She was a founder and editor of Quiddity lit mag, a Nanowrimo Come Write In Coordinator, and a teacher at Breakthrough Philadelphia and the Nationalities Service Center of Philadelphia. She received a Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Fellowship and was a finalist for the Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.
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Coaching authors in developing marketing and event strategies for their book(s). I have worked with authors of all genres and publishing paths, with a concentration in children's book and YA authors. I also coach pre-published authors on how to think about their brand, social media platforms, and marketing connections as part of their career goals. As a reader (and writer) I enjoy science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, literary fiction, short stories, children's and young adult literature, food writing, and personal essay. I currently have select availability for consults/full manuscript reviews in these genres.
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Allison Pottern Hoch is a writer and event coach with over a decade of experience in marketing, publicity, sales, and event planning. She spent four years promoting academic titles at The MIT Press before she went to work for Wellesley Books as a bookseller and event coordinator. She organized, hosted, and promoted over 150 events during her tenure, ranging in size from intimate workshops and lunches to multi-media events with over 700 attendees. She worked with veteran authors, celebrities, and debut authors alike. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University where she coordinated the Adamson Visiting Writers series. Allison is currently working on her second novel and teaching courses on writing and marketing at Grub Street and The Writer's Loft. For more information on her workshops and coaching services, visit http://www.pottern.com
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Poetry, Publishing & Promotion, Career Development, Preparing the MFA Application, Submitting to Lit Mags, Cultural Consulting/Sensitivity Reading (for those writing about characters from the African diaspora), self-publishing guidance
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I am a writer and poetry editor with experience in editing, consulting and workshopping poetry and helping writers prepare their work for publication. I have also self-published and have an immense amount of knowledge of the self-publishing process. I am also very interested in helping writers of color succeed and would love to consult, workshop and edit work aimed towards inclusion and enhancing the visibility of BIPOC writers.
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Tatiana (she/her/hers) is a writer, artist and educator. Her work was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Solstice Literary Poetry Prize and received an honorable mention for the 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize. She’s been published in Southern Humanities Review as an Honorable Mention selection for the 2019 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, judged by Vievee Francis, and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. She’s also an MFA candidate in poetry at Emerson College. Tatiana’s writing explores identity, trauma, especially inherited trauma, and what it means to heal. Find her work in or forthcoming in Ploughshares, New Delta Review, Foundry and others.
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Memoir, Poetry, Personal Essay, Graphic Novel/Comics, YA and Children’s Literature, Publishing & Promotion, Career Development
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I’m passionate about books and writing. I’m interested in the author’s truth. I need to read the story behind the story. As a consultant, clients can expect me to be engaged with their work, provide honest feedback and expert guidance. I’m an avid reader and enjoy a good story. I have experience with articles, essays and research papers. Clients will receive reliable information to help their creative career.
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Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer. Ms. Luke also provides public speaking services. Shirley lives in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester. She is a Boston Public Schools teacher of English Language Arts. Ms. Luke has an MA in English from UMass Boston and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her work has been published in several journals and magazines, such as Anti-Heroin Chic, BlazeVOX, Cadaverous, Deluge, For the Sonorous and Long Leaf Review. Shirley has participated in conferences such as The Muse & The Marketplace, Breadloaf, Tin House and Voices of Our Nation (VONA).
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CrazyS


Rate: $85

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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Individual Essay, Feature Writing.
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Literary fiction, relationship and emotion-centered issues; lifestyle subjects including health, people profiles, education, business, travel, home design, family, spirituality, music, aging. Please contact for rates and availability.
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Jessica is the author of the critically acclaimed and national bestselling debut novel Night Swim (Jan. 2012). Her follow-up novel, Strangers In Budapest (Algonquin Books), was an 2017 and 2018 Indie Pick and a Southern Independent bestseller and selected as a best new book by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, Chicago Review of Books, and others. Her story collection, Women In Bed (Oct. 2013), includes award-winning stories that have been listed in The Pushcart Prize under Outstanding Writers; and received a Chekhov Prize for Excellence in Fiction as well as second prize from Redbook magazine. Her novel excerpts and essays have appeared in scores of literary magazines and online. Writing awards include: a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Joan Jakobson Scholarship from Wesleyan Writers Conference. For more than a dozen years she was a features writer for The Boston Globe, Design New England, O, The Oprah Magazine . She co-authored Time to Make the Donuts, the definitive story of Dunkin' Donuts founder William Rosenberg's extraordinary life, which she sold on proposal. She taught writing at Boston University, Brown University, and U. of Miami, FL, and selected fiction for award-winning Agni magazine. Recent essays have appeared in WBUR's Cognoscenti, one of which was included in ALONE TOGETHER: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, an anthology published 9/2020. Jessica especially enjoys helping writers find their truest voice in their writing and coaching them through those challenging points of resistance. For additional links and details, please visit her website: www.jessicakeener.com.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir
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I love working with writers. I've spent several years working with aspiring and established authors alike. My goal is to get your manuscript to be the best possible version of itself. I see this as a diagnostic process, like a doctor listening to a patient, and I find it incredibly rewarding. My favorite moment is when a writer says to me, "This is how my book was always supposed to be." The actual content of your work—whether it's a novel about immigrants, a literary thriller, or a deeply personal memoir—isn't what speaks to me. The book's potential (its heartbeat) does.
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Maya Shanbhag Lang is the author of What We Carry: A Memoir (Random House, April 2020), and The Sixteenth of June: A Novel. Her memoir was a NYT Editor's Pick. Her novel was long listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Winner of the Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, Lang has received support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and Bread Loaf. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and is the daughter of Indian immigrants.
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Rate: $90

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Children's Poetry, Picture books, Middle Grade and YA fiction, Thrillers, Mysteries and Fantasy.
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Nature, magic, fairy tales, post-modernism, pop culture, family, childhood, tween and teens, as well as all aspects of Children's Literature and personal narrative, historical fiction, fantasy, thrillers, cozies, and detective fiction.
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Cheryl Lawton Malone is a freelance writer and poet who teaches creative writing at Grub Street, and at Lesley University at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her children's writing has been published in numerous journals and magazines, and her children's poetry has received several awards. In addition, she holds a BA in International Relations from Lehigh University, a JD in Law from Suffolk University School of Law and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Albert Whitman will publish her debut picture book, Dario and the Whale, in the spring of 2016. You can follow her on line at www.cheryllawtonmalone.com, on Twitter at @MaloneLawton and on Facebook as Cheryl Lawton Malone Author. 
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@MaloneLawton


Rate: $75

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The Novel, Personal Essay
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I'm interested in literary fiction, complex characters, international settings, and political novels. My background as a former academic roots me in the long tradition of the novel, so I can offer good guidance to writers working with novel form either to tweak or modify established structures. I'm also especially interested in coaching writing and can work with writers at any level to help them devise short-term and long-term motivational plans.
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Henriette Lazaridis' debut novel The Clover House was published by Ballantine Books in April 2013 and was a Boston Globe best-seller and a Target Emerging Authors pick. Her work has appeared in publications including ELLE, Narrative Magazine, Forge, Salamander, the New England Review, The Millions, The New York Times online, and the Huffington Post and has earned her a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. She has degrees in English from Middlebury College, Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Ph.D. She taught at Harvard for ten years before leaving academia to turn to writing. In the summers, she runs the Krouna Writing Workshop in northern Greece (www.krounawritingworkshop.com).
