Writing Consultations With Catapult

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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 can find a consultation that's the right fit for you.

Read more about our packages and consultants below. Standard consultation packages range from $195-$2,000 (of which the consultant is paid 85%) and fit most requests. Can't find the right fit  in our standard packages? You can request a custom consultation where we match your needs with our consultant team.

We draw on our large pool of talented, professional, and experienced classes instructors to find the right consultant for you. If there's someone you'd particularly like to work with, you can note that when you submit your form, but please understand your top choice may not be available.

As always, if you have questions, you can email us. To request a consultation, please fill out and submit this form, or click on any of the buttons on this page.


Standard Packages


Motivational Coaching ($195)

This consultation is a good fit for those who are at the beginning of a project and want some help with accountability and motivation. This package does not include submissions or any feedback from the consultant; rather, these meetings serve as an opportunity for the student to ask questions and receive advice on process and workflow. (Nonfiction, fiction, or poetry)

Includes:

• Four 30-minute meetings via phone or video call, to be divided as you and the consultant see fit (we recommend once every week or once every other week)


One-on-One Workshop ($495)

This package is a good fit for  those who have a partially-completed manuscript and are looking for  big-picture feedback, or for those who are working on a current project(s) and want some feedback and accountability. (Nonfiction or fiction)

Includes:

• Four 30-minute meetings via phone or video call, which includes verbal feedback on your writing submissions, to be divided as you and the consultant see fit (we recommend once every week or once every other week)

• Prior to each meeting, students can submit up to 20 double-spaced pages for the consultant to review (for a total review of up to 80 double-spaced pages)


MFA Consultation ($500)

Prepare for your MFA application(s) with advice from a seasoned professional. (Fiction, nonfiction, or poetry)

Included:

• Thorough critique of your writing sample (up to 25 double-spaced pages)

• Line edit of your personal statement/statement of purpose (up to 700 words)

• One hour-long meeting via phone or video call to discuss revisions and the application process

Are you just beginning your MFA application process and want some advice on every part of the process, from researching schools, staying organized as you apply, and pointers for writing your personal statement? Check out our independent study designed by Lillian Yvonne-Bertram.


Poetry Manuscript Review ($550)  

Have you completed a poetry MS and want some feedback? This package is a great fit. If your MS is over 50 pages or less than 30 pages, please reach out to us to discuss pricing.

Includes:

• Thorough review of your poetry MS (up to 50 pages), including light line edits and a short editorial memo that features advice on aspects of your MS, such as themes, order, or content

• One hour-long meeting via phone or video call to discuss your MS and submissions, contests, and publication


40,000-Word Manuscript Review ($650)

This package is a good fit for students who have completed  a first draft of a shorter project, or are partway through a longer project and are looking for feedback on how to progress. This package does not include line edits; if you are interested in adding line edits, please reach out to discuss pricing. (Nonfiction or fiction)

Includes:

• Three 30-minute meetings via phone or video call to be divided as you and the consultant see fit

• Editorial memo on the full MS (up to 40k words) giving feedback on structure and big-picture concerns


20,000-Word Manuscript Review with Line Edits ($725) 

This package is a good fit for students who have completed a first draft of a short project, or completed the first part of a longer project and are looking for feedback on how to progress. (Nonfiction or fiction)

Includes:

• Two 30-minute meetings via phone or video call to be divided as you and the consultant see fit

• Line edit and editorial memo on the full MS (up to 20k words) giving feedback on structure and big-picture concerns


70,000-Word Manuscript Review ($995) 

Do you have a completed draft of your novel, memoir, or other nonfiction book project? This package is a good fit for those on an early draft who are looking for feedback on structure but don't need line edits. We recommend dividing up the meetings to discuss different sections of your MS and to save time in the final meeting to ask questions about the submission and/or publication process. (Nonfiction or fiction)

Includes:

• Four 30-minute meetings via phone or video call to be divided as you and the consultant see fit

• Editorial memo on the full MS (up to 70k words) giving feedback on structure and big-picture concerns


70,000-Word Novel or Memoir Review with Line Edits ($2,000)

If you've finished several drafts of your novel or memoir and you're looking for big-picture feedback as well as line edits, this is the package for you.  We recommend dividing up the meetings to discuss different sections of your MS and to save time in the final meeting to ask questions about the submission and/or publication process.

If you've written a nonfiction project that is not a memoir, please reach out to discuss your needs and we can see if this package is also a good fit for you.

Includes:

• Four 30-minute meetings via phone or video call to be divided as you and the consultant see fit

• Editorial memo on the full MS (up to 70k words) giving feedback on structure and big-picture concerns

• Full line edit of the MS (Please note: The consultant is expected to give line edits for grammar and clarity, but this is not considered to be a full copy edit, and fact-checking is not included)