Professional Critique Boost, with Melissa Gardner

September 15th, 2019 - October 13th, 2019

with Melissa Gardner

Group started

In this workshop, adult fiction writers will work with writing teacher Melissa Gardner and a small group of peers to get feedback on the first 5,000 words of their works in progress. At the start of the group, you will submit your work. Participants will exchange written peer feedback and receive feedback from Melissa. Then, we will hold a debrief call where you can ask questions and brainstorm with Melissa, in preparation for revising on your own or with your writing group.

This group will be capped at 7 writers to keep the workload manageable.


Who this workshop is for: This workshop is for writers in the midst of revisions looking for a professional eye to guide them towards their next steps with their work. Melissa has worked with writers in multiple commercial and literary genres and welcomes submissions across the adult fiction category.

Focus: adult fiction

Group size: 9 writers

Submissions: Writers will make one submission of up to 5,000 words. Submit the beginning or your novel, or submit your short story.


Members: $90; Non-members: $105

About Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband and two cats. When she isn’t writing, she works as a reference librarian at a local community college and teaches creative writing classes online. Her most recent work has appeared in the Strangelet Journal, Altarworks, Hypnopomp, and Page & Spine.


September 15: Submit first 5000 words
October 6th: Critiques due; receive feedback
Thurs, Oct 10th, 8-9:45pm*: Debrief call
Sun, Oct 13th: Group closes

*The length of the debrief call will be adjusted if there are fewer than 7 participants.