Do you need a second set of eyes on your work?
I’d love to help. I have a passion for working with writers to help them fully achieve their vision. I wrote fiction and creative nonfiction on my own for years before attending the MFA program at Colorado State University, and the combination of what I learned from trial and error and the excellent advice I got from my professors at CSU will allow me to help guide your writing and allow you to reach your goals. I’ve also taught composition for the last three and a half years at CSU, and enjoy helping improve non-literary writing as well, working to achieve clarity and appeal effectively to an audience. I’ve facilitated creative writing workshops and read/edited for Colorado Review, and I’m currently a reader for Ruminate’s literary magazine, The Waking. My work has been published by Sundog Lit, Hobart, X-R-A-Y, and elsewhere. I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
If you could use help achieving your writing goals, I’d love to work with you! Below are some of the things we might talk about, depending on your genre:
CNF (Creative Nonfiction)
- “I now” vs “I then” narrator (does your narrator know the things that you, the author sitting at the desk, know? Or are you writing from the standpoint of an earlier self, one who has yet to learn certain crucial insights?)
- When to use scene vs reflection
- Establishing and exploring a central concern
- Braided/mosaic essay structure
- Using subtext to create better dialogue
- Establishing a stout stake
- Writing in the context of desire
- Refracting your story through your character’s consciousness
- Giving your story “a clock”
- Narrative Distance – how close to your character’s consciousness are you?
- Effectively writing to an audience (audience appeals: logos, ethos, and pathos)
- Identifying your purpose and ensuring that all your writing works toward achieving it with your audience
- Using structure to achieve better clarity
- Using style and tone to keep your particular audience engaged
I’ve loved working with writers on making significant revisions to their literary fiction and nonfiction, and it’s been exciting to see them find wonderful homes for their work. Writing that I’ve helped edit has won the Crazyshorts! contest, placed second in the Florida Review’s Editor’s Awards, and been published at Split Lip, The Normal School, and elsewhere.
- 1-500 words: $25
- 501-1,000 words: $35
- 1,001-3,000 words: $50
- 3,001-6,000 words: $85
- 6,000-10,000 words: $130
- I’ll read your piece at least two times, making comments each time
- Marginal comments (including line edits)
- End Note: A short letter about your piece
- Extra $30 for a half hour Zoom call
- Extra $50 for full hour Zoom call
- 1-4 week turnaround
If you choose to share your work with me, I’ll tailor my feedback to your specific piece of writing while also offering advice that might help you when you get stuck on your next story, essay, article, or report. Of course, I’m happy to look at a second, third, or fourth piece of your writing, but I also want you to come away with a fuller understanding of what might cause you to stumble in your writing, and some strategies you can use on your own to make your work shine. My end note will likely touch on some of the topics listed above, and I’ll make connections between them and your work.
I think that writing is a profound way to make meaning in the world, and to connect with other people, and that’s what I’m most focused on. I want to work collaboratively to figure out what you’d most like to achieve with your writing, and then help you get there. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, I’d love a chance to work with you! To inquire about services, please send an email to the address below. Keep writing!