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Manuscript & Query Letter Consultations
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Manuscript & Query Letter Consultations


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Work with Writing Workshops Founder & Executive Director, Blake Kimzey.

Blake won the Black River Chapbook Competition for his collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an indie bestseller blurbed by Roxane Gay, Ramona Ausubel, and Matt Bell. He is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC-Irvine and the recipient of an Emerging Writer Grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation. His short fiction has been adapted for broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney's, VICE, and over 40 other literary journals. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center and a generous grant from Americans for the Arts Foundation. He has taught in the Creative Writing Programs at SMU, UT-Dallas and UC-Irvine. Blake is working on a first novel with his literary agent, Ryan Harbage, and would love to help you navigate your publishing journey from start to finish. 

A consultation with Blake is an opportunity for individualized feedback that goes beyond a normal writing workshop and is tailored to your needs. If you're working on a novel, a collection of stories, a chapbook, applying for an MFA, or need professional coaching to motivate you, Blake would love to work with you. See options below.

Note: You can pay for consultations in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.

PHONE CONSULTATION | $50/half hour
These are great for quick, individual coaching on a specific set of questions or challenges you might be facing in your writing practice and/or journey.
QUERY/COVER LETTER CRITIQUE | $75

To get beyond the slush pile you need a great query letter for your book. You also need a great cover letter for your individual shorter submissions. Included in this package:
  • Thorough critique of your query or cover letter and suggested edits.
  • Example of successful query letter.
  • Two revisions.
  • APPLY HERE for a Consultation

SHORT STORY CRITIQUE (up to 25 pages) | $200
Together we'll work on and revise a single short story before you send it out for publication. Included in this package:

  • Thorough critique of work sample (up to 25 pages).
  • Line edits
  • One phone/email meeting to discuss revisions.
  • APPLY HERE for a Consultation

MFA APPLICATION CONSULT (Fiction) | $400
Together we'll work on and revise your creative sample as well as your SOP as you're getting ready to apply to MFA programs. Included in this package:

  • Thorough critique of work sample (up to 25 pages).
  • Line edit of 1 personal statement (up to 700 words).
  • One phone/email meeting to discuss revisions and application process.
  • APPLY HERE for a Consultation

CHAPBOOK EDITORIAL REVIEW (up to 40 pages) | $500
If you'd like feedback on a chapbook manuscript along with suggestions on where to send the polished manuscript, this service is for you. Included in this package:

  • An in-depth editorial letter regarding your manuscript.
  • One phone or email follow-up. Use this meeting to discuss the editorial letter, your goals for the manuscript, and submission process.
  • No line edits are included in this review.
  • APPLY HERE for a Consultation

70K WORD MANUSCRIPT EDITORIAL REVIEW | $995
This is perfect if you're looking for feedback on a completed (or close-to-completed) novel or short story collection manuscript. Included in this package:

  • An in-depth editorial letter regarding your manuscript.
  • One phone or email follow-up. Use this meeting to discuss the editorial letter, your goals for the manuscript, and submission process.
  • No line edits are included in this review. For line edits, see below.
  • APPLY HERE for a Consultation
70K WORD MANUSCRIPT DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT | $1990

A developmental edit is for thorough constructive feedback on completed manuscripts (novel or story collection). Included in this package:

  • Line edits and editorial letter for your full manuscript (up to 70k words).
  • One phone or email follow-up after you've received editorial letter and manuscript with full markup. Use this meeting to discuss the editorial letter, your goals for the manuscript, and submission process.
  • APPLY HERE for a Consultation

Contact Blake HERE if you have any questions about this program.

 

Mentor Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas & Writing Workshops Paris and is a co-founder of The Big Texas Read. Named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From, he is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Redivider, D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. He is working on his first novel and is represented by Ryan Harbage. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center and a generous grant from Americans for the Arts Foundation. He has taught in the Creative Writing Programs at SMU, UT-Dallas and UC-Irvine. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, or contact him at blake@writingworkshopsdallas.com.

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