As a poet and educator, I love helping writers develop their craft. My editorial services are available to writers of all stripes and types: whether you’re trying to establish a writing practice or working on a collection, I’d be delighted to work with you in realizing your poetic vision.
Note: I’m teaching two online courses this summer: “Temperamental Poetry” with Poetry Barn and “Summer of Love (Birth, Death, and Loss)” with The Loft Literary Center. Taking a class with me is a great way to see if we’d be a good fit for private writing consultations/mentorship.
I’m available to consult on full-length and chapbook poetry manuscripts. Together, we can come up with an editorial strategy that best suits your needs. Editorial services available include
- Line edits and comments on individual poems
- Feedback and suggestions on manuscript arrangement, section titles, and collection title
- Descriptive and evaluative feedback on the collection
- Advice regarding potential venues for publication
In addition to commenting on manuscripts, I’m happy to look at an individual poem or small group of poems (1-5 poems). In responding to individual poems, I can provide
- Line edits and comments
- Insight into other directions a poem might take or ideas for “companion poems” that extend or build on the draft(s) you’ve sent me
- Reading suggestions to help you in developing your vision and voice
In addition to editing services, I offer my services as a writing coach or mentor. Together we will establish an ongoing relationship, tailored to provide you the accountability and feedback you want. In this role, I can provide
- Regular check-ins via email, Skype, or phone: on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, we can discuss your progress on a project, strategies for overcoming writer’s block, and/or ways to bolster your writing routine through writing prompts and reading assignments
- Editing services on individual poems and manuscripts
- Advice regarding publication, networking, and sharing your work
Because each service is tailored to your individual goals as a writer, fees are highly negotiable. Please email me to tell me about your project and we can go from there.
Testimonials (from former students/clients):
“I highly admire her instructional style and her ability to really tease out the best in a piece of writing all the while meeting it on its own terms.”
“Amie’s feedback on my writing was the highlight of the class. It was insightful and helped me to improve my writing overall.”
“I appreciated Amie’s entire approach….Most of all I appreciated her quiet encouragement. I sensed her genuine enthusiasm for participants to learn as much as possible, on our terms. The mark of a great instructor!”
“Amie Whittemore is wonderful, knowledgeable, constructive, always available, always willing to suggest extra poets to read, extra materials, inspiring!”
“I thought the instructor was, for the most part, excellent–especially in her very professional critiques, which were exceptionally nuanced, fair, and balanced. She beautifully modeled how to best phrase constructive critique of a poem, whether a first draft or revision. I thought her feedback, both to myself and my peers, was well thought out, thorough, perceptive, and clearly presented. She created a relaxed but focused atmosphere and was personable and added bits of humor here and there, but didn’t go overboard with it.”