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I was a student of Gail’s during the time she taught at the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. She is a great resource for anyone who is looking to start a writing or editing career. Gail taught me freelance writing in an independent study from which I learned numerous resources and techniques on how to start a writing career and submit my work to different publications. —Hope Hahn See All

Gail Folkins $75/hr

Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Read and critique individual essays
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback

Available For

  • Blog
  • Book Proposals
  • Book Reviews
  • Developmental Editing
  • Environmental Writing
  • Essay
  • Freelance & Magazine Writing
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in Submissions to agents
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Memoir
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Travel Narrative

I was a student of Gail’s during the time she taught at the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. She is a great resource for anyone who is looking to start a writing or editing career. Gail taught me freelance writing in an independent study from which I learned numerous resources and techniques on how to start a writing career and submit my work to different publications. —Hope Hahn

Dr. Folkins was extremely helpful and inspiring in helping me get started on my book project. Her suggestions and insights have been invaluable and I am very proud of the work we have done together. —Student in Advanced Literary Journalism, Independent Study

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I have worked throughout the West as a journalist, a writer in corporate and nonprofit settings, an instructor, and as a creative writer.  My two creative nonfiction books include a nature-themed memoir titled Light in the Trees (Texas Tech University Press 2016) and a work of literary journalism titled Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (Texas Tech University Press 2007). As a freelance writer, my essays have most recently appeared in The Common – Dispatches and Assay along with magazines such as Texas Highways and Wildflower Magazine. I have a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in creative writing (nonfiction emphasis) and have taught writing courses at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, St. Edward’s University in Austin, Austin Community College, and Hugo House in Seattle. My publications background includes directing a small press, working as a managing editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and leading a visiting writer series. I have served as a consultant and adviser on a variety of writing projects, from essay collections, to theses in creative nonfiction and poetry, to manuscripts on marketing and self-help.

Working Style

I provide detailed written feedback paired with a conversation in person, through Skype, or through email. Overall, I strive to highlight the writer’s voice while sharing feedback that brings the project closer to its fullest potential.

Availability

I can work in-person, through Skype, by phone, or through email. After an initial meeting in person or online, we can discuss your project needs and a schedule that works best.

Interests

Creative nonfiction of all types – memoir, travel, flash nonfiction, personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, young adult narrative nonfiction.