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The Novel, Memoir, Book-length Nonfiction
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I love working with writers. Sometimes a book doesn't quite work because the structure isn't right--and structure is easy to learn. Sometimes it's a problem of voice or character arc or pacing. I consider every manuscript a beautiful puzzle to solve, and my job is to help you bring forth the diamonds that I know are sprinkled there. I read as both a writer, a teacher, a book critic and a voracious reader. I'm warm, supportive, funny, and I give you tools you can use on every other book you write. Plus, we have video chats if you would like them. I'm partial to any sort of memoir, and any sort of fiction except experimental or fantasy.  I charge $90 per hour, which includes detailed track changing and comments on the work, at least a 4-page editorial letter, and 2 hour long video discussions about the book. Of course you have unlimited email contact with me throughout the process.
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Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times Bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, and eight other novels. Is This Tomorrow was also an Indie Next Pick, a Jewish Book Council Bookclub Pick, long listed for the Maine Readers Prize,a Best Book of the Year from January Magazine, and a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick. Is ThisTomorrow was on the Best Books of the Year Lists from the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews and Bookmarks Magazine, as well as being a Costco "Pennie's Pick". Her new novel, Cruel Beautiful World, will be published October 4, 2016 from Algonquin Books.  Her writing has appeared in the New York Times "Modern Love," the New York Times Book Review, More, Redbook, Salon, and more. She is a book critic for People Magazine, The Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction, she was also a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowships. She teaches novel writing online at Stanford and at UCLA Extension Writers Program, as well as working for agents and private clients. Visit her at www.carolineleavitt.com.
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Memoir, Individual Essay, Feature Writing.
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Identity, sense of place, writing about the Midwest/regional writing, sports writing, gay and lesbian topics, coming of age, Jewish identity and culture. Performance pieces (i.e. spoken word and developing a one-person show), consulting on self-publishing. 
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Judah Leblang is a Boston-based writer, teacher and storyteller. His radio essays have appeared on almost 200 NPR and ABC-network stations around the US, and on several college and community radio stations. His column, "Life in the Slow Lane," appears regularly in Bay Windows, a Boston-area newspaper. The second edition of his memoir, "Finding My Place: One Man's Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond," was published in 2013.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Genre Fiction, Memoir, Personal Essay
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I consult on short fiction, flash fiction, novels and creative nonfiction of various lengths, with an avid interest in literary and speculative fiction. I strive to work empathetically with authors, and give particular attention to authors’ creative intentions and considers how they might be more effectively achieved through specific elements of literary craft. To demystify the submission process, I also gladly provide walkthroughs of the Submittable online submission platform or recommends resources for finding calls for submission. For assistance on projects that may require more time to develop, I can work with authors on a regular basis with weekly, bi-weekly or monthly coaching sessions. 
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Albert Liau is an editor at Atmosphere Press who works closely with authors to hone their novels for publication. Albert is also a contributing editor at CRAFT Literary where he provides feedback on submissions and co-authors the column “The Art of the Opening,” an ongoing series that looks at how the beginnings of stories achieve their effects. 
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Rate: $80

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Short Fiction, The Novel, Literary Journalism (e.g. Op-eds, etc.), Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-Length Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Screenwriting/Playwriting
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I began my writing exploration with fiction, but have crossed all genre lines in favor of telling my stories in the best possible way. This includes establishing great characters who have depth and live in fleshed-out worlds. It's also important to me to treat these stories with sensitivity and inclusion in mind. As a former college first-year writing instructor and current copyeditor in the publishing field, attention to detail rounds out my areas of interest and importance as a writer.
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Zyanya Avila Louis received her MFA in Fiction from Emerson College and now teaches in their First Year Writing Program. In her time working with students at Emerson, she as developed a passion for working with international students, multilingual students, and other diverse student populations, which is born from being bilingual herself. She loves writing and reading fiction and non-fiction, and occasionally enjoys poetry. Zyanya was born and raised in El Paso, TX and now lives in Quincy, MA with her husband, their demon cat, and her growing library of books.
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Short Fiction.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Literary, mystery, and particularly experimental fictions, loosely defined. 
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Ron MacLean is author of the story collections We Might as Well Light Something On Fire and Why the Long Face? and the novels Headlong and Blue Winnetka Skies. MacLean’s fiction has appeared widely in magazines including GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. He holds a Doctor of Arts from the University at Albany, SUNY, and has been a proud member of team Grub since 2004.
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Poetry, Author Website Production
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Poetry and folklore, folk narrative, oral history, lyric poetry, narrative poetry, prose poetry, hybrid forms, naturalism, surrealism
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Kentucky poet and folklorist Sarah McCartt-Jackson is the author of Stonelight (Airlie Press), which won the 2017 Airlie Prize, and three chapbooks: Calf Canyon, Vein of Stone, and Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River, which won the 2015 Mary Ballard Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Bellingham Review, Journal of American Folklore, The Maine Review, NANO Fiction, and others. She received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, was selected for inclusion in the Kentucky Great Writers series, and has served as artist-in-residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shotpouch Cabin through Oregon State University. She works on a farm in Louisville, where she also teaches poetry and makes up half of the art duo Project Diode.
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Short Fiction, Literary Journalism, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-Length Nonfiction
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I’m eager to consult on any form of creative nonfiction, including the personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, flash nonfiction, and writing about literature. I’m also very happy to assist with flash fiction. My particular interests include braided essays and memoirs, and writing about trauma, war, identity, family, and mental illness. I very much enjoy character-based, scene-driven prose. I’m particularly excited about writing that engages and interrogates the personal narrative amidst the backdrop of historical, political, and social contexts. I have a wide range of experience in revising, editing, and publishing—and teaching writing and literature in college and community classrooms—and can help writers prepare writing samples for MFA applications, fellowships, and grants.
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Caitlin McGill’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The Chattahoochee Review, CutBank, Iron Horse, McSweeney's, The Southeast Review, Vox, War, Literature, & the Arts, and others. Her writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ conference, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is also a 2019 Somerville Arts Council Grant recipient, a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner, and the 2014 winner of Crab Orchard Review’s Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. She teaches for Emerson College, GrubStreet, Harvard University, and Writers Without Margins, and she's working on a Miami-based memoir about intergenerational trauma, inherited survival mechanisms, race, gender, class, addiction, and the cost of ignoring our histories. One essay from her book was a Notable in The Best American Essays 2016. For more information please visit caitlinmcgill.com & follow her on Twitter @caitlindmcgill.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Individual Essay, Ghost Stories.
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I am happy to consult on any form of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and writing about literature. My particular interests are dramatic novels and long stories which relish style, language, setting, and deep character, coming-of-age narratives, family-based memoir, travel memoir, writing about illness, and historical biography. I have broad experience in editing non-fiction books and articles for publication, and can help writers choose, edit and prepare creative writing samples for MFA applications, fellowships and grants.
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After completing an M.Phil in English Literature at Oxford, Nicole Miller worked at The New Yorker and The Oxford English Dictionary, where she is a longstanding scholarly reader in etymology. Her short stories have appeared twice in The May Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks, and her nonfiction won the Dorothy Cappon prize for the essay in New Letters magazine in 2014. She held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Boston, gaining her MFA in 2012.  In 2012, she was also awarded a Ph.D in Victorian Literature from University College, London. She currently edits faculty manuscripts for Harvard’s English Department and teaches creative writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda and the British novel at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. Her interests span the novel, short story, ghost story, essay, memoir and the translation of Modern Greek poetry. 
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir.
