**Applications are Required**
Click HERE to Apply for a 6 or 12 Week One-on-One Mentorship. Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis.
IMPORTANT: Please do not pay for the mentorship until you receive an acceptance notification via email.
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The Ideal Applicant for this 6 or 12 Week one-on-one program may be at any stage of their nonfiction project, but will have at least 10-15 pages of writing, whether the project is essays, memoir, narrative nonfiction, or a hybrid. The ideal applicant will come to this mentorship program eager to expand and revise their project. We will discuss the work thoroughly from word choice to your choice of form. Along the way we will tackle voice, theme, story arc, and the balance of experience, research, and exposition in the piece. Applicants should either have one long piece (3K words plus) or multiple shorter ones. Drafts are fine, as long as the applicant is committed to the process of expansion and revision.
The goal of the mentorship is to have one finished piece ready for submission; a pitch for another piece connected to the same project or in line with the mentee’s goals; and a general strategy to produce and publish new work. Part of the program is benefiting from Lisa’s many years as a writer and editor, and you will learn how to find the best venues for your writing—dream publications, good bets, and everything in-between.
This mentorship is meant to encourage, motivate, inspire, and push you. Writers accepted into the mentorship should already have experience writing, revising, and talking about their work. The mentorship is intended to give writers a taste of graduate-level work and help them meet practical goals. Interested applicants will understand that growth requires work, critique, and revision, and will have an eagerness to learn and a willingness to try new techniques.
Lisa does not have a one-size-fits-all approach to mentoring. Each student will have their own program, with readings, writing deadlines, and critique at the sentence and the developmental level. This mentorship will consist of Lisa giving feedback and advice, as well as pushing you to think about your overall goal as a writer. Her critiques are practical and analytical. She will help you to revise your work. Lisa will also recommend books and/or articles tailored your needs.
You will be expected to submit new pages every two weeks (the number of pages will depend on the individual mentee’s goals) and to revise your work as the mentorship progresses. At the end of the program, you will have polished work ready to submit and new pages to revise, as well as a plan for your writing life.
You will also finish with writing tips, ideas about structure and form, and how to deal with rejection and other realities of publishing. You will also be free to ask about other aspects of developing a writing practice and how to achieve your long-term goals. When we begin we’ll discuss what you want to accomplish during the mentorship, so you are working toward a goal that is important to you.
Overall, Lisa will be help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and to devise ways to improve and grow. At the end of the mentorship, you will have a clear vision of how to polish and proceed with your writing.
- Biweekly one-on-one meetings on Zoom or phone (one hour)
- In-line comments and critiques on submitted work
- Reading lists tailored to your areas of need and interest
- Suggestions of where to submit your work, now or in the future
- Ideas for prompts, creating a writing practice, and how to structure your goals as a writer.
- Availability over email and phone to answer questions and provide encouragement.
The Nonfiction Mentorship Entails
- One-on-one mentoring
- Learning how to read like a writer
- Regular meetings (approximately bi-weekly but can change depend on the mentee’s needs)
- Personalized advice for achieving your project goals
- Accountability emails
- Critique of pages, including line notes and specific feedback for improvement and revisions
- Personalized readings and assignments based on your specific needs
- Writing and revision exercises and advice
- Resources and ideas to further your goals
- Participate in one-on-one meetings (roughly biweekly)
- Honor all deadlines and class responsibilities
- Send pages to mentee based on individual project goals negotiated with mentor
- Submit progress reports based on a schedule devised by the mentor and mentee
- Read articles or books mentor assigns to aid growth in specific areas
"I came into my three-month mentorship program with Lisa with very tactical expectations, and left with so much more as a writer. I had three essays I wanted to work on, and I hoped that Lisa could help me prepare them for submission. Not only did Lisa provide me with guidance and edits on those pieces, but she helped me become a better and more serious writer, in multiple ways. She helped me build a rich and regular writing practice, she guided me through the ups and downs of writing, she made excellent and inspirational book recommendations that nourish my writing life, she helped me set ambitious and attainable goals as a writer, and she exposed me to resources, templates, and strategies for the publishing side of things. I got so much out of our time together, and would highly recommend Lisa to anyone looking for guidance, excellent edits, accountability, and someone who will support you as a whole writer." -Julie L.
"The One-on-One Mentorship with Lisa Levy exceeded my expectations. Lisa's editorial suggestions are insightful and her willingness to provide counsel is what I appreciated the most." - Michael C.
