One-on-One, Manuscript Editing, Workshops
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I've been at this rodeo a few times and can help you at any stage of the writing or submission process: getting started, revising, drafting, submitting. We can work on query letters, too. All sessions are conducted remotely by email, telephone, and/or Zoom.
I offer manuscript critiques for completed work in the following genres:
$850 for manuscripts 300 pages and fewer (double-spaced, one inch margins). This price includes a thorough reading, editing letter, and one hour phone call.
$1000 for manuscripts 300-450 pages.
Base reading (reading, letter, phone call) plus in-text comments and line editing done through track-changes
If you have more than that, well, let's have a chat about writing a trilogy! And we can talk about your specific manuscript before settling on a price. Contact me.
CoachingIf you need a call for help with writer's block or help with themes and topics or feedback on a handful of pages, consider a one-hour session.
Single session: $100/hour
Add-on:Feedback on 10 pages, double-spaced: $75
Feedback on 30 pages, double-spaced: $150
Accountability calls: $55 for 30 minutes
Please check back for up-coming workshops offered in my home in Vancouver, Washington.
Comments from former clients:
Jessica Barksdale provided a warm and creative environment at her workshop where we could learn about, think about, and write about our characters, settings, and plots. She is an incredibly knowledgeable literary scholar and an expert at her craft. Learning from her was a gift.
-Terri, Truckee, CA
Jessica Barksdale is just a really great writing teacher. As someone who has studied the arts most of my life (ballet, acting, singing) it strikes that many of my teachers had such difficult personalities that it made it hard to digest what they were actually teaching. I appreciate how skillfully she presented information, the concrete doable writing exercises she had us do, and the considerate way she dealt with each student.
- Adriane, Los Angeles, CA
I had always dreamed of going to a writing retreat, several days of learning and writing with writers in a serene environment. When Jessica's email announcing a four-day retreat at her home popped up on the screen, I was ready to go. The retreat was more than I had imagined. I never doubted I'd learn a lot. I have always learned from Jessica over the years. She's been my best source for inspiration and learning the craft.
-Julaina, Martinez, CA
And from former students:
"She was so approachable and kind. She set the tone for the group. She gave everyone consideration and time. [Her] feedback helped me break through an area I was having trouble recognizing and changing. I have never had a more enthusiastic or more "natural" teacher. She clearly has a grasp on how to teach writing"...."Wonderfully expressive, well steeped in her craft, savvy and realistic"...."Jessica gave me just the right toolbox I needed to get started and she did it in an entertaining and concentrated dosage"...."A perfect mix of both information and practical writing exercises and evaluation."...."Just wanted to let you know that the novel I worked on in your class, The Divorce Domino, (now The Island Escape) is number five in the Kindle Bestsellers chart over in the UK. I couldn't have done it without your help and I'm so grateful to you - still carry those lessons and words of wisdom from you around as I approach the next one, thinking, 'Hmm, I've no idea how I did this before!'."