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Did you know the North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an ongoing critiquing and editing service for its members? Through this program, Network writers have the opportunity to open a dialogue about their work with established writers and editors of varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Whether you write fiction or essays, poetry or travelogues, there is a critiquer waiting to help you and your writing take that next step. Check out some recent testimonials:

 

"It was unbelievably helpful . . . I was totally impressed, and it was well worth the price. You have a very satisfied member."
—NCWN member Reid Wilson

 

"I received Betsy Humphreys' edits. They are very useful and give me much to correct but also reflect upon! Great service and a very exciting opportunity!"
—NCWN member Karin Lukas-Cox

 

"I have been working on my novel for quite some time and really wondered if I was on the right track. Therefore, I decided it would be most helpful to send a few pages just to see what someone thought about it. I must say, I am really glad I did, as Mr. Manchester's words greatly inspired me to continue on."
—NCWN member Jennifer Bower

 

Fees

All manuscripts must have a minimum of 5 pages.

Administrative Fee:

First 5 – 50 pages:

Each page thereafter:

$30 per manuscript

$3 per page

$2 per page

For example, the critique of a 100-page manuscript will cost $280:

$3 per page x 50 = $150
$2 per page x 50 = $100
Administrative Fee = $30
                                $280

 

Instructions

All prose manuscripts should be double-spaced, single-sided, with 1-inch margins and in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Poetry must be single-spaced, with a limit of only one poem per page, with 1-inch margins and in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Stage plays and screenplays must be submitted in proper format. Guidelines for stage plays and screenplays can be found here (courtesy of Story Sense) and here (courtesy of Writers Store).

Please number your pages.

Manuscripts should NOT be bound when submitted.

Please indicate your first preference plus two back-ups for a critiquer (see list below). Otherwise, we will select an appropriate critiquer based on availability.

To submit your work to the Network’s Critiquing & Editing Service, please send a single envelope or package with the following:

  • Your manuscript, properly formatted
  • A summary, synopsis, or table of contents for the critiquer’s reference (do not include this page when calculating the fee)
  • Payment by check or money order, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network
  • A self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for your manuscript

Please mail to:

NCWN Critiquing Service
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

The critiquer will return the critiqued manuscript to you directly, using the SASE you provided.

If you have any questions, please call 336.293.8844 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Manuscript Consultation with your critiquer may be scheduled after the initial critique is complete, but is neither required nor guaranteed. The fee for a post-critique consultation is $50/hour, with no base fee. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested in scheduling a consultation.

 

Critiquers

For the complete list of critiquers, click here.

 

Winston-Salem—The North Carolina Writers’ Network welcomes two new board members: Michele Tracy Berger of Pittsboro and Shervon Cassim of Durham.

Michele Tracy Berger is a professor, a writer, a creativity expert, and a pug-lover. She’s passionate about all of these ways of being in the world and plays with the order that she avidly pursues them.

She is an associate professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an adjunct professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her books include Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004) and the co-edited collections Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (Altamira Press, 2003) and The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and The World is her most recent co-authored book (Routledge, 2011). She was recently appointed the Associate Director of the Faculty Fellows Program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of the Arts and Humanities.

Her creative writing has appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Glint, Flying South, Carolina Woman, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Ms., The Feminist Wire, various zines, and Western North Carolina Woman. She is at work on a short-story collection of speculative fiction.

Shervon Cassim is a writer and lawyer who was born and raised in Dubai. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, where he teaches fiction writing.

At the NCWN 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, in Raleigh, Shervon will sit on the All Stories Connect panel, “A Conversation about Culture,” with former NCWN trustee Sheila Smith McKoy, as well as Donna Miscolta and Elaine Neil Orr.

The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. It provides education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes that writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing and reading should be available to everyone.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

RALEIGH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference will be held November 4-6 in Raleigh. Registration will open on Monday, August 29.

Fall Conference offers a full weekend of workshops, classes, panels, and readings in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, self-publishing, and the business of books. Programming includes award-winning Raleigh mystery writer and 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron, who’ll give the Keynote Address, and the NC Poet Laureate and 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Shelby Stephenson, who’ll be the featured guest at the Saturday night banquet.

This event will be held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, in Raleigh. These accommodations are in close proximity to North Carolina State University, Crabtree Valley Mall, and downtown restaurants and business parks. There is a fitness center and outdoor pool; the hotel is easily accessible from I-40 (as well as 440 and 540 in Raleigh).

Raleigh, and the Triangle at large, is a book-lover's delight and home to many independent bookstores. Attendees may want to schedule time to visit some of these cultural literary gems and tote along an extra suitcase to haul their inevitable purchases home.

Quail Ridge Books has been Raleigh's community bookstore since 1984, and no visit to Raleigh is complete without scheduling time to stop by here. Quail Ridge has moved to a beautiful new location. Also in the City of Oaks, So & So Books is run by Chris Tonelli, who will lead a poetry workshop at Fall Conference.

Outside Raleigh, in Wake Forest, Page 158 Books is where Lit Happens. Page 158 is the official bookseller of NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference and will be on-site selling books by Fall Conference faculty.

In Durham, near the Duke University campus, The Regulator Bookshop has been going strong since 1976. On Main Street in downtown Durham, Letters Bookshop specializes in pristine used books and many excellent new offerings.

Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books stocks new and used adult and children's titles. They host an array of author events each week. In Pittsboro, just down the road, McIntyre's Fine Books in Fearrington Village has been selling books and promoting authors since 1989.

For more about things to do in Raleigh, click here. And you can keep your finger on the pulse of the Triangle's arts and culture scene through Indy Week.

Registration for NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference opens Monday, August 29.

 

 
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