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Literary fiction and personal narrative nonfiction on all topics, including but not limited to work that takes on travel, war issues, science and medicine, illness, grieving, music, and suspense. Please contact for rates.
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Jenny Moore has provided thoughtful, constructive critiques to writers for two decades. Since earning her MFA at the New School in 2000, Jenny has honed her critiquing and writing chops in master-level workshops and one-on-one work with writers at every stage of the publishing process. Currently she’s working on her second novel and is an editor for literary, cultural, and financial publications. She is a contributor to the anthologies Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping (Seal Press, 2014) and Walk With Us: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives (CH Books, 2016). Her writing also has appeared in journals and online, as well as in Boston City Hall and Grub’s own Free Press.
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Scrivener, The Novel, Personal Essays
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Consults on novel-length projects and personal essay, with a particular interest and expertise in cross-cultural and international narratives, medical narratives, and themes exploring religion, identity, trauma, and/or war, and specializes in helping writers find the best structure for their work. Also offers private Scrivener lessons, both the basics, and how to best adapt it to work best for your specific project.
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As Director of Online and Special Programs at GrubStreet, Alison Murphy works on developing new and innovative models for our online and intensive programs, as well as overseeing our consulting program. When not at Grub, Alison can usually be found at her laptop with her faithful basset hound Murray at her feet, writing about war and pop culture, or teaching creative writing to inmates in the prison system. A 2016 James Jones First Novel Fellow and graduate of the 2014-2015 Novel Incubator, Alison is hard at work revising her first novel. Her nonfiction can be found in The Wall Street Journal, Men's Journal, PsychologyToday.com, and elsewhere.
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Rate: $100

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Short Fiction, the Novel, Literary Journalism, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-length Nonfiction
AREAS OF INTEREST
Everyone has the resources within themselves to get to a polished, dynamic manuscript that reflects their ideas, but sometimes writing can feel unwieldy, or creating a structure is daunting, or maybe help is needed to mine for material that sings and resonates for both the writer and the reader. The answer can be in asking the right question, or offering an alternative solution, or it can be in finding magic and atmosphere at the level of the sentence. This is an exciting time to be writing fiction or memoir because both genres have developed into open territories and almost anything goes—meaning the possibilities are many and the writer can learn to play at the same time as accomplish the work. I can help the writer develop their project so it’s aligned with what they really want to express. My specific interests are memoir, creative nonfiction essays, literary journalism, and fiction that ranges from short stories, including flash, to novels. Style can range from realism to fabulism, as I love the excitement of writing that pushes boundaries, as well as traditional narratives. Subjects could be personal history, special needs, the natural world, or ideas related to science, art and culture, and, whether it’s expressed through fiction or memoir, writing that reaches toward the mysteries of being human.
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Maria Mutch is the author of Know the Night, a memoir that was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards and chosen by Oprah.com as one of its "Memoirs Too Powerful to Put Down," as well as the story collection, When We Were Birds. Her debut novel, Molly Falls to Earth, will be released in April, 2020. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Poets & Writers, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Normal School and Guernica, among others. She practices Vipassana meditation and is currently in the teacher-training Mindfulness Meditation program through All That Matters Yoga Center, under Erin Sharaf. She lives with her husband and two sons, one of whom has Down Syndrome and autism, in Rhode Island.
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Memoir, Personal Essay, Short Fiction
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I'm particularly interested in cross-cultural narratives, narratives that aim to represent marginalized communities, stories about trauma, mental illness, identity, war, and mother/daughter relationships. I have extensive experience editing and giving detailed feedback on memoir and personal essays, and have helped students apply for graduate school and write query letters to agents.
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Rani is a professor of Creative Writing Ethnic American and Postcolonial Literature at Emerson College and Curry College. She has taught at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in ELLE.com, Al Jazeera English, The New York Times Book Review, Refinery29, Salon, Longreads, Catapult, The Rumpus, amongst other places. Additionally, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay in Redivider and her essay in Longreads. She was awarded a 2017 Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, MA. She is a 2017 Pauline Scheer Fellow and graduate of the Memoir Incubator at Grub Street working on a transnational memoir about fractured identity and her relationship with her mentally ill Bengali immigrant mother. She is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management.
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Individual Essay, Book-Length Non-Fiction.
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Science, brain science, education, music, medicine, health, parenting, politics.
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Dr. Ogi Ogas is a Research Fellow at the Harvard University School of Education, where he serves as Director of the Dark Horse Project. He co-authored the books A Billion Wicked Thoughts (Penguin, 2010), Shrinks (Little Brown, 2015),  The End of Average (Harper One, 2016),  The Drug Hunters (Arcade, 2016), and Dark Horse (Harper One, 2018). Shrinks was longlisted for the PEN Literary Science Writing Award and is currently being developed as a documentary series by PBS. He is presently working on the neuroscience book The Journey of the Mind (Norton, 2021) and a book about music entitled This is What It Sounds Like (Norton, 2022) .
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The Novel, Memoir, Book-Length Nonfiction, YA Literature
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As a literary agent, I am familiar with both the publishing industry and the craft of writing. I know what editors and other agents are looking for in a manuscript or proposal and am pleased to provide an array of editorial services to help you give your work its best shot at publication. Please send me an email description of your project and the kind of assistance you need. If the project seems like a possible fit for me, I will request an excerpt to determine whether or not I am the right editor for your work. My editorial experience is wide-ranging but some topics do fall outside my field of expertise or interest and I will not take on a project that I do not feel I can enhance or help to develop. Rates vary by service.   Thematic interests include but are not limited to: contemporary + historical fiction; family relationship + coming-of-age stories; history + current affairs; social + cultural issues; memoir; food.
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Amaryah Orenstein, founder and president of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, she represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, and is always looking for works that wed beautiful writing with a strong narrative and tackle big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways. Amaryah began her career at the Laura Gross Literary Agency in 2009 and, prior to that, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations, including the Tauber Institute, where she edited books for Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Amaryah earned a BA at McGill University before coming to the United States to pursue graduate studies in American History. She completed an MA at Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute and a PhD at Brandeis University, and currently serves as Co-President of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.
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Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, The Novel, The Novella or Short Novel, Memoir, Individual Essay.
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Catherine Parnell is the author of the memoir The Kingdom of His Will (Arrowsmith Press, 2007), and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Barnhouse, Redivider, The Southampton Review, Post Road, The Baltimore Review, slush pile, roger, Dos Passos Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Stone’s Throw Magazine, and Consequence Magazine, among others. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers and newsletters. She’s a contrubuting editor for Salamander and the senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine. She received her BA from Boston University and her MFA from Bennington College. She recently completed a collection of short stories and is working on a novella.
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Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, The Novel, The Novella or Short Novel, Poetry, Memoir, Individual Essay, Book-Length Non-Fiction, Genre Fiction (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.), Young Adult Fiction, Children's Literature, Line-edits, copyediting
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I'm interested in all forms of story, including speculative fiction (fantasy, weird fiction, horror, and other genre fiction), literary fiction, cross-genre/hybrid writing (or any writing that plays with form), fiction (long and short form) and nonfiction. I'm most excited by writing that plays with form, and that critiques and is concerned with gender, sexuality, popular culture, memory, and history.
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KL Pereira's chapbook, Impossible Wolves was published by Deathless Press is 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are forthcoming or appear in The Drum Literary Magazine, Shimmer Zine, Lightning Cake, The Golden Key, Innsmouth Free Press, Innsmouth Magazine, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, The Medulla Review, Bitch Magazine and other publications. Pereira’s work on fairy tales, sexuality, Wonder Woman, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are featured on Studio 360 and other radio programs, cited in numerous publications, and assigned in courses all over the United States and Canada. Find Pereira online on klpereira.com and @kl_pereira. 
