Writing Consultations with Catapult

Get personal attention for your writing.

Consultations offer individualized feedback that goes beyond a normal writing workshop and can be tailored to your needs. Whether you're applying for an MFA, working on a novel, or just want some professional coaching to help motivate you, we have a consultation that fits.

Read more about our packages and consultants below. Standard consultation packages range from $195-$2000 and fit most requests. Can't find the right fit for you in our standard packages? Apply for a custom consultation, where we match your needs with our consultant team, starting at $995.

As always, if you have questions, you can email us or reach out using our contact form in the lower right corner of your browser.

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The writing consultancy has been really effective for me. It's given my work a lot of focus, and it's preparing me for the challenges of being a professional writer.


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Standard Packages

4-week One-on-One Workshop

$495

Perfect for feedback on a completed or nearly-completed manuscript at reduced cost.

Included in this package:

  • Up to 20 pages a week with comments on each submission
  • Four weekly chats (45 mins) in the Salon
  • Sorry, no line edits in this package. If you're seeking line edits, see this one instead.

Available from these instructors:

Apply for One-on-One Workshop - $495

70k Word Manuscript Editorial Review

$995

Perfect for feedback on a completed or nearly-completed manuscript.

Included in this package:

  • Editorial memo and four weekly chats (45 mins) in the Salon
  • One meeting to discuss goals and submission process (no revision)
  • Sorry, no line edits in this package. If you're seeking line edits, see this one instead.

Available from these instructors:

Apply for Editorial Review - $995

4-week Motivational Coaching

$195 - 4 weeks

Included in this package:

  • Four weekly chats (45 mins each)
  • Accountability and motivation
  • Sorry, no direct feedback on submissions

Availabe from the following instructors:

Apply for Motivational Coaching - $199

Novel Consult

$2000

Thorough constructive feedback on longer pieces.

Included in this package:

  • Line edit and editorial memo for full novel mss (up to 70k words)
  • Four check-ins once a week in the Salon

Available from these instructors:

Apply for Novel Consult - $2000

Memoir Consult

$2000

Thorough constructive feedback on longer pieces.

Included in this package:

  • Line edit and editorial memo for full memoir or personal essay collection mss (up to 70k words)
  • Four check-ins once a week in the Salon

Available from these instructors:

Apply for Memoir Consult - $2000

MFA Consult

$500

Prepare for your MFA application with help from a seasoned professional.

Included in this package:

  • Thorough critique of work sample (up to 25 pages)
  • Line edit of 1 personal statement (up to 700 words)
  • One meeting to discuss revisions and application process

Available from these instructors:

Apply for MFA Consult - $500

Modern Love

$350

Jessica Henriquez has published in the career-cataylizing column Modern Love and is available to help you improve your essay.

Included in this package:

  • One line edit of up to 1200 word Modern Love submission
  • One meeting to discuss goals and submission process (no revision)
Apply for Modern Love - $350

Custom Consultations

$995+

Can't find something that fits your needs? Tell us about your project and we'll match you with a qualified consultatnt.

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The Consultants

Karen Bender

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Karen is available for short story and MFA application consulting.

“In my view, a writer needs three things to create a memorable story. The first is honesty. A powerful story needs to be honest—not necessarily in a literal sense, but in an emotional sense. A writer needs to be engaging with something she/he feels strongly about; that is the engine under the words on the page. The second is craft. A writer needs to understand the technical aspects of writing—plot, dialogue, scene, exposition, sensory detail, point of view—in order to effectively convey the feeling in the work. Finally, a writer needs patience to revise work, doing many drafts as a story becomes better and better. When I critique a story, I first look at what is working, what is strong, as often writers may not be able to identify what is effective in their work. The next step is looking at the architecture of a story—if the structure is working and how to make it stronger. Then I look at the characters and we think about what to develop, how to make them more alive. I also look at individual sentences—for clarity, meaning, beauty. Which sentences work and which need to be cut or revised? Each piece is its own world, works on its own terms. My goal is to give the writer some ideas to continue the story, and to have a path to follow after our discussion ends.”

Lily Brooks-Dalton

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Lily is available for fiction and nonfiction consulting and motivational coaching.

“Whether a memoir, a novel, or a shorter piece, I come to every piece of work to find its spark and to nurture the moments where the writer's intentions align with the reader’s experience. Working with a writer on a piece of prose is a layered experience, beginning with a macro gaze and concluding with a focus on language. Early discussions are often broad, examining the conceptual, architectural shape of the work, and moving toward refining the arc of the story into a cohesive and compelling journey for the reader. When the shape of the work is solidified, the mechanics (character development, description, scene work, dialogue, etc) of how that shape is built can begin to crystallize. I approach work in any stage of development with honesty, encouragement, and an open mind."

