Writing Instruction and Manuscript Consultation
Do you have a complete manuscript ready and would like feedback? Are you revising a work-in-progress? Would you like to expand the idea for a novel, story, essay or memoir project? Are you ready to contact agents and editors, or apply to an MFA program? Would you like some positive feedback and direction?
For over a decade, Lara Wilson, MA, has helped writers take their work to the next stage in a variety of genres:
Fiction - Creative Non-Fiction - Analytical Research Papers - Essays
Professional Correspondence - Memoir - Poetry
Let's discuss your project! Together, we can create a mindful path of focus and clarity that helps your writing shine.
examine thorough editorial comments that focus on craft concerns such as pacing / plot, character development, active scenes, dialogue, flashback / backstory, psychic distance, authentic voice, narrative flow and style
discover how the component parts of your story comprise and support your Big Idea
Intensive Line Editing
receive comprehensive editorial feedback on each page of your manuscript
mindfully examine patterns and learn to shift habits in order to strengthen your work
All services include:
suggested exercises and / or readings
in-depth written feedback
personal conferences (either in person, on Skype, or by phone)
Mindful Wellness and Writing
Are you interested in meditative practices, but feel that quiet contemplation is not for you? Great news: mindful wellness is not just about chanting Om (unless that twists your topknot). As a life-long writer, meditator, and cancer survivor, Lara has discovered myriad methods that tap into the meaning behind mindful wellness and creativity. She’s even invented practices of her own -- and knows you can, too! Book a complimentary 20 minute session to discuss how personalized mindful wellness practices can enhance your writing and your health.
tap into your body's natural desire to be well and explore the intuitive process that allows you to create
open your writing process to the power of mindfulness
learn meditative practices that fit your individual style: contemplative, active, silent, spoken, indoor, outdoor, traditional, inventive - you name it!
discover the power of group practice by meditating in community
Private Consultations by appointment are $180 / hr.
Please note: all payments support the non-profit mindful wellness collaborative, Be Well Be Here, where you can participate in monthly writing workshops and small group events
Lara JK Wilson’s short fiction has been published in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, American Fiction, Printers Row, Hacks: 10 Years on Grub Street, and the Chicago Tribune Book Section, among others. She was awarded a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and fiction scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, as well as recognition from the Nelson Algren Awards and the Mark Twain Award for Fiction. Lara continues to offer manuscript consultations through GrubStreet, where she served on the board of directors for six years and taught master fiction workshops for many more. She has been a featured panelist at national literary conferences such as the Muse and the Marketplace and Associated Writing Programs (AWP). Lara currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, and co-curates the Concord Festival of Authors.