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“Dominic was such a generous teacher, both with his time and his insight. When I had a question about craft, he gave a whole lesson about it. With each piece I wrote, Dominic described the story to me and what he saw as its intent, helping me to clarify who my characters were and what they were up to. He provided extensive feedback on my fiction—exemplifying what the best fiction workshops do.” — Patricia Grace King, author of Day of All Saints and former Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellow See All

Dominic Smith $120/hr

Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 50 pages of manuscript
  • Synopsis

Available For

  • Developmental Editing
  • Essay
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Memoir
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Short Fiction
  • Writing Schedules & Output Strategies

“Dominic was such a generous teacher, both with his time and his insight. When I had a question about craft, he gave a whole lesson about it. With each piece I wrote, Dominic described the story to me and what he saw as its intent, helping me to clarify who my characters were and what they were up to. He provided extensive feedback on my fiction—exemplifying what the best fiction workshops do.” — Patricia Grace King, author of Day of All Saints and former Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellow

Dominic Smith has been teaching creative writing for the last fifteen years. Since 2008, he has been on the graduate fiction faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Rice University. In his teaching and coaching, Dominic combines a deep understanding of craft with practical advice on how to evolve a piece of work toward its most polished form.

Dominic is the author of five novels, including The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review editors’ choice. Sold into more than a dozen countries, the novel was chosen as a best book of 2016 by Amazon, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Kirkus Reviews. In Australia, where Dominic grew up, the novel won the Fiction Indie Book of the Year Award from the Independent Booksellers Association and was named the Literary Fiction Book of the Year in the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Dominic’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Australian. He is a recipient of the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, as well as literature fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Working Style

When consulting on a manuscript, I like to begin with a close read of the first 50 pages plus a synopsis (for book-length work), or the entire manuscript for anything shorter. I then like to provide detailed written notes plus margin comments in the manuscript. Once the writer has had a chance to digest my comments, I like to schedule a meeting or call to discuss and answer any questions. We then work out a game plan for next steps. My skills are strongest around language, character development and story/plot. My feedback approach is precise and exacting, but also warm, positive and supportive. I am always in search of a work’s highest evolution.

Availability

I am generally available to meet twice a month. That meeting can be in person, in the Seattle area, or by Skype or phone. Additionally, I provide written feedback by email ahead of a scheduled meeting.

Interests

I enjoy reading literary fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, long-form journalism, and personal essay/memoir. Across all these forms, I’m drawn to language and story, for the way a writer builds a world truthfully and artfully.