Chloe Caldwell

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Chloe is available for motivational coaching and memoir consultations.

"I love the honor of working with essayist and memoirist's first drafts. I think of myself as more of a creative midwife: helping the writer see what they can't, bringing light, perspective, an editor's eye, and a reader's mind to the manuscript. My job is creative a safe environment and relationship with the writer so we can ask difficult questions: What is the heart of the story and how do we make it shine? What are the themes and how are they illustrated? How can we create something unique by using voice, details, and description? I also enjoy helping writers find their audiences and suggesting publication routes."

Garrard Conley

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Garrard is available for memoir or personal essay consulting and motivational coaching.

Lilly Dancyger

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Lilly is available for motivational coaching, one-on-one workshop, manuscript review, and memoir consult.

"My work as Narratively's memoir editor has given me the ability to almost immediately identify the heart of a story, the special, surprising part that needs to be explored, and the superfluous parts that are distracting from it. I've worked with hundreds of writers to shape their personal stories into pieces of writing that draw a reader in, keep them engaged, and stay with them long after they've finished reading. My feedback is sometimes tough, but always encouraging, as I push writers to push themselves until they've produced the best possible version of a piece. In addition to my extensive background in short-form writing, I spent seven years writing and rewriting my memoir before it was finally ready to publish (forthcoming in 2018). I made all of the mistakes so that you don't have to, and because I've been there I can walk writers through the challenges of outlining, finding the story underneath the story, and executing a writing plan as efficiently as possible."

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

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Jessica is available for Modern Love essay consulting and MFA consulting.

“52 slots a year and one of them belongs to you. The New York Times’ Modern Love column is one of the few publications where an award-winning author and a novice writer have the same shot at sharing their story with millions of readers. Many writers reach a frustrating point in the writing process where they begin to ask, “Is this even interesting to anyone else but me?” That is where I come in. One of my goals as a consultant is to help examine your work and separate the necessary details from the superfluous sentences so that what is left is a vulnerable, powerful piece of writing and not just another party anecdote. I approach every essay with respect and sensitivity as well as a critical editorial eye. My job is not to transform your story into the one I think you should tell. My job is to help you get out of your own way so that your experience can exist on the page in a style that is believable, beautiful and most importantly, publishable. I provide feedback that is carefully thought out, articulate, and thorough. My line edits focus on finding ways that dialogue and scene can be better used to further a story or develop a character more clearly; removing distracting tangents; deleting repetition; challenging you to dig deeper into the emotions buried beneath the words. “Life does not naturally unfold into a refined arc, fit to print. Life and love are messy and chaotic but with time, perspective and revision, we can shape your essay in a way that maintains the honesty, individuality and power of your writing. ”

Hermione Hoby

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Hermione is available for Novel Consults. Her debut novel Neon in Daylight is availabe January 2018.

“I approach the creative, collaborative work of editing as I would any important conversation: with as much openness, close listening, and empathy I can bring. I love working with a writer to find and nurture whatever is most honest and resonant in an early draft but I’m equally happy to get stuck in on the delicate, micro level with the work of fine-tuning and finessing something more developed. It’s always thrilling to see how tiny changes can have radical effects.”

Benjamin Ludwig

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Benjamin is available for one-on-one mentorships, motivational coaching, and help drafting stories and novels.

"People are narrative creatures who become themselves more fully through telling and consuming stories. Likewise, writing a story is the process of mapping one’s own soul. In that sense, it becomes an act of reflection, of looking back at the book you started, and allowing it to become something greater. As a mentor, my function is to serve as a mirror so that you can see the parts of your manuscript that might be hidden. We’ll work on magnifying and reflecting what readers need to see. Although writing is a solitary process, I’ll help you learn to identify yourself as a storyteller, someone who actively anticipates and adapts to an audience’s desires, fears, and hopes."

Maryse Meijer

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Maryse is available for fiction consulting and motivational coaching.

Lynn Steger Strong

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Lynn is available for fiction consulting, MFA application coaching, and motivational coaching.

“My approach is to earnestly come at the story or novel on its terms, taking into consideration readerly concerns as well as the writer’s goals. Early draft discussions have to do with sharpening and defining those goals and coming up with strategies for achieving them. Later drafts are often about going in on the level of the sentence to think about these same ideas. How do tensions live between words and sentences, between paragraphs, between chapters? How is every sentence working to accomplish two or three goals instead of just one? How is the writer ensuring that the reader is having the experience that they set give?"
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