1-on-1 Coaching with Author Blair Hurley


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Writing short stories?Work with your personal writing coach to get invaluable feedback, accountability to keep writing, and the advice & guidance you need to finish and publish your stories.

If you're looking for a private mentor to help you hone your short story craft, 1-on-1 coaching is for you. A 3- or 6-month mentoring program with Blair Hurley, an accomplished short story author and teacher, could save you years of work and self doubt and put you on the fast track to (finally) launching your short story career.

Learn what's not working in your stories, what changes could make them better, and leave each session with actionable next steps to help you start publishing in literary magazines. 

How it Works

Over the course of 3 or 6 months you will meet with Blair every other week for a total of 6 or 12 sessions. Each session includes:

  • Send up to 4,000 words of your story to Blair, who will read and digest your work for discussion.
  • 45 minutes 1-on-1 with an award-winning author.
  • Get insight into what's working in your story—and what's not.
  • Tips on how to create a short story outline, and structure that flows.
  • Receive compassionate critique to help you improve your writing craft—including characters, plot, and dialogue.
  • Get a roadmap of actionable steps you can take to see real progress toward publishing.

About Blair Hurley 

Blair Hurley is the author of THE DEVOTED, published by W.W. Norton, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her work is published or forthcoming in Paris Review Daily, Electric Literature, The Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, Guernica, West Branch, and elsewhere.

She received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and two Pushcart Prize nominations in 2019.

Blair received her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. Today she teaches creative writing at Grubstreet, Catapult, and elsewhere.

She is the host of the Writerly Bites podcast.

What Writers are Saying About Blair

"Blair is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She has an innate knack for turning a conversation into a moment to drop brilliant knowledge on the writing process. In short, Blair is truly brilliant.”

“Terrific! I didn't expect to generate so much new work and Blair's critiques were extremely useful. Plus, she was available when I needed specific guidance. I'll definitely take any class Blair offers in the future.”

“Never met a more passionate, well-versed, and intelligent professor who encouraged meaningful discussions and the opportunity for professional growth.”

“Blair gave me great feedback on my drafts, which really helped my writing.”



The Details

Once you purchase your coaching package, we'll email you within 2 business days to schedule the date and time of your first meeting, and to chat about any specific requirements or requests you have.

We'll request the first 4,000 words of your short story at least 5 days in advance of your meeting so that Blair can prepare.

At the time of your meeting, you and Blair will connect by video chat to dive right in!

You'll walk away from each session with excellent insight from an award-winning author about how to improve your craft, stay motivated, build creative confidence, publish your short stories, and build your author brand!

Have a question? 

If you have any questions about working with Blair, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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