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Fiction Critique: Up to 2000 Words

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20 per unit - Virtual OK

I will read your short story of up to 2000 words and provide thoughts on:

- Characters
- Plot
- Setting
- Syntax: word choice, sentence structure, or flow
- Aesthetic: mood, theme, or voice

While I'll touch on all of the five above categories, I'll only focus deeply on one or two elements, just to make sure you have something you may (or may not) implement for improvement.

I'll approach your critique with the compliment sandwich technique: starting on positive notes, before suggesting places to grow, polish, and/or deepen your ideas, then tying it up with another one of the story's strengths. My goal is not just to make your writing better, but invest in your confidence as a writer, too.

You can request multiple units for stories of more than 2000 words. In the case of larger stories, I'll write separate critiques for every roughly 2000 words, varying my stopping points depending on chapter breaks. I'll also critique as you write, if you're working on a larger project and need a reader for inspiration.

All I ask is you don't sent me a cluster of separate stories. If you have four stories of 500 words each, those should be four separate critiques. Also, please note this is a critique, not a proofread.

You'll receive my critique as PDF between 250 and 500 words in length.

Training & Qualifications


I taught college-level fiction writing while in graduate school. I currently teach college composition. I regularly give students feedback on their writing as part of my career; but I'm inundated with critiquing academic writing, so I'm hoping Simbi will let me interact with fiction more.

Availability & Preferences


I edit writing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I'll address Simbi before my Wattpad and WordPress projects. My only slow time is December and May, when I'm grading fat stacks of student essays.

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Kourtnie


Jamison provided hour of Original Music Composition for Kourtnie
Apr 15, 2019
Great to work with!
Dustin received unit of Proofread Your One-Page Document from Kourtnie
Apr 08, 2019
Kourtnie was a great help and I'm sure my readers will have an enhanced experience because of her edits.
Katherine provided package of Swedish Tea Delivery for Kourtnie
Mar 30, 2019
Patient, friendly and communicative, wonderful to trade with!
Jamison provided hour of Original Music Composition for Kourtnie
Mar 30, 2019
Kourtnie is great to work with. Laid down clearly what she wanted, but trusted the creative process and ended up with a great piece we both love!
Kelsey provided unit of Compose music for Kourtnie
Mar 28, 2019
Amazing request! I seriously hope she likes it 😍 I made it sound as fairy like as possible. If you have any special requests or wanna change anythin...g, totally let me know!show more
Dustin received unit of Proofread Your One-Page Document from Kourtnie
Mar 13, 2019
Very excellent work. Finished earlker than I expected!
Taylor received unit of Poem on a Postcard from Kourtnie
Mar 12, 2019
Kourtnie sent an amazing poem and the perfect postcard to write it on!
Dustin received unit of Proofread Your One-Page Document from Kourtnie
Mar 08, 2019
Very very excellent work. I look forward to working more with Kourtnie in the future.
Dasha received Help with Resume Review from Kourtnie
Mar 06, 2019
Thank you so much:)
Tori received Help with 3D Design ideas from Kourtnie
Feb 27, 2019
Kourtnie was a very insightful and thoughtful Simbian. I thank her for her recommendation and will hopefully be able to work on the project.


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About Kourtnie McKenzie

Hi, I'm Kourtnie, a community college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English, and I'm obsessed with stories. I'm published in print and online journals, and I write regularly on W...attpad and WordPress. Before graduate school, I was a professional copyeditor, copywriter, and community manager. When I'm not writing, I'm reading. I'm a total Kindle junky, a Book of the Month member, and I read Medium, Wattpad, WordPress, and Wikipedia whenever I can carve five minutes between student and work responsibilities. While I teach English at the community college, I'm also a student there, currently enrolled in programming courses. I like learning math on Brilliant and Blender on Skillshare. I'm also an RPG Maker MV and Dungeons & Dragons hobbyist. I'd like to publish games on the web, as well as iOS and Android devices, in the next few years. I'm autistic and involved in the Twitter #ActuallyAutistic community. The cat lover side of me is active on Instagram. I'd rather have a swivel chair than Trump for president.show more

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