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Doctoring

An experienced writer on the Gotham faculty reads and evaluates a particular project, at any stage of development. You will receive honest and supportive advice on how to take your project to the next level.
 
To begin, a Gotham staff member will consult with you to determine your specific needs and then match you with the appropriate writer on our faculty. You will then receive a quote based on the type and length of your material.
 
Moving forward, the assigned instructor will then read your work, provide written comments, and meet with you one-on-one—either in-person in New York City, or by phone/Skype. You will receive clear and concrete suggestions for improving your work. This is not a copy-editing service, but a careful analysis of your work. You will also have the opportunity to get all of your questions answered.
 
Book doctoring is available for novels and book-length memoirs.
 
Story doctoring is available for short stories (individual or multiple), as well as picture books, essays, short memoirs, articles, poems, songs, or most any form of creative writing.
 
Script doctoring is available for full-length screenplays, television scripts, or plays, as well as shorter scripts.
 
There are two versions of doctoring, in-person or long distance.
 
You may choose the in-person version, which includes an in-person consultation with your doctor, if you live in the New York City area. You may choose the long-distance version, which includes a phone/Skype meeting with the doctor, regardless of where you live. Total price for the in-person version is often slightly higher because more meeting time may be allotted.
 
For a free consultation, please fill out the form below or call 212-974-8377.
 
A quote will be provided prior to the commencement of any work. Payment in full is due in advance.
 
The total price will be calculated like so:
Rate: $75 per hour.

Book Doctoring (novels, memoirs)
1 hour for every 15 pages read (1 page = 275 words) plus     
1 hour for written critique plus     
2 hour in-person consultation or 1 hour phone consultation
 
For example, a 210-page novel would be: 14 hour read plus 1 hour summary letter plus either a 2 hour in-person meeting or a 1 hour phone meeting. Total: $1,275 for in-person; $1,200 for phone version.
 
Story Doctoring (stories, essays, articles, picture books, etc.)
30 or fewer pages    
 
1 hour for every 15 pages read (1 page = 275 words) plus     
1/2 hour for written critique plus    
1 hour in-person consultation or 1 hour phone consultation  
 
For example, a 14-page story would be: 1 hour read plus 1/2 hour written critique plus either a 1 hour in-person consultation or a 1/2 hour phone consultation. Total: $188 for in-person; $150 for phone version.
 
For certain types of writing—poetry, songwriting, stand-up comedy, etc.—price is determined on a case-by-case basis at the hourly rate of $75.
 
If you want help with a nonfiction book, the best starting point is our course Nonfiction Book Proposal. Nonfiction books (except for literary memoirs) almost always enter the market on the basis of a proposal. 
 
Script Doctoring (screenplays, TV scripts, plays, etc.)
 
Full-length screenplay or play (90-120 pages in script format)
 
5 hours to read plus    
1 hour for written critique plus    
2 hour in-person consultation or 1 hour phone consultation
 
For example, for a 119-page screenplay: Total: $600 for in-person; $525 for phone version.
 
TV scripts and short scripts (short film, one-act play, etc.)
 
Price is determined based on length, at the hourly rate of $75.
 
Other forms of One-on-One instruction:

Mentorship
Private Session/Class
College Admissions Essay Coaching
MFA Application Assistance
Custom Classes 


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Please indicate the type of work you are seeking assistance on:  Novel/Nonfiction Book
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1. Please describe the type of manuscript you want to submit (i.e. Is it a draft, nearly complete, or a synopsis or outline? etc.)?
2. Have you ever taken writing classes before? If so, where and at what level (beginning, advanced, etc.)?
3. Are there any specific questions that you would like to have addressed by your instructor or do you prefer a blind-read?
4. Any other comments or questions you'd like to submit to help us better meet your needs?
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