In our minds, on good days, writers have a picture of what we hope a writing project will become. But sometimes it is hard to see a finished shape amongst all the words. If you are lucky you might have friends, colleagues and relatives who will cast an eye over your work and tell you what they think. But what if they all say different things? How do you know which piece of advice to follow? And how do you make your writing more like its best parts? If you have a writing project underway and you want to develop it further, you may reach a point where you need a response from a professional who will help you take your writing in the direction you are aiming for.
There might be something you want to focus on right now, like an application for a course, or maybe you want to assemble your manuscript for submission to a publisher, or you might be looking for the support of an interested critical friend for your project to help you develop it over a longer time. Pinklight Writing Services offers two services to give you a professional view of how your work is progressing and help you make it the best it can be.
A Manuscript Review is designed to help you with a project that needs a thorough read, an unbiased assessment, and constructive criticism about how to make it better. A Manuscript Review begins with a free half hour discussion with Lynn about your goals, your views of the manuscript as it stands and the focus for the review. After that a contract is developed to specify the focus and the cost. You will receive written feedback on general writing technique in the manuscript and how to get closer to your goals. If you would like you can also have a follow-up phone call, email, or Skype session to discuss the feedback. You can choose whether to send a sample of your manuscript or the whole. Cost is based on time required.
One-to-one Mentoring gives you access to an experienced writer and teacher who will work with you over time to help you develop your writing project to the next stage. You choose what aspects of your writing project you and the mentor will focus on and you choose the time period.
Mentoring starts with a free half hour discussion with Lynn about your writing project, what you want to work on and how you want to do this. After this a contract is developed. Cost is based on the time required. Mentoring ends with a written report on progress, suggesting where you might take your work next. If you would like you can also have a follow-up phone call, email, or Skype session to discuss the feedback. Lynn will be the mentor for most non-fiction and poetry projects, but if your project is fiction, Lynn may offer you a fiction specialist as your mentor.
About Lynn Jenner
Lynn Jenner specialises in writing creative non-fiction, memoir, literary essays and poetry. Lynn’s most recent book, Lost and Gone Away, was a non-fiction finalist in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in 2016. Her first book, Dear Sweet Harry, won the New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book of Poetry prize in 2011. Lynn has a PhD in creative writing. She has taught poetry and memoir, supervised and mentored undergraduate and post-graduate writing students, examined creative writing Masters projects, written reader’s reports for publishers, advised writers on manuscript assembly and published research about how the teaching of Creative Writing works. Lynn’s feedback is supportive and encouraging and also honest.
CLICK HERE to contact Lynn and discuss getting started. If neither of these services seems like what you are looking for, you are welcome to contact Lynn to discuss how things might work best for you.