Fiction & Nonfiction Mentoring
Are you working on a short story, novel or non-fiction project and getting lost along the way? Do you need feedback on a completed manuscript? As your writing mentor I will read your work, give you copious margin notes, and make constructive suggestions for revision. The goal is to cultivate your strengths as a writer and remedy your weaknesses. Testimonials about my mentoring and teaching are at the bottom of this page.
If you’d like to talk to me about your project and ask questions before sending me work, an initial 15-mn phone consultation is free! If you’re outside the U.S., I’d be happy to answer your questions via Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime.
For more info, email jessicalevinephd “at” gmail.com or call (510) 326-4675.
Evaluation of First Chapter(s) and Story Line
You submit to me the first 50 pages of your novel or memoir and a 1-3 page summary of the entire story. I give you copious margin notes as well as a separate document with feedback on your characters, story exposition, and overarching plot. Then we have a 30-minute phone call or Skype. If you decide to continue working with me, the fee may be applied toward the Ten-Month Mentoring program or Manuscript Review.
Got Writer Friends? Let’s Do a Skype Workshop!
If you have writer friends, I can lead a Skype writing workshop for 3-4 people. This can be on a one-time basis or customized for an on-going format. A week before our cyber meeting, group members will circulate up to 25 pages of writing for feedback. Then, when we Skype, each writer has a turn of 30-40 minutes, during which we share constructive criticisms and suggestions for revision. I weave in craft talks based on the writing challenges specific to your group. If this is an on-going workshop, we can meet every other week or once a week, depending on how much time you have for writing.
Fee: $100 per person per meeting
Write That Book! Ten-Month Program
The goal is to produce 20 to 35 pages of manuscript once a month in order to have a draft of a book by the end of the program. You will receive detailed margin notes on the chapters you submit as well as a separate document with suggestions for improvement. We will have a half-hour Skype after each submission. Short readings will be assigned to help you master any technical issues that are of particular difficulty. If you finish your draft before the ten months are up, we begin on revisions.
Short Manuscript Evaluation
For a short story, memoir, or nonfiction piece. You will receive copious margin comments as well as a final write-up with suggestions for improvement. I will provide feedback on style, voice, characterization, and plot. Once you have read my comments, we will have a half-hour phone call or Skype so you can ask me questions.
Fee: $250 for a 25-page double-spaced manuscript in 12-point font.
Full Manuscript Review
For a novel, short story, collection, memoir, or work of creative nonfiction. You will receive extensive margin notes addressing style, character, and plot, along with suggestions for story development if needed. A one-hour Skype session is included.
$2,500 for a 100,000 word manuscript.