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay, Genre Fiction
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I’ve provided consultation services on everything from poetry chapbooks to book-length academic projects to historical novels published by New York Times-bestselling authors. I'm particularly interested in helping clients who wish, with their writing, to shed light in these dark times. To that end, I'm drawn to stories from and about under-represented groups. I love working with clients operating within different genres, as I believe stories can be compelling whether they take place down the street today, 50 years ago, or on another planet. Come talk to me about your literary novel, your slipstream flash fiction, your comedic memoir, or your historical novella! I also offer cultural consulting & sensitivity reading; as a queer black woman who immigrated from Jamaica when I was young, I grew up noticing certain things about American culture(s) that my education and reading have helped me to name, enabling me to guide other writers who want to respect our complex human community.
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Maria Pinto is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Frigg, Necessary Fiction, The Toast, Word Riot and elsewhere. She studied Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brandeis University, where she was awarded the Dafna Gesundheit Prize for Fiction. She was an Ivan Gold Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston shortly after graduation, and in the summer of 2017 was selected to spend a month with four other writers in the Berkshires as a resident at The Mastheads, working in a studio on Herman Melville’s estate. When she’s not reading, writing her second novel, teaching creative writing, or freelance editing, she can be found in the woods exercising her left brain functions by studying fungi as an amateur mycologist. 
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short fiction, the novel, memoir, personal essay and book-length nonfiction.
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Thematic interests include but are not limited to contemporary fiction, women's issues, travel, class, humor, race. Please contact for rates.
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Heidi Pitlor has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. Previously, she was a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for ten years. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays (W.W. Norton, 2006) and The Daylight Marriage (Algonquin, 2015). Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and many other places. She will join the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Regis College in Denver in 2017.
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Novel, Short Fiction, Personal Essay
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I help people write stories that matter.
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Andrew holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University, as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees in Philosophy from the Graduate Center at CUNY and William & Mary, respectively. His writing has appeared in So It Goes (the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library's annual journal) and Oblong Magazine. An English Instructor with the Veterans Upward Bound program at Suffolk University, Andrew reads fiction and creative nonfiction for Harvard Review. Currently, he's working on his first novel, about a trauma survivor's journey to give voice to the unspeakable. After ten years abroad in Berlin and London, Andrew and his family moved to Brookline, Massachusetts, in 2018.
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Sophie Powell grew up in London and on a sheep farm in Wales. She is the author of the novel The Mushroom Man (Putnam Penguin) which received glowing reviews, including one from the New York Times Book Review, and which has been translated into several languages. She has also published short stories, including one in a collection selected by Zadie Smith. With a BA in Classics from Cambridge University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, she is especially fond of writing that involves myth, magic and fantasy. She has taught Creative Writing at Boston College, New York University, George Washington University and on seminars abroad, as well as in prisons and libraries. For more about Sophie, visit www.meetsophiepowell.com.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Literary Journalism (e.g. op-eds), Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-length Nonfiction
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Women's and commercial fiction, memoir, voice-driven narratives, inspirational stories, race/cultural explorations, pop culture, anything that will make me laugh...or cry.
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For the last fifteen years, I’ve had the privilege of discovering and publishing incredible books and being able to work with amazing writers to develop their craft and deliver their stories to the world.  I’ve been an in-house editor at various Big Five imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Hyperion, and, most recently, as a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster.  I’ve also worked independently, contracting with publishers, agents and writers for editorial work, content development and ghostwriting.  And, I’m starting a new journey on the “other side,” having sold two novels of my own (written with my amazing friend and writing partner, Jo Piazza.) The first, We Are Not Like Them, will be published by HarperCollins/Morrow in Spring 2021.  Throughout my publishing career, I’ve worked on a diverse range of projects across many categories, including many New York Times bestsellers. The through line to all of my work is a commitment to champion accomplished story-telling, distinctive voices, and narratives that drive discussion and offer emotional resonance and inspiration.  Stories can change hearts, minds— and the world.  Hokey, but true and I’m committed to delivering (and helping others deliver) those sorts of stories to readers who are eager for them.  Perhaps I can help you?
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The Novel, The Novella or Short Novel, Genre Fiction (Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, etc.), Genre Fiction (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.), Young Adult Fiction.
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Character-based, imaginative fiction; dialogue and description; visual and performing arts, pop culture, camp and kitsch; revision technique. I love stories about outsiders, weirdos and dreamers, rendered vividly through close attention to language, details and style.
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Kate Racculia is a writer who called Boston home for many years and currently resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the novels THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Her third novel, TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2019. You can find her online at www.kateracculia.com.
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The Novel, The Novella, Personal Essays, Memoir, Genre Fiction (Sci-Fi, Speculative), Screenwriting, YA and Children's Literature, Cultural Consulting/Sensitivity Reading (higher rate applies)
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I have extensive experience as a professional reader, editor, and book reviewer, along with cultural sensitivity reading, offering a multicultural lens (including African-American, Native American, Latinx, and Asian culture). I have assisted authors through novel manuscripts and essays. My specialty genres as a published writer are Speculative, Science Fiction (dystopian, apocalyptic, futurism, Cli-Fi --climate fiction). I have also published essays with themes that address social justice, memoir, land ethics, and artist-life themes. Cultural and sensitivity reading rate is $125/hour.
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Asata Radcliffe is a writer and multimedia artist. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Antioch University. She writes fiction, speculative & science fiction, and essays. She reviews for Kirkus Reviews and is the Editorial Director for the 2040 Review. She has writing that has appeared in anthologies and literary journals, including her work in The Chart Anthology, and Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (The Collection), released by Twelfth Planet Press. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature, with a focus on diverse futurism, speculative fiction, and ecology/land ethics. Currently, she is a faculty member at Maine College of Art.
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Novel, Short fiction, Memoir, Live storytelling
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Interests include: Chemistry of story / Aristotle's "pity, fear, catharsis;" Upmarket novels that are literary with a commercial hook (hybrid of literary and genre) focusing on character and plot; Stories based on truth /autobiographical fiction / fictionalized memoirs; Coaching students to perform live stories on stage (including editing the story, coaching on performance, rehearsing with the student); consultancy and translations on the culture, politics, and religions in Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan / Islamic societies
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Javed Rezayee is a writer, teacher, and storyteller. He is the founder of StorySlam!, an LLC for organizational change by means of storytelling, and a storytelling club. He has coached, organized, and emceed live storytelling events in Boston, New York, Nepal, Morocco, Turkey, and Sri Lanka for workplace inclusion, community building, and promoting diversity and inclusion. He’s told stories at the Moth, Massmouth, WGBH, International Institute of New England, and Northeast Storytelling among others. Javed graduated from Tufts University in 2010, as an adult student, where he now teaches a course on the structure and performance of live storytelling, featured The Power of a Story. Javed is currently working on his debut novel. He is also a developmental editor and a translator. His nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, Tufts Magazine, and Open Society Foundations. He’s authored an introduction to The Forbidden Reel (Daylight 2014). He’s been an associate producer of One Bullet Afghanistan, an upcoming documentary out of New York University, and a consultant for PBS/FRONTLINE’s Opium Brides. Javed's last translation project Chain of Command was with the National Geographic in New York City.
