Literary Consulting


Because great writers come from many backgrounds and have individual needs, my work as a Literary Consultant requires me to be flexible. The three main methods I have for helping my clients are Private Consultations, Classes, and Critiques.


I’m a private literary consultant and artistic mentor specializing in fiction and creative non-fiction. I’m an Englishman, and have one of those pompous accents. I currently teach in a safe, intimate location in the South Minneapolis area, close to restaurants, freeways, and the bus line. My clients are at all levels of literary development and genre, and my fee structure is flexible and negotiable. Please see the Private Consultation page for more information.


Long distance consultation has been made much easier by the wide availability of e-mail and especially Skype. Manuscripts sent conventionally overland are also acceptable. Please see the Overseas Consultation page for more information.


Classes are more structured, but allow you to receive input from all the participants. Many of the students also enjoy the peer pressure to keep things moving along as you work. Please see the Classes page for detailed information.


Manuscript critiquing and editing, writing and publishing consultation, artistic counseling and mentoring, custom-organized small classes, and, occasionally, workshops held in the United Kingdom. Please see the Critiques page for more information.


In addition to sixteen years of coaching writers one-on-one, I’ve taught at all age levels with the University of Minnesota, COMPAS writers-in-the-schools, The Loft, and various other colleges and arts-oriented organizations and language schools. I’ve taught poetry, fiction, expository writing, drama, literature, and mythology. I founded two literary magazines during the 1980’s and hold a master’s degree in English with an emphasis on writing. I’m also what they call and ABD, which means I did everything to finish a PhD except write the dissertation…which I still may do one of these days, time permitting.

I produce and co-host KFAI’s “Write On! Radio” 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 in Saint Paul or on the web at “Write on Radio,” KFAI.

I am CEO and managing editor of a new publishing company SCARLETTA PRESS which you can check out at


THE WOUNDED & Other Stories About Sons and Fathers,New Rivers Press, 1992.

Numerous short stories and articles in anthologies and magazines.