Editing & Teaching
I offer private editing for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. If you would like my assistance with a novel, a collection of stories or creative nonfiction essays, a memoir, or a multi-genre work, I'd be happy to help.
For complete manuscripts, I'll give you a written critique that covers character, structure, point of view, plot and narrative tension, language, and any questions particular to your own work. I'll go through the manuscript, noting its strengths as well as areas for further development.
After the critique, we will have a follow-up phone call or video chat for brainstorming, conversation, and answering any questions you have. I'm also available for follow-up readings for sections of the rewritten manuscript or a complete revision. And because the contemporary publishing landscape has become so complex, I also offer assistance and information for navigating both traditional and self-publishing possibilities.
It's important for you to be happy with your editor. You can get a sense of how I work by sending me the first scene of your book, along with a description of your project and what kind of help you’re looking for. When you write to me, let me know any questions you might have about the process. I'll read all this and then respond with an overall sense of the passage's strengths, as well as ideas and questions for revision. I'll also include rates for a response to the complete manuscript. You can write to me at sarah(at)sarahstoneauthor.com.
Stanford University offers an online creative writing program for adults through Continuing Studies that gives writers a chance to work in a strong, supportive community, deepening their fiction and learning more about both craft and process. I teach novel-writing and publishing in this program as well as courses in the Stanford Continuing Studies Online Certificate Program in Novel-Writing. I also teach in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
My current class is an online fiction publishing course for Stanford. I occasionally teach these publishing courses to help novelists and storytellers find the match between their own particular gifts and the best available venues for their work. The class is currently full, but you can sign up for the wait list here. I will also be teaching an online novel-writing class for Stanford in September.