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I consult on speculative fiction, poetry, and literary translation. Speculative Fiction: science-fiction, fantasy, and related subgenres that explore the possible and impossible (urban fantasy, dark fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, space opera, etc.). Novel-length manuscripts welcome, as well as individual short works or collections of short works. Poetry: traditional form, poetry manuscripts, chapbooks, free verse, prose poetry, experimental forms, text in public space. Translation: Spanish/English, fiction or poetry in translation, individual pieces or manuscripts in translation. I am also happy to offer coachings for works-in-progress.
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Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban/Peruvian writer, artist, educator, and translator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her poetry and speculative fiction have appeared in The Loft Anthology, Origins Journal, DIALOGIST, Storyscape Journal, Embark Journal, The Green Mountains Review, The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, in Boston's City Hall as part of the 2015 and 2017 Mayor's Poetry Program, and elsewhere. She was awarded a 2017 St. Botolph's Emerging Artist Award in Literature and won the 2019 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry from Solstice Literary Magazine. Her book of translated poems by the Peruvian poet Blanca Varela (The Blinding Star: Selected Poems of Blanca Varela) will be published in 2021 by Tolsun Books.
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Aviv Rubinstien is a screenwriter, director, and teacher living in LA. He is writing this bio himself, in the third person, and feels very awkward about it.   With an MFA in screenwriting from Boston University, Aviv has worked as a screenwriter and/or script consulted for over a dozen feature films and TV Pilots. These works include Lift Me Up, Starring Shane Harper, Directed by Mark Cartier and Produced by North of Two Productions, Good Grief, Starring Rachel True, Erik Michael Cole and Jordan Ladd and Directed by Brandon Ford Green, and The Reason, Directed by Randall Stevens and starring Tatyana Ali and Oscar Winner, Louis Gossett Jr.   As a Director, Aviv has created narratives and documentaries including the musical road trip film The Anchorite, which calls on Aviv's own two-decade-long experience as a musician and music video director, and the extreme sports documentary Survive DC, which was recently optioned by 1620 Productions for packaging as a television series. Most recently, Aviv signed a two picture deal with AIR Media which finds him traveling to Asia to direct an original horror movie, Kingdom, and to Nevada to shoot an original western Desertion.   Aviv has been consulting and teaching screenwriting and filmmaking since 2007. He primarily teaches at Studio School in Los Angeles and Grub Street in Boston. He has guest lectured at Boston University and The University of Rhode Island.
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Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, The Novel, The Novella or Short Novel, Personal Essay, Book-Length Nonfiction, Feature Writing Other Services: Preparing the MFA Application, Submitting to Literary Magazines, Submitting to Agencies and/or Editors, Applying for Awards, Fellowships, Conferences, and Retreats, Intensive Line-Editing, Personal Writing Coaching, Career Skills for Writers
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Flash fiction, historical fiction, realism, magical realism, fabulism, experimental writing, column writing, social commentary, personal essay, lyric essay
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Matthew Salesses is the author of a novel, I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying, a novella, The Last Repatriate, and two chapbooks. In 2014, Thought Catalog Books will release two ebooks, Different Racisms and All-American Bear Terrorizes Canada. His current project is a serialized, illustrated novel, Marked, to be published by Gazillion Voices. Matthew has written nonfiction for The New York Times, NPR, Salon, the Center for Asian American Media, The Rumpus, and most often for The Good Men Project, where he is a Contributing Writer and Fiction Editor. His stories appear in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Witness, PEN America, West Branch, and over 50 others. He has received awards and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, [PANK], HTMLGIANT, IMPAC, Inprint, Emerson College, where he did his MFA, and the University of Houston, where he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature. He has taught writing at Grub Street, CCAE, 826 Boston, Writespace, and Inprint. More at matthewsalesses.com.
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Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, The Novel, The Novella or Short Novel, Memoir, Individual Essay, Book-Length Non-Fiction.
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International fiction and nonfiction, travel writing, nature writing, family memoir, literary fiction, magical realism fiction, historical fiction, linked stories, novellas.
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Shuchi Saraswat is a nonfiction editor at AGNI. Her writing has appeared in Ecotone, Tin House, Quick Fiction, Women's Review of Books, and Literary Hub. She received the Gulliver Travel Research Grant from The Speculative Literature Foundation and has received fellowships and scholarships to Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Writers Omi at Ledig House, The Writers' Room of Boston, Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She founded and directs the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith, an author events series focused on themes of migration and works in translation.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, The Novella or Short Novel, Memoir, Individual Essay, Book-Length Non-Fiction, Feature Writing, Humor Writing.
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Historical and literary fiction, short stories on all topics, memoir and book-length narrative nonfiction. I'm especially intrigued by themes that explore the conflict between the individual and the environment, whether political or personal. I love working with novices helping them find their voice and story, and I do significant work with seasoned writers preparing their material for submission. I help writers find the right tone and content for their query letter; choose the right material to showcase; and/or put together a compelling and relevant nonfiction book proposal. Agents and editors often hire me to work with their writers. While most of my editing is big picture, I also line edit and ghostwrite. 
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Katrin Schumann is the author of The Forgotten Hours (Lake Union, 2019), a Washington Post bestseller; This Terrible Beauty, a novel about the collision of love, art and politics in 1950s East Germany (March, 2020); and numerous nonfiction titles. She is the program coordinator of the Key West Literary Seminar. For the past ten years she has been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and in the MA prison system, through PEN New England. Before going freelance, she worked at NPR, where she won the Kogan Media Award. Katrin has been granted multiple fiction residencies. Her work has been featured on TODAY, Talk of the Nation, and in The London Times, as well as other national and international media outlets, and she has a regular column on GrubWrites. Katrin can also be found at katrinschumann.com, and on Twitter and Instagram: @katrinschumann.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Literary Journalism, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-length Nonfiction, YA & Children's Literature
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I love character driven stories - short or long, but particularly love the deep dive of coaching someone while they work through their manuscript length projects. I'm attracted to bold and brave writing that confronts the human condition with honesty - sentences that don't shy away from the drama and wildness of the heart. I love a crazy sentence as much as I love an impactful, simple one. I'm particularly skilled in helping writers find systems that work for them in developing balance between deep understanding of craft as a functional, grounding force and the illusive, dreamlike nature of the intuition. It's always a deep privilege to support writers in making their stories - fiction or not - the best versions of themselves. 
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Kate is the Assistant Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a Grub Street writing instructor, and a workshop facilitator for Writers for Recovery in Vermont. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her fiction has received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Short Fiction contest and been published in The Laurel Review, The Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com, where she was the fiction editor for two years.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-length nonfiction
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I specialize in editing and providing constructive feedback on fictional narratives, be it short stories, novellas, or novels. While literary fiction is my primary focus, I appreciate genre-bending work that defies easy categorization. I love working with emerging and established writers committed to honing their craft and elevating their manuscripts to achieve new heights. Given that much of my fiction incorporates historical elements, I have completed extensive research in the areas of stand-up comedy, nineteenth and twentieth-century American history, post-WW II Japan, and Jewish culture. Aside from manuscripts, I am eager to assist writers with book/story research and literary magazine submission strategies.
