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“Recently, I wrote a 200-word story… and a brilliant editor, Meg Pokrass, helped make smart, delicate cuts.” —Jane Ciabattari, Former President of the National Book Critics Circle

“I don’t write short fiction, but Meg encouraged me to try my hand. I did have a failed poem sitting around that I just couldn’t wrangle into shape, so I pulled it out of form and began to work on it like a story. I sent it to Meg and she did a fantastic job of editing the piece. It was published in SmokeLong Quarterly. Meg wrote me that the piece was later chosen by Wigleaf Top 50,long listed as one of the best shorts on the web. I thought that would be the end of it, but then she wrote again and asked for more so I went back into my files and found another failed poem. With Meg’s super fine editing skills, was also published.”  —Dorianne Laux

“Meg Pokrass is a writer with a gift for mentoring, encouraging and teaching others some of the many roads into the writing world. I am indebted to her for the inspiration her writing prompts have provided me over the past several years.” —James Claffey, author, Blood a Cold Blue: Stories.

“Lets see: She takes personal interest in her students. Sticks her neck out for them. Hints and nudges them forward gently without aggressive editing. Gets excited on reading their work. Drops too many “wowzers”. Doesn’t talk about herself and her own writing. Gets them critiquing each others’ work. Yes. Meg Pokrass is a terrible mentor.” —Jamal H. Iqubal, Writer, Producer, Designer

“Meg Pokrass is a creative force. Her prompts get you writing–and excited to write–and her editorial suggestions are first rate. After taking her flash fiction workshop, I published three stories in prominent flash journals within months. Work with Meg. You’ll get results.” —Beth Keefauver, author

Work with Meg is serious play. When I find myself stalled, needing to shake it up, I know her prompts will help me write beyond my habits to find the fresh slant on what’s brewing in my head. I can rely on her to feed me great readings, to discuss craft, and to provide solid feedback on my stories. Her encouragement to develop my “practice” and to trust my writing has been invaluable.—Ashley Nissler, author

 

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