"I wasn’t sure what to expect; what impressed me was Lisa’s attention to detail in responding to my writing, as well as the 'big picture' feedback. Lisa responded to my memoir with a fresh writer’s eye. She really “got” what I was trying to do and made helpful and concrete suggestions for how to deepen my writing to achieve my goal. This is a very individualized course; what you get out of it is guided by what you ask for. Lisa was very responsive and clearly took time to answer my questions, as well as offering her own very helpful take on how I can approach my project in a more effective way." -Susan B.
“Lisa Levy was one of my first freelance editors. She's sharp, savvy, and easy to work with, an editor who can help you shape your writing and guide you through the ins and outs of the publishing world.” -Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay, editor of Best American Mystery Stories
"Working with Lisa Levy is rewarding and inspiring. She keeps me focused, productive, and up-to-date on the latest publications in my areas of expertise. I recommend her without qualification as a mentor and writing coach." -Amy Stambach (author of Faith in Schools and Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro)
“Lisa Levy is one of our foremost critics and writers about the culture. She has a nose for the latest trends and when I read her stuff I always come away impressed by her street smarts.” -Adrian McKinty, author of The Chain and the Sean Duffy series
"I really loved the course. You get out of it what you put in. My instructor, Lisa, required a lot of readings, and you obviously don't have to do them, but the whole point of doing one of these is to learn by doing the work. If you don't shortchange yourself, these can really be a great avenue to get feedback on your writing. 10/10 would do again." -Dustin H.
“I’ve worked with many editors and Lisa is up there with the best. Her feedback helped me finally see how to fix an essay I've been wrestling with for over a year. My future work will also be stronger because of how she highlighted some of my writing "bad habits," along with strengths I hadn't noticed before. Her editing style is clear, straightforward without being abrupt, and always productive. My biggest takeaway from the experience is that Lisa genuinely loves reading and working out the puzzle of making work the best it can be on its own terms.” —Sara B.
"Lisa is really very good at pop culture. And she's wonderful at pushing you in a good direction without really telling you where to go. A gentle nudge that gets you thinking, basically, and then you're off to the races. I would highly recommend this class if you have any interest at all in pop culture writing." -Rachel H.
“Nothing gets by Lisa. She is precise in her naming of voice, style, and literary device etc.; she inspires me to be just as careful/open-eyed in my close reading and critique. At the same time, she is a generous conversationalist. Lisa buoys all student-perspectives, and invites nuance in the interpretation of readings--even those she's taught for years. It is clear that Lisa lives what she teaches. A book/author recommendation to help mentor your personal writing-passions and pitfalls is always on the tip of her tongue--just ask! She is committed to helping her students pursue a sophisticated reading and writing life--one in which we observe the world critically, make original connections, and hone our distinct voice. Lisa is a swift, clever editor of works-in-progress. She helped me re-see my essay draft on both the macro level of narrative structure/organization, and on the micro-level of sentence configuration. She will help you 'Kill Your Darlings' without killing your self-esteem/ in the most freeing of ways. Lisa is a generous communicator outside class hours (book recommendations, personal writing advice, tech-support, etc).” —Martha K.
Full Tuition for the 6-Week one-on-one program is $1200.
Full Tuition for the 12-Week one-on-one program is $2400.
Accepted writers must commit to the program and meet all assigned deadlines. You can pay the tuition in full or opt for equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm or Shop Pay at checkout. If you decide to create a monthly payment plan using Affirm, you can do so once you add "Full Tuition" to your cart, enter your contact information, and are on the payment page.
Additional Program Information:
- Tuition is $1200 or $2400 depending on length.
- The Mentorship is fully online and students may participate from anywhere.
- NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this program.
Mentor Lisa Levy is a writer, editor, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New Republic, the LARB, the Believer, TLS, the CBC, and Lit Hub, where she is a contributing editor. She is also a columnist and contributing editor to Crime Reads, which she helped found. Lisa is currently finishing her MFA at Goucher College where she is working on collection of essays called The Impatient an account of her transformation from literary critic to desperate patient (or, more specifically, migraineur) to defiant impatient. Using her critical skills and the writings of fellow migraineurs like Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, Edgar Allan Poe, and Virginia Woolf, she created an idiosyncratic history of migraine within the current context of chronic illness. She takes a page from the noir fiction she loves and becomes a literary and diagnostic detective determined to crack the case of her 20-year migraine.
Read her work here.