• Gail Anderson-Dargatz
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  • Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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  • Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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Fiction Mentorships

BoatIn this one-on-one, private, four-month online mentorship, Gail will guide you as you write your novel or short story project. Monthly submission deadlines keep you producing. Gail’s direction keeps you on track.

There are no assignments or writing prompts. Gail focuses solely on your project and your specific writing needs. Great for both emerging writers and pros with a new project on the go.

As a bonus, you’ll become a member of Gail’s on-line writing community with access to on-going discussions about craft, promotion and the writing marketplace.

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Fiction Intensive

blursidewaysThis two-month online fiction intensive is ideal for teachers who want to work with Gail over the summer, but also great for other writers who want to work at a faster pace. Submission deadlines every two weeks keep you producing. Gail’s direction keeps you on track.

There are no assignments or writing prompts. Gail focuses solely on your project and your specific writing needs. Great for both emerging writers and pros with a new project on the go.

As a bonus, you’ll become a member of Gail’s on-line writing community with access to on-going discussions about craft, promotion and the writing marketplace.

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Blue Pencil Sessions

woodypointoriginalNot your average blue pencil session, this consultation with Gail is a full one-on-one workshop. Use your blue pencil intensive to sample Gail's fiction mentorship or get feedback on a short story or chapter, your novel outline, a project proposal, pitch package or CW program application. Or ask those pressing questions about the business aspects of the publishing industry.

Gail's blue pencil sessions make a great gift!

To see what writers have to say about Gail's developmental edits and mentorships, please click on praise.

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Developmental Edits

on fire 0Gail's manuscript evaluation service is for writers at all levels of experience: emerging writers, self-published authors or published writers with one or more books published by a traditional publishing house.

This developmental edit focuses on the big picture (story and structure, point of view, character development, voice) but also includes notes on the finer elements of craft. Writers can expect at least ten pages of indepth notes on their project and will have the opportunity to engage in a one-on-one brainstorming session with Gail by email.

Gail also offers help in navigating the often confusing, intimidating and ever-changing publishing world, with tips on getting your book out there.

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Praise

“Gail’s fiction course was the best class I have ever taken. Full stop. Her notes and analysis were invaluable and I still use the creative exercises she shared with us.” 

-- Elle Wild, #1 bestselling author of Strange Things Done and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel.

"I consider working with Gail a master class in plotting. Her comments and suggestions on my historical novel were concise, in-depth, and nailed every issue.

Perhaps there’s no greater proof of a manuscript editor’s work than when the writer they mentor gets a publishing contract, but what I found most valuable was applying Gail’s insightful comments when I began to plot a new book. Her voice has been in my head as I write my first draft. Working with Gail has been a gift that keeps on giving."

-- Maia Caron, author of Song of Batoche

"Gail has a firm grasp on what effective mentorship looks like: supportive, challenging, fully engaged. Immediately Gail got to the heart of my novel’s problem and then worked with me to find possible solutions, pushing my craft to a higher level and deepening my understanding of narrative structure. It was nothing short of a shattering breakthrough.

-- Jennifer Manuel, bestselling author of The Heaviness of Things That Float

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Online Writing Group Events With Gail

laptopfinalAuthor visits to your writing group can be costly, especially when travel is involved. We have an affordable solution to that problem.

Gail offers two-hour virtual "visits" to writing groups through her own online teaching forums.

We'll create a board just for your writing group. Members can ask Gail questions about writing process or the publishing industry and Gail will answer in real time.

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