We’re professional, career writers of novels, short stories, memoir, essays, articles, screenplay, reviews and criticism. We’re experienced with literary and genre fiction as well as personal essays, formal essays, and critical articles in a variety of media. We’ve taught workshops and classes, edited anthologies, and been involved in the business of publishing for more than 20 years. Between us, we’ve won or been finalists for more than two dozen literary awards, honors and prizes.
We’ve been each other’s first reader and primary editor for 24 years, as well as editing and coaching students and professional writers. Writers whom we have edited or taught have been honored with the Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, NEA Award, Stonewall Book Award, Lambda Literary Award, American Academy of Arts & Letter Sue Kaufman Prize, Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Locus Award, Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, USA Today Notable Book selection, and collection in a variety of “Best of” anthologies.
We’ve been actively involved throughout our careers in marketing and publicizing our own work, and in working with our publishing teams. We have a track record of successful writing and successful relationships with large publishers, small presses, print periodicals and online markets.
Why This Is Good For You
Many people who offer editing services have never had a story, essay or book professionally published. They’ve never worked with an agent or publisher. They may have excellent theoretical knowledge — but we believe there’s no substitute for experience.
We are expert writers with excellent editing, teaching and coaching skills. We can help you both improve your writing and meet the challenges of a writer’s life, whether you’re trying to build a career, make a mid-career transition, carve out time from your busy life to work, or understand how the money works.
Our goal is to help your work be the best it can be, and to help you be a better, more productive writer.
We believe that anyone who is willing to work hard can improve their writing skills. Talent can’t be taught, but craft and skills can.
We will always be clear and honest with you about our perception of your work and your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
Nicola Griffith is a novelist, essayist and editor.
“Griffith is a writer of considerable gifts. Her sentences shimmer, her powers of observation and description are razor sharp.– The New York Times Book Review, Stay
In her depiction of a woman struggling for control of her life, Griffith has fashioned a paean to the human spirit, engaging both the mind and heart. It’s fashionable to say such books transcend the genre, as if quality had no place in science fiction. Rather, I think Slow River elevates the genre, joining a select few books that shine as beacons of excellence. — The Seattle Times, Slow River”
Nicola has published five novels, numerous stories and essays, and a memoir. Her most recent novel, Hild, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She also co-edited the award-winning Bending the Landscape series. Her work has been translated into 10 languages and has won 16 national or international writing awards, including the Nebula Award for Slow River, the Tiptree Prize for Ammonite, the Premio Italia, and 6 Lambda Literary awards (most recently for her memoir And Now We Are Going To Have A Party).
Nicola has taught workshops and classes in the US and UK at the beginner, graduate and professional levels in academic, corporate and continuing education settings, including Emory University, the Clarion West Writers Workshop, the Romance Writers of America, and the Arts Council of Great Britain.
Visit Nicola at her personal website to read fiction and essays, listen to interviews, and learn more about her work. Join her in conversation at her blog. Read here why she loves editing and teaching.
“Story is king. Setting is country. Characters are the citizens. You need them all working together. — Nicola Griffith”
Kelley Eskridge is a fiction writer, essayist and screenwriter.
“A stylistic and psychological tour de force. — The New York Times Book Review, Solitaire.
The best collection of stories I’ve read in forever. Cutting edge in every sense, Eskridge mines the raw edges of emotion — love, lust and fear — and places her characters in settings just a bit different to our own — the near future, the recent past, or the slightly fantastic. If you like Kelly Link, Nicola Griffith or Neil Gaiman, you’ll love Kelley Eskridge. — Malaprop’s/Indiebound, Dangerous Space”
Kelley’s novel Solitaire was a New York Times Notable novel, a Borders Books Original Voices selection, and a finalist for the Nebula, Spectrum and Endeavour awards. Her collection Dangerous Space was a Tiptree Prize Honor List book. Her work is published in the US, UK, France, Germany, Romania, Sweden, Australia and Japan. Her stories include a winner of the $11,000 Astraea Award, two Nebula award finalists, two Tiptree Prize Honor List stories, and a Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror selection.
Her short story “Alien Jane” was adapted for television by the SciFi Channel. Solitaire is currently in development as a film (retitled OtherLife) by Cherry Road Films/Radar Pictures, with Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman) as director and Kelley writing the revised screenplay.
Kelley has taught for the Clarion West Writers Workshop and Seattle’s Richard Hugo House. She has coached beginning writers, edited established writers and taught hundreds of corporate students skills in business writing, effective communication and process management/facilitation. Kelley is the Board Chair of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop.
“To hook imagination and skill together and then turn them loose to run, to find fascinating characters and tell their stories with both passion and precision… that’s the joy of being a writer. — Kelley Eskridge”
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