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Douglas Silver's fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, New England Review, The Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal, Crazyhorse, The Literary Review,  Callaloo, Blackbird, and elsewhere. He has been a finalist in competitions by Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Zoetrope: All-Story. A grant recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation and former writer-in-residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, he lives in Manhattan where he writes and fosters rescue dogs. Read more at www.DouglasSilver.com
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Literary Journalism, Memoir, Personal Essay and Book-Length Nonfiction, Applying for Awards, Fellowships & Retreats, Intensive Line-Editing, Cultural Consulting/Sensitivity Reading, Personal Writing Coaching
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My areas of interest include works of nonfiction that explore personal transformation, social justice, politics, race, gender, education, music, pop culture criticism, art history, cultural history, literary criticism and the complexities of American identity and history. I am interested in consulting on both research-based works and personal reflections. I enjoy working with writers from all backgrounds, particularly writers of color and underrepresented writers.
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Willona has published non-fiction, fiction and poetry in literary journals that include BlazeVOX, The Rumpus, Bohemia and Remolinos (the blog of riverSedge). She has more than 15 years of experience working as a staff writer and editor, and she currently consults with nonprofit organizations and corporate clients. As a freelance writer, Willona has published in publications that include Paste, Publisher’s Weekly, Fresh Cup and DCist. She is also the managing editor and curator of Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture (2019), which features art, music and literature from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica ( www.blackcoffeevinyl.com) Willona teaches writing workshops and hosts literary events that use literature and creative writing to foster dialogue and enhance cultural understanding. She has taught creative writing workshops at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (DC), and she also has led workshops in Iceland, Canada and virtually in Serbia. She has received two Artist Fellowship awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and participated in several artist residencies and writing workshops. Willona earned a BA in English from the University of Virginia and an MA in Literature from American University.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Book-Length Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Publishing & Promotion, Career Development
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With over seventeen years in the business as an acquisitions editor, developmental editor, and most recently, literary agent, I can help authors at any stage of their careers. From brainstorming ideas, completing a proposal for submission to editors and agents, as well as answering any questions regarding the business, decision-making, steps, broadening one’s platform, promotional ideas, etc., I can consult on various topics assisting the author with their publication needs. Price List: General consulting: $100 per hour. Proposal Reviews: Editor will provide feedback on synopsis/outline and/or query letter, as well as the first few chapters of the manuscript (up to 50 pages total, including query letter and synopsis): $350  First Read: Overall feedback on your book with suggestions on how it fits in the marketplace: $75 per hour.
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Latoya C. Smith started her editorial career as an administrative assistant to New York Times bestselling author, Teri Woods at Teri Woods Publishing while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Temple University. She graduated Cum Laude from Temple in August of 2005. She then attained a full-time position at Kensington Publishing in March of 2006. In October 2006, Latoya joined Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group. For the span of her eight years there, Latoya acquired a variety of titles from Hardcover fiction and non-fiction, to digital romance and erotica. She was featured in Publishers WeeklyandUSA Today, as well as on various author, book conference, and book blogger websites. In early 2014, she appeared on CSpan2 where she contributed to a panel discussing the state of book publishing. From August 2014 to February 2016, Latoya was Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing where she acquired short and long-form romance and erotic fiction. She is the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year, 2017 Golden Apple for Agent of the Year, and the 2017 Literary Jewels Award for Editor of the Year.  Latoya provides editorial services and literary representation through her company, LCS Literary Services.
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Memoir, Personal Essay, Book Length Nonfiction, Children’s Literature
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I’ve helped novice and veteran nonfiction writers improve their work and get published through careful attention to macro issues such as structure, flow, audience, voice, and purpose; as well as micro issues such as grammar, punctuation, and redundancy. I view my role as a collaborator, coach, and cheerleader. My specialties include personal essays, creative nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. As an award-winning picture-book author, I consult with prospective or active children’s-lit writers who want help with project concepts, manuscript editing, and/or industry information. I also consult on query letters. In addition, I offer personal coaching to help writers understand and work through writer’s block and other inner obstacles to creativity.
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Debbie Sosin is a writer, editor, teacher, and psychotherapist. Her picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place (Parallax Press, 2015), was named the Gold Winner in Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. The book also won the 2016 Silver Medal for Children's Picture Books (7 & Under) from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and was named a 2015 Bronze Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards. Her first nonfiction book, Breaking Free of Addiction: 42 Therapeutic Tools to Help You Recover from Problem Drug and Alcohol Use, was published by Between Sessions Resources in Fall 2017. A craft essay, "The Self as Antihero in the Essays of Nora Ephron, David Sedaris, and Steve Almond," was the cover story in the Oct/Nov 2015 issue of The Writer's Chronicle. Other essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Globe Magazine, Zone 3, The Manifest-Station, Writer's Digest, The Review Review, Journal News, on Salon, Cognoscenti, in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the Perspectives in Modern History series. Since 2009, Debbie has facilitated Write It Like It Is workshops and groups in the Boston area. She also offers personal coaching and manuscript consultation for writers at all levels. She earned her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and her MFA from Lesley University. Learn more at www.deborahsosin.com.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay
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Literary fiction of any sort, with particular interest in character-driven fiction, family sagas, historical fiction, research-based fiction, and the immigrant experience. I am also interested in personal or research-based non-fiction.
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Kate Southwood is the author of Falling to Earth (a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick) and Evensong. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, HCE Review, Fiction Writers Review, Literary Hub and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives and writes in Oslo, Norway. Her website is katesouthwood.com. “Kate's ability to see a piece of writing simultaneously in a structural/developmental sense and on a sentence level has been critical to my work as an essayist and memoirist. She offers multiple developmental suggestions in a way that is inspiring rather than overwhelming, and she has an uncanny ability to identify even the slightest misstep in tone. She makes me want always to strive to give her my very best work, because I know it will come back to me sounding even more like the way I want to write. Her turnaround time is lightning fast. I highly recommend her.” – Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes (contributor to Not That Bad, ed. Roxane Gay)
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Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-Length Nonfiction
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I genuinely enjoy teaching writing and working with writers. I focus on personal narrative and memoir because the personal is what I avoided when I tried writing fiction. You know Superman’s disguise as Clark Kent? That was me with fiction; my true self always came out.  So, I gave into memoir and concentrated on writing and studying it for my MFA. The more complicated the subject matter, the more I am moved to find how to explore it in writing.  Working with tough subjects is one of the areas I focus on when I teach creative nonfiction. Most of us, who struggle to write our traumatic stories,  can’t find a way that feels right to portray in our narratives and I like to help other writers find the best ways to communicate hard truths.  When I am not teaching, I coach writers on book-length projects in nonfiction, give editorial input on professional writing and storytelling,  I do some copyediting, and lead seminars on writing.  When I coach writers, I like to set meaningful and attainable goals that further a project along. If I am helping in a revision process, it is a truly collaborative approach in which the author and I continuously find ways to get deep into the narrative and the concept for the work. I’ve worked in person, and I’ve also done virtual editing work. All of these situations come with a different energy, and I look forward to each and every single one of them. I am bilingual in English and Español. 
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Daphne Santana Strassmann is Memoirist. She writes about the intangible spaces between her Latino heritage and her American life.  She’s passionate about memoir as craft and its relationship to memory, especially in the digital age.  As an academic, she teaches bright first-year college students in several Boston universities. Her work has been featured in Creative NonFiction, Grub Writes, Tex{t}Mex, and several textbooks. Daphne runs generative writing seminars every month in several locations in the Boston area, she leads a group of memoirists at MIT, and she coaches organizations with big-scale writing projects. Creating physical and metaphorical spaces where writers can engage or re-engage with their process is a big part of what inspires and motivates her teaching.  .
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Individual Essay, Book-Length Non-Fiction.
