One-on-One Consultations


Would you like a one-on-one consultation for your:

short story or novel;

essay, memoir, or magazine article;

screenplay or TV pilot?

Do you want to take your work up a level? Endeavor to make it really shine? Or, work out issues that may be plaguing you? Have a second set of eyes locate those pesky problems you’re not able to see? Or, maybe you just need someone to double-check that story or novel, or that screenplay or TV pilot before you start querying agents, or start approaching producers and studios.

We will consult on a work-in-progress or a completed manuscript. We will tailor-make our responses to your individual needs, issues, and questions. Just tell us what it is you’d like to accomplish. Where necessary we will offer advice on elements of craft, outlining, and revising.

Whatever your specific need is, we can help.

Is this your first attempt at writing a piece of fiction, or an essay, or screenplay? We can help you with those too. One-on-one consultations can assist the first-time writer in jump-starting the creative writing, or writing for the screen process. With your consultant’s encouragement and coaching, you’ll be on your way to writing that story, essay or screenplay trapped inside you. The one you really need to write—the one that must get out into the world.

Our instructors are available to assist the writers of fiction, (flash fiction, short stories, novels, novellas), nonfiction (essays, memoir, creative nonfiction, feature writing) and screenplays (feature scripts, short film scripts, and TV pilots). We will help these writers polish and perfect their writing through one-on-one consultation.

Applying to an MFA program in creative writing? Need to perfect that writing sample and statement of purpose?  We can help there too!

Your consultation for any of the above includes:

A. A complete and thorough reading of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript, screenplay or TV pilot, or MFA writing sample and statement of purpose.

B. Written comments and editorial suggestions for your next draft.

C. A 30-minute telephone or Skype in-person meeting to discuss your work, and the steps you should take next.

Schedule a consultation today!

Our Services & Pricing

Fiction (short form) -- $225 flat rate plus .01/per word; this option is for short stories (100 to 20,000 words) and novellas (20,000 to 50,000 words).

Fiction (long form) -- $375 flat rate plus .02/per word; this option is for novel and short story collection manuscripts (50,000 to 110,000 words).

For fiction consultations contact:

A Pushcart Prize nominee, C. Gregory Thompson writes short stories, plays, screenplays, novels and memoir. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Maine Review, Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal and Reunion: The Dallas Review. His work also appears in the anthologies: Made in L.A., Vol.2, and Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018. Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. His short play Cherry won two playwriting awards.

He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. He also has a BFA in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Here he wrote and directed the awarding-winning student film “Elysian Fields.” He recently left a longtime career in the film business as an awards consultant to Hollywood studios and now devotes full time to writing and teaching. He lives in greater Los Angeles, California with his partner.

Nonfiction (short form) -- $225 flat rate plus .01/per word; this option is for essays and magazine articles (100 to 20,000 words).

Nonfiction (long form) -- $375 flat rate plus .02/per word; this option is for memoir and essay collection manuscripts (50,000 to 110,000 words) .

For nonfiction consultations contact:

Kelly Shire holds an MFA in Fiction from California State University, Long Beach, but these days she primarily writes nonfiction and personal essays.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous online and print journals, including Brevity Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, Entropy, The Coachella Review, Full Grown People,  Hippocampus, and The Museum of Americana.  Many of her essays engage with pop culture, especially music, and she has contributed essays to Memoir Mixtapes, The RS 500 online project, and March Vladness, an annual music genre tourney curated by editor Ander Monson.

In 2016, she was the winner of the inaugural merit scholarship to attend the HippoCamp Nonfiction conference in Lancaster, PA and has also attended workshops sponsored by Tin House and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essay “I Dream of Department Stores” appears in the anthology SPENT: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping, published by Seal Press.

Kelly is a third-generation native of Southern California and continues to live in the region with her husband and two teenagers. She has previously taught composition and creative writing classes at CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, and Mt. San Jacinto College Extension. Currently, she is a library assistant at a public high school and is completing a memoir about family, music, and road trips.

Screenplays & TV Pilots (long form) -- $250 flat rate; this option is for full-length screenplays or TV pilots.

Screenplays & TV Pilots (short form) -- $125 flat rate; this option is for screenplay and TV pilot treatments and synopses.

For screenplay & TV pilot consultations contact:

Kendall Brunson is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. She’s written and produced four short films which have premiered at film festivals including the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, and more. Her directorial debut, Box, premiered at The Loft Film Festival, and The Final Girl, which she wrote and produced, was a finalist for The 60 Seconds to Impact competition hosted by the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She’s currently an associate producer on the feature film, Someone Will Assist You Shortly.

She earned her MFA from the University of California, Riverside at Palm Desert. Kendall’s stories focus on the feminist, mysterious, and weird, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, photographing forgotten-Florida, and reading about disease and murder. She currently teaches English Composition at Jacksonville University and is working on her first novel.

MFA Preparation -- $325 flat rate; includes coaching on one writing sample and one personal statement.

For MFA preparation consultations contact:

Prices are subject to change depending on the project submitted. Your instructor-editor will confirm the cost of the project before work commences. Discounts we offer may not be available for all services; please check with your instructor-editor to confirm if a discount may be used.

Payment via PayPal.

We require payment in full (via PayPal) before consulting work begins. Payment should be made directly to your consulting instructor-editor.

Consultations are subject to instructor-editors’ availability.

There are a limited number of available consultation slots at any given time. Please allow three weeks for your instructor-editor to complete your consultation.

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