Wildly Improve
Your Creative Writing Skills


 
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The first and most important goal is to make you a better writer.

Through detailed feedback, guided revisions, and lengthy discussions, we'll address all elements of your writing style—from characterization to voice to frame to language—in order to show you what you're doing really well and which bad writing habits you need to drop. 

 

The second goal is to improve your short stories.

We've got your back. Rigorous feedback will show you how to shape your narrative into the kind of story that gets published—without ever changing your voice, perspective, or vision. Experiment with mood, style, and focus, and work according to your specific needs. 

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The third goal is to get your stories published in literary magazines.

This'll be you, riding into the sunset! Because by the time we're done working together, you'll be ready to submit to literary magazines. And chances are pretty good that you'll be spotted, since agents read literary magazines and editors recommend new writers to agents. Book deals at the Big Five? We've seen it happen more than once.

 

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185.00
Book The Road Map

THE ROAD MAP

Written feedback on your story + writing habits

  • Questionnaire to uncover your goals, motives, and development.
  • 2-3 page brief with feedback on your writing style and a game plan for strengthening the focus, characters, development, and voice of your short story.
  • Comments in the margin of your story to provide specific examples of characters, language, or narrative that can be strengthened. 
 
 

THE LINE EDIT

Written feedback on your story + a line edit

  • All ROAD MAP features (questionnaire, 2-3 page brief, and comments in the margin of your story)
  • Once you've reworked your story, send it back to us for a line edit and we'll smooth the flow, pacing, and polish of your story. Line edits are done using Track Changes in Word. Line edits may: 
    • Trim words or sentences that are superfluous
    • Tighten dialogue to create fuller and more realistic characters
    • Point out tonal shifts in narrative
    • Add words to clarify your meaning
    • Suggest changes to improve descriptive language
365.00
book the line edit
 

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PRIVATE WORKSHOP

Three rounds of edits + two conferences + assigned readings

  • All ROAD MAP features (questionnaire, 2-3 page brief, and comments in the margin of your story)
  • A second round of feedback to measure additional improvements.
  • Line edit to trim, tighten, clarify, and establish rhythm.
  • 2 video conferences
  • Assigned readings that are exemplary of your writing style.
  • A written guide to finding and fixing your most common mistakes, custom for each writer.
  • Answer all your writing-related questions, including advice on where to submit your short story.
525.00
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TESTIMONIALS


Laura is a fantastic editor, professional, experienced, with a great enthusiasm and appreciation for fiction and a grounded approach to attending to the nuts and bolts of craft.
— Dov Zeller, author of Book of Hats
Laura told me what four other editors didn’t.
— Linda Bernal
Laura went above and beyond to help me improve my short story. I can not recommend her enough. Her notes were encouraging, clear, and thoughtful.
— Erin Augustine
A valuable asset in my effort to write something worth reading. Laura was a pleasure to work with: great attitude, very professional, makes good use of the Chicago Manual of Style, and she is a nice person. Accomplished the work on time and answered my follow-up questions. I highly recommend Laura.
— Eddie Reeves, author of When Sin Stops

On the Fence?

Still unsure which level of editing makes the most sense for you?
Schedule a quick call with us so we can learn more about you.