Kaua’i Writing Studio: Manuscript Consultation

Consultants: Aditi Rao; Anca Szilágyi, Gary Copeland Lilley; Elizabeth Thorpe; Jarret Middleton, Paulette Perhach
writing@kahini.org or 360.531.1472
Registration: $175 or $1,750.

How it Works

Get personal attention on your work, with the eye toward publication and building your career as a writer. Sessions with Studio faculty members serve as private master classeses in writing, in addition to their focus on getting your specific work to completion.

Following a free phone conversation with our facilitator Jordan Hartt to talk about the best consultant for your writing project, you’ll select the writer you want to work with.

$175: your consultant will look at anything up to 17,500 words, the generally accepted limit for a short-form piece (whether poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or cross-genre work.) You’ll receive detailed written comments and an hour-long phone conversation, giving you master feedback to take your work to its next level and beyond.

$1,750: your consultant will look at anything over 17,500 words, the generally accepted word-count limit for a collection of stories or poems,, novella, novel, or memoir) You’ll receive detailed written comments and two hours of phone conversation, giving you master feedback to take your work to its next level and beyond.

Manuscript Consultants

Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being “The Bushman’s Medicine Show” from Lost Horse Press (2017), and a chapbook, “The Hog Killing,” from Blue Horse Press (2018). He is originally from North Carolina and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2014, Willow Springs, The Swamp, Waxwing, the Taos International Journal of Poetry, and the African American Review.

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 12.57.58 PMAnca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, a novel which Shelf Awareness called “a striking debut from a writer to watch” and which The Seattle Review of Books called “a creation of unearthly talents.”  Her short stories and essays appear in Lilith Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Electric Literature, among other publications. She is the recipient of awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Made at Hugo House, and Vermont Studio Center. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Screen Shot 2019-01-23 at 8.53.08 AMJarret Middleton is the author of the novel, Darkansas (Dzanc, 2018). He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, Heavy Feather Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Big Other, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He is represented by the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency in New York, NY and Intellectual Property Group (IPG) in Los Angeles, CA. He teaches fiction at Richard Hugo House and is a member of Seattle7Writers, The Creative Group, and Gotham Ghostwriters.

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 1.00.30 PMPaulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York TimesELLESlate, CosmopolitanMarie ClaireStylist UK, and Salon. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2008 she launched Drift, an arts and culture monthly, which won Best New Magazine from the Florida Magazine Association that year. In 2018, Perhach won two travel writing awards from the Solas Awards. She is represented by Fletcher & Co. In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, an online course for writers that includes a 55,000-word workbook, which nearly 400 students have taken. Hugo House licenses and sells the course, and Sasquatch Books, now an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish a book inspired by the course, called Welcome to the Writer’s Life.

Screen Shot 2019-01-20 at 1.04.53 PMAditi Rao is the author of two full-length poetry collections, and winner of several awards and fellowships. She has been teaching creative and expository writing, one-on-one as well as in group and classroom settings, since 2005. Aditi’s poetry has appeared in such magazines as Eclectica, Black Rabbit Review, Muse India, Cha: An Asian Literary journal, The Feminist Wire, and other publications, and her essays have been featured in People Building Peace 2.0, Moments that Speak: Images and Stories of Connection, The Hindu BusinessLine, The Ken, and others. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “The Fingers Remember” was published in 2015, and her second collection, “A Kind Of Freedom Song,” will be released in early 2019. She is currently working on her first nonfiction manuscript, a collection of oral histories of South Asian women who were raised by single women. Aditi has a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. She currently lives in New Delhi, India.

Elizabeth Thorpe‘s short fiction collection, Cities, was published in Spring 2015 by Texture Press. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Per Contra, escarp, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Maine Review, among others. She teaches writing at Drexel University and Olympic College, earned an MFA in Fiction from Goddard College, and is a literary editor for freelance clients and a proofreader for design company 160over90. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington, where she has worked at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference as an editor since 2011.