Writing Consultants

When workshop is not enough. 

Several of our instructors are available for one-on-one writing coaching, manuscript consultation, and MFA application review. Their services are $80 per hour, unless otherwise noted; we also arrange consulting packages on a project-specific basis. 

Contact Julie Buntin ([email protected]), Director of Writing Programs, for more information or to set up an appointment to determine which consultant or writing coach best suits your goals.  

Lily Brooks-Dalton

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.

Inquire about working with Lily.

Garrard Conley

Garrard is available for memoir or personal essay consulting and motivational coaching. His rate is $85 per hour.

Inquire about working with Garrard.

Maryse Meijer

Maryse is available for fiction consulting and motivational coaching.

Inquire about working with Maryse.

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 out to give?

Inquire about working with Lynn.