Bring clarity and cleanliness to your writing.

 
 

AT CLYDE

We work with people who want to wildly improve
their short stories + creative writing skills.

WE LOVE SHORT STORIES

And they're an effective tool for teaching writers how to build realistic characters, lean into voice, and spot repetitious narrative mistakes.

 
 

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WRITERS WE'VE WORKED WITH

Joyce Carol Oates
Lydia Davis
Aimee Bender
César Aira
T.C. Boyle
Nelly Reifler
David James Poissant

John Banville
Noam Chomsky
Bonnie Nadzam
Chinelo Okparanta
Justin Taylor
Amy Grace Loyd
Andrés Neuman
 

Sergio Chejfec
Enrique Vila-Matas
Lara Vapnyar
Edwidge Danticat
John Freeman
Charles Simic
Kathleen Alcott


 

NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT WORKING
WITH US

"Laura told me what four other editors didn’t."

"I am amazed at her attention to detail and meticulous editing of sentences to convey ideas in the best possible way, without changing my author voice."

"Went above and beyond to help me improve my short story. Her notes were encouraging, clear, and thoughtful. "

 

THE ROAD MAP:
WILDLY IMPROVE YOUR SHORT STORY

 

1- QUESTIONNAIRE

Questions about your behind-the-scenes thought process will have you thinking about your story in new ways.

2. AN IN-DEPTH EDITORIAL LETTER

This addresses the important parts of your story. Is the reader hooked to your narrator? Do you need more/less background information? Are characters credible and complex? Does the ending feel satisfying?

3- COMMENTS IN THE MARGIN OF YOUR STORY

Specific examples will help to guide your revisions. We'll mark areas where you can expand your story, highlight paragraphs that could be woven in elsewhere, point out where you are telling vs. showing, note clichéd phrases, and call out characters that are too simple.


Ready for your writing career?

Yes! A good short story can get you noticed by an agent, which can lead to a publisher, and then a book deal. We've seen it happen more than once!

On the Fence?

Still unsure which level of editing makes the most sense for you? Let's talk about what you're looking for.