Adult Education Course


To help writers reach their goals at all stages of the writing process, Westport Writers’ Workshop instructors and editors are available for private, one-on-one manuscript consultations and/or coaching, by prior arrangement through the office. We offer a variety of services, ranging from hour-by-hour coaching to partial and full manuscript, query letter critiques.

For hourly coaching and copyediting services, advanced registration online is required via the form below. The hourly rates for editing and coaching services is $130 per hour. The rates apply to the time the instructor spends reading, editing, preparing, and/or meeting with the writer.

For more information, please contact us here, call (203) 227-3250 or email

Two on One: Getting the feedback you need on your Screenplay, Play, or Novel

Screenwriting instructor Alana Sanko and playwriting instructor Douglas Moser are taking a page from their popular “Hunker Down and Write” seminars and offering thirty minute or one hour consultation sessions to help writers leap over hurdles. Together, they will meet with individuals via Zoom, providing feedback and insight into your story (for screenplays, plays, and novels). Writers can submit up to 5 pages (one day before session) for review.  Sessions are 30 minutes (for $80) or 1 hour (for $140). Please call the office at (203) 227-3250 or email to set up.

Group Sessions

Do you belong to a writer's group and your group could benefit from outside feedback on their writing, or help with getting the most out of discussions? Maybe you'd like to discuss techniques for effective editing or break down a particular craft technique through discussion or prompts? Instructors at the Westport Writers Workshop are available for individual consults with writing groups of all sizes and genres. Choose a one time meeting to bring a fresh perspective to the group or answer questions on a particular topic. Set up periodic check-ins to guide your conversations and keep the group motivated. We will work with your schedule and needs to best assist your group. Contact the office at (203) 227-3250 for a price quote based on hours, number of participants, and structure of the consult.

Query Letter Critique ($260.00)

Includes query letter evaluation and two hours of consultation with a former Editor of Random House. Along with an opening sentence that grabs the agent’s attention, writer will be guided towards choosing comparison titles, pulling out the most marketable elements, and highlighting the right readership.

**Please pay for two hours of coaching in the form below and write “Query Letter Critique” in the comment section.

Partial Work Critique

Having trouble with your opening chapter? Need feedback on just one section of your manuscript? Our editors are happy to work with you on smaller portions of your work as well.

**Contact the office for a quote.

Basic Manuscript Critique

If you have completed your first draft or are stuck in the midst of a manuscript, a basic critique is a good place to start. An instructor will read your manuscript and provide broad stroke feedback in an editorial letter (roughly 3 to 5 pages). The feedback will address the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, including major issues with plot or character development, setting and pace. You’ll have an opportunity to provide any questions before and after you submit your work.

**Submit twenty-five pages and manuscript overall length (page count) for a quote.

Full Manuscript Critique

This option is for the writer who wishes to polish his or her completed manuscript. Your editor will provide micro and macro feedback with line edits and an editorial letter that addresses the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, including plot and character development, use of setting, repetition, and basic grammar (note: this is not a copyedit but glaring grammatical issues will be marked). The critique includes the opportunity to discuss edits with the editor after completion to address any lingering questions or new concerns once you have reviewed the editorial recommendations.

**Submit twenty-five pages and the manuscript overall length (page count) for a quote.

Manuscript Copyedit

If you are ready to submit your manuscript, but it needs that last check of grammar and punctuation, our resident copyeditor will cross your t’s and dot your i’s. This service does not address big picture topics like plot or character development, but it’s an excellent way to be sure you are putting your best foot forward with a polished manuscript.

Social Media Consult

Work one-one-one with Jessica Grunenberg, our social media for writers expert, to  implement strategies and create engaging digital content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Workshops Also Available - Virtual and Zoom

You may also be interested in our available Workshops which are now virtual and offered on Zoom!

Editing & Coaching Order Form

To purchase, please click VIEW DETAILS below to select the number of hours desired.

RATE: $130.00 per hour

Please specify during checkout in NOTES what type of coaching, editing, or instructor you require.

Adele Annesi’s workshop has not only made me a better writer, but a more critical reader and editor as well.  The feedback from both teacher and classmates has been invaluable
and has opened up new ways for me to see my work.  But the cherry on top has been
the wonderful camaraderie of our group.  I couldn’t have asked for kinder,
more supportive or more enriching people.