Update August 2017

In case it has not become clear by reading other pages on my blog, my focus is on individual private editorial services more than classes these days.  Since I had to give up my studio my only outlet for classes is the Finley Community Center which is good but offers a limited schedule.

I know some people prefer a class setting rather than private/individual sessions, so they can get others’ feedback as well, and also because it’s less expensive, but I still encourage the private sessions because even though it costs more, you get much more for each dollar spent, which is important because the instruction and editing is focused on your writing and your specific needs.

While it’s nice to hear what others have to say about your writing, popular feedback can be gotten in any free writing group, or just reading to friends or family.  It’s the professional opinion you are paying for which you will take with you into your future writing, long after classes or private sessions have finished.

What I offer between classes in the way of editorial and instructional services is private/individual sessions via email where students send their agreed-upon amount of writing, preferably as a Microsoft Word attachment (after they mail me a check in advance), according to what we’ve discussed and what kind of feedback the writer wants (overall vs. more detailed, etc.).

I only charge for time actually reading or editing your work. Time spent writing emails, other correspondence or “admin” tasks are without charge.

I recommend writers write me to send me up to 2 pages of your writing as an attachment, and I will give you an initial free consultation so you can get an idea of what kinds of suggestions I might have for you. Or if you haven’t written anything yet, just send me your ideas.

I love working with writers and encouraging them to “be honest on the page”, and am delighted you found me. I’m very flexible, so let’s see if we can make this work for you one way or another.

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.


Valerie Serrano



Author: Valerie Serrano

Valerie Serrano has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in psychology. Valerie taught English and writing in New York for seven years (1996-2003), and has been teaching creative writing classes online through www.LetsWrite.com and in Santa Rosa, California, where she now resides, since 2012. Her small business is called Let's Write! from which she also offers editing, self-publishing help, and more (such as motivation to good but scared writers). Val loves every minute of it, especially when students have the gumption to take their writing from first (very) rough draft to (self) published. Valerie has self-published her own novel called The Archangel of Hamilton Beach and a children’s picture book, Horses Talk Funny, both available on Amazon and via her blog. Val loves to say: So, Let's Write!

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