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.

Standard Packages Custom Consultations Consultants

Standard Packages

4-week One-on-One Workshop


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 meetings to be arranged in collaboration with the consultant
  • 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


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

Included in this package:

  • Editorial memo and four meetings to be arranged in collaboration with the consultant
  • One additional 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 (30 mins each)
  • Accountability and motivation
  • Sorry, no direct feedback on submissions

Availabe from the following instructors:

Apply for Motivational Coaching - $199

Novel Consult


Thorough constructive feedback on longer pieces.

Included in this package:

  • Line edit and editorial memo for full novel mss (up to 70k words)
  • Four meetings to be arranged in collaboration with the consultant

Available from these instructors:

Apply for Novel Consult - $2000

Memoir Consult


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 meetings to be arranged in collaboration with the consultant

Available from these instructors:

Apply for Memoir Consult - $2000

MFA Consult


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


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


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


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.”
"Karen is the ideal adviser for an MFA consultation. She is kind, honest, generous, and amazingly insightful. She truly cares about helping aspiring writers, and I could not have asked for a better experience. With her advice on my manuscript and personal statement, I was admitted to my two top choice programs." - former consulting client

Mandy Berman


Mandy is available for fiction and MFA application consulting.

“With several years of facilitating creative writing workshops under my belt, I have an ability to quickly identify the heart of a story or novel. I know what makes a piece of fiction come alive just as much as I know what makes it lag, and I will help you cut the fat while further developing the most interesting parts of your story. In practice, I favor scene over exposition, and I am particularly adept at helping writers to make their work more active and engaging, as well as plotting and restructuring a piece to its greatest, most readable capacity. I also enjoy getting into the gritty, detail-oriented portions of the work, but always with an eye towards the bigger picture, sure to only give micro edits when they will service the work on a macro level.”

Chloe Caldwell


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."

Ryan Chapman

Ryan is available for fiction consulting.

"If you’ll forgive the immediate leap to metaphor, crafting a novel is like learning to walk. Nobody does it the same way, and with enough effort you’ll get yourself from A to B. But the best novels don't just walk, they run, and do so with elegance, precision, and artfulness. I’ve found this is achieved by asking and answering tough questions—What is the beating heart of your manuscript? What is its intrinsic message? Its particular form?—while also addressing every aspect of craft. The manuscript will then breathe the oxygen of its own environment, to borrow a phrase from Rosecrans Baldwin (and invoke another metaphor). Outside of editing, my decade-plus experience in book publishing and arts nonprofits can provide helpful industry insight into the submission and publication process."

Garrard Conley


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

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez


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


Hermione is available for Novel Consults. Her debut novel Neon in Daylight is available now.

“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.”

Taylor Larsen


Taylor is available for fiction consulting and motivational coaching.

"I have been doing manuscript consulting for several years on a variety of types of books and love to help writers develop and strengthen their books. I have worked on short story collections, literary novels, women's lit novels, memoirs, thrillers, historical fiction, and YA books. What makes me stand out as a consultant is my pure honesty combined with my desire to honor the goals and voice for your particular book. I do all levels of edits: from sentence level edits to edits on particular scenes/moments to larger overall arc/scope comments. We tackle all craft elements that might need revising in order for the book to reach its full potential."

Benjamin Ludwig


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


Maryse is available for fiction consulting and motivational coaching.

Rebecca Schiff


Rebecca is available for fiction and MFA consulting.

Lynn Steger Strong


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?"

Zulema Renee Summerfield


Zulema is available for fiction consulting and motivational coaching.

"I strongly believe that there is no right way to craft a piece of fiction. Each story and novel is unique unto itself, with its own world and its own inhabitants and its own internal logic and sound. Rather than come at your writing with a sense of how to fix it, I will approach your work the same way that I approach my own: with a sense of curiosity, discovery, and play. I will work with you to enhance and develop what is already on the page, to excavate and explore what is peeking out from between the lines. I will share techniques and ideas to guide you through the revision process, as well as provide creative prompts tailored specifically to your piece."
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