Get individualized feedback on your writing from award-winning author and editor Britta Jensen, head editor at The Writing Consultancy.
In your one-on-one 50 minute, live feedback session you’ll have the opportunity to:
receive in-person feedback on your fiction, memoir, literary agent query/pitch or book proposal in real-time
advice on what is working well and an action plan for next-steps in revision
opportunity to revise a section in real time, with Britta coaching you through the process
publishing advice (whether you’re seeking indie or traditional publishing)
practice with your pitch and query letter to agents, if desired
walk away with customized resources e-mailed to you to help with your ongoing journey as a writer
Stress-test your ideas in an inspirational and relaxed environment
If you’re attending the Writer’s League of Texas Agents & Editor’s or another writing conference, this is a great chance to receive helpful feedback on your work before pitching or submitting to agents.
Why do writers need the Drop-in clinic?
When I first started my writing career, I noticed most conferences and publishing houses offered consultations with agents, editors, and authors, but they were generally for 10-30 minutes max. That wasn’t enough time to get really solid feedback, have your concerns heard, and also receive personalized solutions. Instead of feeling like I was paying to receive further education/feedback, I felt like I was on a very fast-paced treadmill where I often left with more questions than solutions regarding what direction to take my work. My critique groups were helpful, but they didn’t have the insider knowledge that editors, agents and published authors have.
Who should attend this live, one-on-one clinic?
- Writers of fiction, memoir, and narrative non-fiction who are looking to level-up their writing with personalized, live feedback
- Authors desiring feedback on their story’s narrative looking for critical but helpful strategies tailored to their needs that will help them to continue to holistically revise their work.
- Individuals wanting to take their narrative skills to the next level and prepare for submission.
- Writers interested in one-on-one help, but unable to commit to a larger, full manuscript edit.
- Previous experience is not required. You can be at the beginning stage of your writing process or very experienced. This clinic is designed for all levels.
What does the clinic include?
- A 50-minute, live one-on-one session with Britta at a studio at the Body Collective in Austin, TX.
- You can send at 300 word synopsis a week ahead of time and bring up to 1,500 words (approximately 6-7 double spaced pages), printed out.
- An opportunity to both practice your pitch to agents and readers, as well as feedback on your opening pages, query letter, synopsis & other piece of writing. (It can be a mix, but cannot exceed 7 pages).
- Exercises to spur onward revision.
- Explorations you can use with your writing again.
- Access to all suggested resources via e-mail.
- Personalized feedback on your writing that will include an action plan for next steps.
- An opportunity to converse with a knowledgeable editor, teacher of writing and award-winning author who is invested in helping you become a better writer. (And will listen carefully to your vision before making suggestions for next steps.)
- Participants have until May 30 at 11:59 CST to submit their 300 word synopsis.
What times/days are available?
There are 10 spots total available on Friday, June 3 from 5:00-9:00pm and Saturday, June 4 from 12noon-6:00pm. Spots are taken on a first-come, first served basis. You can register via the button below (10% discount), or on Eventbrite. Early bird pricing of only $155 expires on May 23 at 11:59pm. After that ticket prices will increase to $165 on May 24.
PRICE $165 (Register by May 29 at 11:59 CST)
How do I know if the clinic is worth the cost?
This is a difficult question to answer, as live consultations with editors and agents for 50 minutes can range anywhere from $150-300+. A few important gauges in comparing costs are the two important features of this clinic: you meet live, in real-time with Britta for 50 minutes (most consultations with agents and editors are 10-30 minutes). You also have the opportunity for live feedback and an action plan. The meeting space at the Body Collective is also conducive to writing and receiving feedback, and could spur new revision ideas! When you factor in the opportunity to meet and talk with an industry professional, share your work in progress, receive both personalized instruction and formal feedback, this clinic is well-priced for a variety of budgets. In addition, individuals can receive helpful feedback without having to invest in large manuscript edit, if not desired. However, ultimately you decide if this form of investment in your writing is best for your budget, writing goals, and work. We hope that you will find value in Britta’s instruction (you can read more in her bio below). Refunds will not be provided for the clinic; however, exchanges are allowed after purchase.
Testimonials from Authors
“It’s been a pleasure working with Britta. She brings a rare blend of analytical and creative perspectives to my work!”-Kara Stockinger, author of Balter’s Den
“I am inspired and supported by Britta’s kindness and enthusiasm.”-A.D. Perry, author
“Britta was awesome and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an editor. She did a great job on not just the edit itself, but book-ending the work with extra effort. Before I hired her, she was already putting in extra steps to understand what I needed and where my manuscript was at. After the edit, she gave me a very detailed summary, letter, and follow-up meeting to go over it. I would not hesitate to work with her again.”-Kyle Cooper, author of Annals of Arlion
“Britta left amazing and insightful comments throughout my manuscript. The video and cover letter walked me through the major issues and helped me develop an action plan to start making big improvements in my work. Being able to leverage her experience in our follow-up conversation was invaluable, thank you!”-Jonathan Munz, author of Imperial Colours
“Britta is an absolute pleasure to work with. I had taken my project as far as I could on my own, and I knew I needed a developmental edit to help shape and structure the story I want to tell. I knew I had found a match with Britta after interviewing a LOT of editors. Her communication is professional, her responses timely, and she has a great personality. The feedback she’s given me through an editorial letter, in-line comments, and online discussions has been invaluable in improving my manuscript and getting it ready for my next steps toward publication. She has the perfect mix between honesty and encouragement and is an excellent communicator. I look forward to continuing to work with Britta in the future, and I can’t recommend her enough. If you’re still reading this review, go ahead and send her a message already! -Donovan Bergin, author of In Her Image
“Having been through Britta’s highly detailed and astute comments on my manuscript I have no doubt that I have the guidance I need to vastly improve my work in progress. Her cover letter and video has allowed me to conceptualize the book into topics, making my revisions manageable. I look forward to working with her as I finish up the editing.”-Geoffrey Wells, author of Never Less
Britta Jensen has spent seventeen years in the literacy education and publishing world. She is the award-winning novelist of the Eloia Born series and Ghosts of Yokosuka. She has also received numerous awards, including the General Sharp Award, for her teaching of creative writing and literature. Many of her stories explore themes of persevering through disability, parental separation and the intersection of various cultures in new worlds. She holds a BA in Acting Performance from Fordham University and an MA in Teaching of English Literature from Columbia University. Friends often refer to her as a polyglot—which is a product of living twenty-two years overseas in Japan, South Korea, and Germany before settling in Austin, Texas. She enjoys mentoring writers and editing books with The Writing Consultancy and Yellowbird Editors and teaches first-year writing at St. Edward’s University. (Photo credit: Peter Domican)