Sean is available for limited private editing and teaching. He takes this work cautiously, seriously and at his own discretion.
Manuscript Review – If you have a rough manuscript but need help making it into a book, Sean will edit down or up, look for structures and provide a new table of contents, re-order, add sections (or no sections), advise what to include, what not to, and even suggest a new title if necessary. You get a long letter on structural decisions and a follow-up phone call or Skype meeting if needed. One month turn around.
Poems, but not yet a manuscript – If you have all the poems but just want a reader to examine order themes without removing any poems. You get a long letter on structural decisions and a follow-up phone call or Skype meeting if needed. One month turn around. (For the manuscript, Sean will not edit individual poems other than to say this should go in or out but he will sometimes highlight lines or themes or words in the poems that could be repeated to add deeper structural congruity).
Manuscript Edit: Full edits of book manuscripts.
Writer’s block? Sean can generate weekly assignments for you to get you going, and then will help you edit those poems.
Individual monthly feedback on a contract basis. Usually involves writing between 1 to 4 poems a month , depending on the writer’s own schedule, process and needs
Semester length individual mentorships to produce new work and create a book length project.
Feedback on a handful of poems at page rate.
Interested writers should send a detailed and specific email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean’s extensive editing experience includes work at a number of literary journals and as a repeated reader for the Al Poulin first book prize from BOA Editions. Sean taught creative writing at Syracuse University, Cazenovia College, for the State of NY as a poet in the schools, at Penn State Erie, St. Cyril Methodius University in the Republic of Skopje, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University, as well as countless day or week long workshops over the decades at numerous colleges and universities as a Visiting Writer.
Sean also teaches for the Cutthroat mentorship program. Click here for more info.