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Story Editing

You love your story. Sadly, only you -- and maybe a few supporters -- do. You've gotten vague rejection letters, or you have friends who say "it's nice." You love it, but it just ... lays there. Is your manuscript malnourished with too little action? Overfed with too many characters? Is the emotional heart hard to hear or the dramatic pulse erratic? Story editing looks at the macrocosm of what you've created: the believability of it, the dramatic ebb and flow, the emotional impact. A story edit can point out the sections that are flat, the characters that are one-dimensional and the errors in reasoning or effect. Includes a review of plot, structure, character development, dialogue, overall tension and dramatic impact, a five-page written analysis and an hour-long meeting. For more information, please email

Story editing is ideal for students unable to participate in The Writer's Path at SMU or for TWP students who seek additional, intensive input about their story. Fiction and non-fiction editors available. No line editing.

Does not count as a prerequisite for the SMU Writer's Seminar in New York; for more information about the SMU Writer's Seminar in New York, please visit

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Chapter Revision

For individuals who wish to refine a section of their work or have a chapter (up to 20 pages, standard formatting) edited before submission. A Writer's Path at SMU instructor will edit accepted chapter(s) for sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling, word usage, and overall manuscript presentation. $695-$895. For For more information, please email