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Education, travel, politics, and, music. Much of my own writing been inspired by my experiences living and traveling in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as working with immigrants and refugees in urban communities, so I am particularly interested in assisting on projects dealing with diverse settings and characters.
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Adam Stumacher is an author and educator whose fiction and nonfiction have appeared in in The New York Times, Granta, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Night Train, Massachusetts Review, Five Chapters, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, was anthologized in Best New American Voices, and won a Nelson Algren Award and the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He holds degrees from Cornell University and Saint Mary's College and was a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He has been awarded tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Spiro Arts, and others. He has taught at MIT, the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Wisconsin, Saint Mary's College, and Grub Street. A longtime educator in urban schools, he has been awarded the Sontag Prize in Urban Education and a fellowship from the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College, and his commentaries on education appear regularly on NPR.
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Young Adult Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, and Adult Fiction.
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I am open to all types of fiction, but I especially like middle grade and YA realistic fiction.
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Mary Sullivan's middle grade novel, Dear Blue Sky (Penguin), won the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Award.  She is also the author of the novels Stay and Ship Sooner, and she has ghostwritten for the Beacon Street Girls series. She has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Literature, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, and a St. Botolph's Award.  She was also chosen as one of the Borders' Original New Voices.  She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their four children.
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Poetry
 (all aspects from the page to the stage), Playwriting (generative, short plays - flash plays and 10-minute and 1-acts), scenes, full   length development), Personal Essay, Short Fiction (especially flash fiction), interdisciplinary and performance work; social action writing/writing in collaboration with communities and organizations, touring universities (speaking, lectures, performing), marketing your work, teaching writing, building your platform and audience.
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As a poet, playwright, performer, and educator, my mission is to create, and help others create, work that provokes dialogue around themes such as race, gender, and the body in order to provoke dialogue and social change.  My belief is that through writing we can recover lost narratives and forge new ones drawing from a rich diversity of perspectives.  While I have training in poetry and playwriting, I am drawn towards work that experiments with and plays with form, the page, and performance.  In my poetry, I utilize archival texts to create a poly-vocality when rendering history; I like to use the page as a sort of visual map for these voices and moments in time.  While I am interested in fragmentation and visual and sonic qualities to language, I also am drawn to narrative and lyrical poetry that emulates the voice and is inspired by speech and music. As a playwright, I utilize interdisciplinary modes for storytelling. I encourage my students to take risks, do research, dig into your own histories.  In my one-on-one consulting, I am interested in how you can find your own unique voice, seeing all of the tools of writing as exciting paint colors and textures in a palette - or instruments to make just the right sounds. Since teaching writing has been my profession since 2002, I am passionate about encouraging, nurturing and supporting students in generating language, expressing yourselves, and using the editing process as one of refining and making your work shine. Writing should also be cathartic, illuminating, and fun, and I hope to support you in finding such discoveries.
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Poet, playwright, performer and college instructor Aimee Suzara has graced stages and classrooms nationally with spoken word, plays and workshops. A Mills MFA alumni (2006), her poems have been published widely and her first poetry book, SOUVENIR, was a Willa Award Finalist (2015). Her plays have been staged at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Thick House, Bindlestiff Studios and Brava Theater; her play TINY FIRES was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwright's Festival.   She has collaborated and performed as a performing poet with Dance Theater companies such as Deep Waters Dance Theater, Ramon Alayo Dance Company and University Dance Theater, and her poetry has been adapted into an opera, a choreographed dance piece, and theatrical scripts.  Her work has earned the YBCAway Award, AROHO Spirited Woman Award and she was a 2016 Artist Investigator with CalShakes.  Committed to helping writers develop their voices, she has been teaching English, Composition, Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Studies for 13 years at the college level as well as poetry and spoken word to youth and adults; she is currently a lecturer at San Francisco State University in Asian American Studies Department and City College of San Francisco in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and an online instructor at Grubstreet based in Boston.
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Grace Talusan lives in Somerville and teaches writing at Tufts University. She has published essays and stories in Creative Nonfiction, The Boston Globe, Brevity, Buran, Tufts Magazine, Colorlines, and other publications. She earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine and a Massachusetts Artist Grant in Fiction.
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Short Fiction, The Novel.
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I'm curious about the whole spectrum of novels and short stories, both literary and genre. Through my own writing, I have a lot of experience working with historical fiction, as well as magic realism, fantasy, and other forms of speculative fiction. 
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A 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellow, Cam Terwilliger's writing has appeared in a number of magazines, including West Branch, Electric Literature, Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction  and Narrative, where he was selected as one of the magazine's "15 Under 30." His fiction has also been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program, Brown University, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society. A graduate of Emerson College's MFA, he teaches at NYU when he isn't teaching at Grub Street .
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Short Fiction Flash Fiction The Novel Personal Essay Young Adult Fiction Children’s Literature Poetry
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I enjoy fiction, narrative verse, poetry, and personal essays. In fiction I'm drawn to contemporary realism, cross-cultural, international, diverse, Asia-set and Asia-related, science/natural history threads, and historical. Adult: short fiction, flash fiction, novels, personal essays, narrative poetry/verse novels, fiction in translation, multimedia poetry. YA and Children's: young adult fiction, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, verse novels, biographies, picture books of all varieties, poetry.
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Holly Thompson is the author of the young adult verse novels The Language Inside and Orchards, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (both Delacorte/Random House), and the middle grade verse novel Falling into the Dragon's Mouth (Henry Holt). She is also author of the adult novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press), the picture books The Wakame Gatherers (Shen's/Lee & Low) Twilight Chant (Clarion), and One Wave at a Time (Albert Whitman), and she compiled and edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction--An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press) to support teens in 2011 tsunami impacted areas of Tohoku. Originally from Massachusetts and a longtime resident of Japan, she holds a B.A. in biology and an M.A. from the NYU Creative Writing Program and serves as Co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI Japan. Holly visits schools and offers workshops in the U.S., Japan and internationally, and teaches creative writing at Grub Street, Yokohama City University and U.C. Berkeley Extension.
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The Novel
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Consults on novel-length projects with a particular interest and expertise in transgender and non-binary narratives, queer narratives, and themes exploring poverty, class, mental health, and gender. Available for both cultural consulting and craft guidance, including voice, structure, and outlining. Also offers guidance on query letters, pitches, and expectations of the agent process.
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Milo Todd is a writer, editor, and educator. His fiction focuses on trans and queer history, with additional works on the trans experience and the trans body. His fiction has appeared in Foglifter, Home is Where You Queer Your Heart (Foglifter Press), and Emerge: The 2019 Lambda Fellows Anthology (Lambda Literary Press). His other works have appeared on Writer Unboxed, Dead Darlings, GrubWrites, and Everyday Feminism, among others. Milo was selected as a 2020 Pitch Wars Mentee and a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction for his novel SNUFF and received a fellowship to attend the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. He is an alum of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator Program, where he received a Pechet Fellowship for his novel THE FALCON OF DOVES. Milo has presented regularly at the Boston Book Festival and The Muse & The Marketplace. He curates Writing Beyond Binaries, a panel series celebrating trans and nonbinary writers’ experiences in various stages of their careers. He consults on fiction manuscripts and transgender inclusion in the classroom.
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Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, The Novel, The Novella or Short Novel.
