One-on-One Consultations

 
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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 1 cent 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 2.5 cents per word; this option is for novel and short story collection manuscripts (50,000 to 110,000 words).

For fiction consultations contact: cgregorythompson@penandpaperwritingworkshops.com

A Pushcart Prize nominee, C. Gregory Thompson writes short stories, plays, screenplays, novels and memoir. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal and Reunion: The Dallas Review, among others. 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 1 cent per word; this option is for essays and magazine articles (100 to 20,000 words).

Nonfiction (long form) -- $375 flat rate plus 2.5 cents per word; this option is for memoir and essay collection manuscripts (50,000 to 110,000 words) .

For nonfiction consultations contact: saramarchant@penandpaperwritingworkshops.com

Sara Marchant received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. Her nonfiction appears in the WOC anthology All the Women in My Family Sing, and her novella, Let Me Go, appears in Running Wild Press’ novella anthology. She is a founding editor of Writers Resist. Her writing has also been published by The Manifest Station, Every Writer’s Resource, Full Grown People, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Coachella Review, Writers Resist, East Jasmine Review, Jewish Fiction and ROAR. Long ago and far away, she worked for the San Diego Natural History Museum in their Binational Education Department where she was she able to utilize her BA in Latin American History. At Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, California, she teaches Critical Thinking and Writing to the new generation in the hopes that they will someday save our society from its nihilistic impulses. She lives in the high desert of Southern California with her husband, two dogs, a goat and five chickens.

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: sentascarborough@penandpaperwritingworkshops.com

Senta Scarborough is an award-winning journalist and Emmy® Award-nominated producer, in addition to being a screenwriter. Current screenplays include crime dramas inspired by her time in Southern Appalachia and the borderlands of the Southwest. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California Riverside/Palm Desert. She also holds a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA Extension Writers Program and is a graduate of the USC Cinematic Arts Summer (screenwriting) Program. She is a former senior investigative reporter and long-form narrative writer for E! News and E! Online. She spent nearly a decade covering crime as a staff writer for The Arizona Republic. Her work has appeared in USA Today, US Weekly magazine and Asheville Poetry Review, among others. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist’s Association. She earned a B.A. in English and Political Science and a B.S. in Philosophy and Religion from Radford University. A Virginia native, she now lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their dog.

MFA Preparation -- $425 flat rate; includes coaching on one writing sample and one personal statement.

For MFA preparation consultations contact: info@penandpaperwritingworkshops.com

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.

Please email the instructor-editor you’d like to work with to check their 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.

Don’t see what you’re looking for?

If there’s something not listed here that you’d like our help with, please reach out and ask. We might be able to accommodate your request or need. Email us at info@penandpaperwritingworkshops.com.

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