Gail Anderson-Dargatz  

Blue Pencil Sessions


Not your average blue pencil session: Gail offers a full hour-long 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 or synopsis, a grant project proposal, pitch package or creative writing program application. Or ask those pressing questions about the business aspects of the publishing industry. 

How it works:

Click on the green button to purchase. We'll email you right back to schedule your blue pencil session.

You'll submit up to 4000 words of your project at least two days before your scheduled blue pencil session, to allow Gail time to critique your submission.

You have the option of meeting Gail on Zoom or by email. The blue pencil session is one hour long.

Following the session, Gail will email detailed notes to you that will help you take your project and craft to the next level.


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. Mentorship sessions start up in January, May, and September, but if you'd like to start at a different time, contact Gail's office and we'll do our best to fit you into Gail's schedule.

Blue pencil sessions with Gail make great gifts for writers.


Purchase to register any time. We'll schedule your session right away! We can usually fit a blue pencil session into Gail's schedule within a week of purchase.


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


Work with Gail

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

The Clean Sweep

Writing is messy. Clean it up! Get a detailed edit of your story, pitch package, grant application or any short project under 20,000 words.

Alpha and Beta Reading Service

Alpha and beta readers give feedback on a manuscript from a reader’s perspective. Move your project forward with this affordable service.

Writing Retreat

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

Creative Writing Course

This course is offered free to writers enrolled in Gail's fiction mentorships, developmental edits, and fall retreats, to support instruction.

Meet and Greet

Meet Gail for a 20-minute Zoom session to get a sample edit or discuss which one of Gail's services is right for you.

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. Gail digs deep into your manuscript's big picture story elements -- themes, story goals, conflicts and structure, character arcs, pacing, point of view, and dialogue -- to help you develop your project to the fullest.

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.