Critiques & Consultations

Critiques and consults for writers of all levels.

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“Writing for children is like writing “War and Peace,” in haiku.” ~ Mem Fox

I’m thrilled that you’re interested in working together on a specific project or perhaps just to explore where you want to take your writing career. This is where you can get some one-on-one love for your manuscript and/or you as a writer.


Here's my scoop for Winter/Spring 2020!

NOVELISTS: Due to my teaching load, I am not taking on novelists at this time unless we've worked together before. I'm happy to provide referrals - just indicate that on the form.

PICTURE BOOK WRITERS: I am taking on a few critiques and consultations starting February 1 so feel free to fill out the form.

If you want more "high level" feedback fairly quickly, check out my new Fast & Lite Picture Book Feedback which, unless otherwise noted on that page, is always open for business!




  Have under gone several revisions

  Interested in detailed comments and questions

  Micro level feedback on plot, character, theme and more


  Early stages of writing

  Interested in first impressions

  Feedback on high level concepts (plot, character…)


You’ve worked on it intensely, feel it’s close, but would like another viewpoint


Still not sure if either of these is right for you? You can set up a free 15-minute call with Denise.  Just fill out the form and Denise will contact you.

NOTE: “Category” means picture book, early reader, chapter book, novel, etc.

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