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As a consultant I love working with writers at all stages of their projects in order to develop and refine their ideas. Some of my clients seek feedback for a story that feels close to publication, others need a combination of coaching and feedback in order to complete a novel draft. Whatever your needs are as a writer, I'm happy to offer consultation services that are rigorous but encouraging, empowering you to complete your best work. At Grub Street and elsewhere, I have taught novel writing, short story writing, flash fiction and nonfiction. My goal as an instructor and a consultant is to help writers strengthen their own voices and find the stories they want to tell. Many of my students and clients have gone on to receive fellowships and literary awards and to publish their work in a variety of venues. I am also the founder of The Review Review, a website dedicated to reviews of literary magazines and interviews with journal editors. For over a decade I have culled information from the vast lit mag landscape and read countless literary magazines. If you're looking for suggestions on where to submit your work, or need advice on preparing a manuscript for submission, I am happy to discuss this as well.
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I am a fiction and nonfiction writer, based in Pittsburgh, PA. My fiction has been honored with fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Somerville, MA Arts Council, as well as awards from Briar Cliff Review, Glimmer Train and Moment Magazine. Other writing has appeared in Salon, McSweeney's, Post Road, Salt Hill, The Offing, Hobart, Barrelhouse, Monkeybicycle, Literary Mama, Tahoma Literary Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Tikkun, Virginia Quarterly Review online and several anthologies including Best of the Net. I am also Founder of The Review Review, a website dedicated to reviews of lit mags and interviews with journal editors. The Review Review was listed for seven consecutive years in Writer's Digest's list of 101 Best Websites for Writers.
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Screenwriting: (TV, Stageplays, Dialogue, Monologue Writing, Format, Structure, Script Coverage, Script Editing, Translation from Spanish to English or English to Spanish, Co-Writing, Script Doctor)
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If you are interested in writing a screenplay or a stage play but do not know where to start, I can offer one-on-one consultation on screenplay format, structure and help you with feedback on dialogue and character development. I also offer script coverage, script editing and even script translation from English to Spanish or Spanish to English. If you are looking for a co-writer or script doctor for your script idea, I would be happy to help with that as well! If you need help with anything related to the development of your script I would be happy to help.
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Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director and actress originally from the city of Boston. She studied Writing for Film and Television at Emerson College and graduated in 2009. After graduating from Emerson she moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to work on developing projects in film and television including working as Second AD for the television show "Juanita's Gran Salon y Spa". In 2010 she started La Gringa Loca Productions, a multi-media production operation which has since produced three stage plays both in Boston and the Dominican Republic: "RANT!" (2008), "Show Up" (2012), and "Queseyocuanto" (2012), a 60 Min. Narrative Film "Saturday" (2010), two promotional videos for Miss Rizos "Lecciones en La Calle" (2011), a Documentary Web Series, "Onomatopeyas Dominicanas" (2013­-2014), an official commercial for Miss Rizos Salón in Santo Domingo (2015 and 2016), a comedic web series “The Pineapple Diaries” (2015-2016). In 2016 Paloma was the recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City Grant. With this grant she produced, through La Gringa Loca Productions, season two of "The Pineapple Diaries". Episode 17 "Pero Mi Cédula No" of season one won the Special Jury Prize at the International Festival of Santo Domingo Mujeres en Cortos 2016. The Episode "Brunch" from "The Pineapple Diaries" was Official Selection at the Roxbury International Film Festival 2017. The Episode "Untitled" was Official Selection at the Latino Short Film Festival 2017, Official Selection at the Howard University Film Festival 2018, Finalist at the Rolda Webfest 2018, Official Selection at the Providence Latin American Film Festival 2018 and Official Selection at the New Orleans Film Festival 2018. Paloma continues to produce and direct for various projects through La Gringa Loca Productions including the Official Music video for Dominican artist AcentOh for his song “2020” and a promotional video for Write Boston’s Teens in Print Program. She plays the role of Lolita in the upcoming Dominican coming-of-age comedy, "Un 4to de Josue" set to premiere in October of 2018. Paloma has worked as Second AD for three Dominican feature films and is currently in Boston touring "The Pineapple Diaries" Monologue Writing Workshop. Paloma has been awarded as one of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Creative Luminaries of 2018-2019. She is very excited to be joining GrubStreet as a Teaching Artist!
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Poetry, Short Fiction, Personal Essay, Academic/Analytic Essay, Literary Journalism, Memoir, Curriculum Development, Reading List Compliation
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I'm primarily a poet who has taught writing across genres including workshops and intensives dedicated to academic writing, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and literary journalism. Prior to focusing on poetry, I trained with a range of platforms in the journalism industry and am interested in the intersection of poetry and reportage and the personal and the political. As an instructor, I've created courses that consider the narratives of marginalized people and their experiences, digital literacy, and family/collective historical narratives among other themes.
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Renia is a poet from the east coast. She earned her BA in Journalism from Howard University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. A BOAAT Fellow, she's taught university and pre-collegiate writing at both Cornell University and The School of the New York Times. She's won awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation and Sonora Review and has been a finalist for honors from Southern Indiana Review, Yemassee, Cosmonauts Avenue, Indiana Review, and other publications. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Offing, Prelude, Tahoma Literary Review, Slice, Ruminate, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.
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Short Fiction, The Novel, Memoir, Personal Essay, Book-Length Nonfiction
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About me: I spent almost 20 years as an editor at a top literary journal, and as a teacher and a writer of novels and essays-- which means I know how it feels to be on both sides of the desk. At Tin House I edited books, short fiction, essays, and literary food and drink writing, and I have a particular affinity for stories about the complex bargains and specific weirdness of family, marriage and romantic relationships, and professional life. I’m more attuned to mining emotional complexities than formal experimentation, and am a big believer in creating a vivid sensory world.  If you need assistance as you get your bearings in a new project, I'll ask questions to help firm up your intentions or guide you in experimenting productively, creating the situations that will yield story later—even if you don’t yet know what it will be. I especially love to help writers find the unexpected pathways in a situation or character. They say all the stories have been told, and they probably have, which is why I think human complexity is what will make yours new and intriguing. If you've hit a wall halfway through your draft, let’s talk about what I see in your pages so far. When you’re getting toward the final stages of a project, I can help you condense a baggy manuscript, polish a final draft for submission, and add texture and vigor to your prose. At all stages, I can design prompts and exercises for inspiration or to help you unlock a tricky writing problem or project.  I charge $125 per hour, which includes detailed tracked changes and extensive margin comments and an editorial letter of roughly 2 pages for a story or up to 10 +, single spaced, for a book-length manuscript. I also am happy to answer emails along the way as needed, and I include a follow-up phone or video conference, or two, after you’ve had time to go over my suggestions (or to get started as we decide how best to work together). I meet writers wherever they need help, so let me know what you’re working with and we can devise a productive method. We can also change it up, if needed. 
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Michelle Wildgen has over twenty years of experience as an editor and writer, including 18 years with the award-winning literary journal Tin House. She is the author of three novels: You’re Not You, which was a NYT Editor’s Choice and was made into a feature film starring Hilary Swank; But Not For Long; and Bread and Butter. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and “Modern Love” column, Tin House, as well as O Magazine, Real Simple, The Writer, Best Food Writing, and in anthologies like Death by Pad Thai and Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. Her short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. In 2013, with novelist Susanna Daniel, she cofounded the Madison Writers’ Studio, which offers small MFA-level workshops in fiction and nonfiction in Madison, Wisconsin, and has taught at UW-Madison, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Tin House Writer's Workshop, where she has mentored individual writers and consulted on their book manuscripts since 2005. You can find out more at www.michellewildgen.com or www.madisonwriters.com.
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