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Story Exploratory - Writing Services
I believe in the power of setting your story free and lead Story Exploratory retreats, workshops, and private sessions for any and all writers but my heart is truly in children’s and young adult literature. I would love to work directly with clients who write for the middle grade and young adult age range.




Story Exploratory Workshops
Story Exploratory Workshops are designed to support writers as they set their stories free. Each Story Exploratory Workshop focuses on different areas of the writing process - from brainstorming and free-writing to drafting, revising, and publishing. Choose which workshop best fits your needs - come to one or come to all!


  • Set Your Story Free - Uncover the story within you and identify how your story will take shape.
  • Crafting Your Story - Writing exercises to find your voice, develop your writing style, plan and plot, draft, or revise.
  • Story Explorers’ Workshop - Group writing session with the opportunity to connect with other writers and share feedback. Bring your current WIP and work alongside writers exploring stories just like you.

Ongoing Personalized Story Exploration
The idea of working with you privately to strengthen your writing as you explore what the writing process looks like for you and prepare your story for publication is exciting! Whether you are working on a manuscript or a blog post, I’ll be there to support you every step of the way. Private, one-on-one, personalized consultation with me includes the following:
  • An initial planning discussion to outline goals and expectations
  • Personalized assignments based on areas of growth as identified (may include: list of mentor texts to study and discuss, finding topics to write about, descriptive writing, character development exercises, or plot outlining activities)
  • Resources to support your development as a writer
  • In-person sessions for story explorers who live in and around the Chicago area and/or Skype session for those who prefer to meet virtually
  • Detailed notes after every session
  • Unlimited optimism and constant cheerleading
  • A passionate collaborator who will be with you every step of the way along this wild, writing adventure!
PLEASE NOTE: My comments/consultation will not include detailed line edits or copyedits.


Fees: $90 per hour
Payment will billed through PayPal, where you can pay with a credit card or a PayPal account.


College Essays Made Easy
College essays are all about letting your strengths shine through as you bring yourself to life on paper as concisely as possible. I’ll help you craft college essays that will stand out from the rest! Along the way, you’ll learn about yourself as a writer while developing valuable writing skills that will support your college success. Private, one-on-one, personalized consultation with me on your college essays includes the following:
  • An initial planning discussion to outline goals and expectations
  • Structured assignments to uncover your story as it relates to university prompts
  • Read through of drafts and/or revised work
  • Resources to support your understanding of the writing process and your development as a writer
  • In-person sessions for those who live in and around the Chicago area and/or Skype session for those who prefer to meet virtually
  • Detailed notes after every session
  • Unlimited optimism and constant cheerleading
Fees: $90 per hour (typically 2-5 sessions needed)
Payment will be paid through PayPal, where you can pay with a credit card or a PayPal account.


Middle Grade and Young Adult Novelists - One Time Critique
I’m happy to read your current WIP, review, and respond within 7 to 14 days with an in-depth critique letter (usually 5-15 pages) and margin notes using track changes in Google Docs. My letter will highlight the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses as well as give feedback on character development, plot, conflict, pacing, etc. After you receive the letter, you are invited to set up a phone or in-person conversation with me of up to 45 minutes to discuss, ask questions, and/or clarify any notes.
PLEASE NOTE: My comments will not include detailed line edits or copyedits.


Fees:
$500 for manuscripts up to 250 pages in length/less than 70,000 words.
$350 for manuscripts up to 150 pages in length/less than 40,000 words.
Additional fee for longer manuscripts.
Payment will be billed through PayPal, where you can pay with a credit card or a PayPal account.

Story Exploratory Policies
Please know that I love living a creative life and my goal is to help you find creativity in your life. Any and all conversations and communications about your work are strictly confidential. No matter what, you own and retain copyright to any material we discuss and any ideas generated during our sessions, including any ideas I might contribute. While specific material content discussed during our sessions is confidential, please know that I retain the right to blog or write about our collaborative relationship and my support of your creative process while respecting your anonymity.

Set your story free! Let Story Exploratory be your guide.

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