Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Blue Pencil Sessions


Not your average blue pencil session, this consultation with Gail is a full one-on-one workshop. Use your blue pencil session 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.

How it works:

We'll set you up with your own private board on Gail's teaching forum. You'll submit up to 4,000 words of your project one week before your scheduled blue pencil session. That will allow Gail time to read and assess your submission. The day before your scheduled meet day, Gail will post her notes. Then, during your blue pencil session, you'll brainstorm with Gail on the forum over the course of a day and have the opportunity to ask your questions.

Don't like the idea of working on forums? No problem. We can work by email if you like, but it's worth giving forums a try. They're fun and easy to use.


The blue pencil session works exactly like one session of a fiction mentorship. If you like what you see, you have the option of continuing your work with Gail through a four-month fiction mentorship. Mentorships start up in January, May and September. Or we can simply keep your board open for a future blue pencil session.

Blue pencil sessions with Gail make great gifts for writers.


Purchase to register any time. We'll set up your forum and schedule your session right away!


One blue pencil session is $250 plus GST/HST (of your province).

Don't like paying online? No problem. Let us know and we'll set you up.


Work with Gail

Gail works with writers at all levels, from newbies to pros. Choose the course that best suits your project.

Creative Writing Course

Now Available! Work independently and at your own pace as you learn how to put together the building blocks of fiction. Great for newbies and emerging writers.

Blue Pencil Sessions

Not your average blue pencil session, this consultation with Gail is a full workshop. Book at any time.

Fiction Mentorships

Gail's flagship course. In this one-on-one, private, four-month online mentorship, Gail will guide you as you put together your fiction project.

Developmental Edits

For writers with a complete draft. This manuscript evaluation focuses on the big picture but also includes notes on the finer elements of craft.

Writing Retreat

This week-long writing retreat in the Shuswap region of BC is timed to coincide with the sockeye run on the Adams River, a natural wonder.

Gail's Classroom

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Blogs on Craft

Check out these resources for writers from Gail and many of Canada's best established and emerging writers.

Master Classes

Gail offers writing and editing master classes, seminars and workshops for groups and organizations on a variety of topics.

About Gail

Gail's novels have been national and international bestsellers and two have been short-listed for the Giller Prize, among other awards. She works with writers from around the world on her online teaching forums.