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Entrusting your work to someone else is always scary, whether it's a close friend or a stranger on the internet. But perfecting a piece of writing requires an outside eye--and, with significant professional experience in editing, proofreading, giving feedback, and doctoring writing across mediums, you can trust mine. I can work with you at any stage, whether your writing is on the page or in your head, for a passion project or on a tight deadline, whether you need a soundboard for brainstorming or want a ghostwriter for your great idea.

In short, I can offer informed, enthusiastic, and transformative help with whatever writing project you've got going on.

 

My approach to ANY writing consultation is built on three things:

  • understanding the rules of the genre (and knowing when to break them!)

  • extracting and refining the writer's intentions and vision

  • revising with clarity and transparency so writers become self-sufficient

To help combat systemic inequalities in our education, economic, and artistic systems, I am always happy to negotiate with marginalized writers and provide assistance at significant discounts.

 

I have suggested prices that are competitive and reasonable to give you an idea of my price range--but to ensure that both your work and my time are equally valued, I price every consultation on an individual basis. Fill out an inquiry form, and I will work with you to craft an agreement that we both feel good about.

I accept Chase QuickPay, PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App.

“Kirin is a dynamic writing teacher and peerless provider of insightful feedback and constructive critique across multiple genres and disciplines of writing. Her approach is dialogic, supportive, and rigorous: she listens effectively, builds trust, and then offers articulate, effective strategies and suggestions to not only improve a particular piece of writing, but help those she works with to become better writers on their own.
— Hilary Jenks, PhD

see below for more testimonials

 

SCRIPTS - theatre, film, television

 

brainstorming

For the writer who's got a great idea and just needs a soundboard with a knack for drawing out the important points and organizing them. These sessions can occur over email, phone, or Skype, and you'll receive compiled notes after the session.

$50/hr; one hour minimum

pre/post-writing

Make your pre/post-writing materials (outlines, beat sheets, treatments, summaries, loglines, blurbs, etc.) as air-tight as possible to ensure that your next phase of writing will be that much easier, or that your promotional materials represent your script and catch people's attention. You will receive in-depth questions, confusions, and suggestions via email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$25 per every 500 words

Script Pages

Receive high-quality professional feedback on a play, episode(s), or screenplay. Make sure your script is the best it can be based on YOUR vision--not the best version of a script someone else wants you to write. Depending on what stage your script is at, you'll receive big-picture notes to get your next draft on track, meticulous observations and helpful suggestions to take a later-stage draft from finished to polished, or overall formatting and proofreading to get your script submission-ready. You'll receive detailed notes via email with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$100 per short script or half-hour TV episodes

$200 per full-length scripts

 

MANUSCRIPTS - SCHOLARLY, LITERARY

 

before & after materials

Brainstorming, outlines, summaries, blurbs, etc.

For the writer who's got a great idea and just needs a soundboard with a knack for drawing out the important points and organizing them, or for the writer with pre/post-writing materials that need to be as air-tight as possible to ensure that your next phase of writing will be that much easier, or that your materials represent your work and catch people's attention.

Brainstorming sessions can occur over email, phone, or Skype, and you'll receive compiled notes after the session. $50/hr; one hour minimum

Pre/post-writing materials will receive in-depth questions, confusions, and suggestions via email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion. $25 per every 500 words

academic

Papers, articles, lit reviews, dissertations, etc.

Get detailed feedback on your academic work, no matter what stage the draft is in--big-picture notes, suggested edits, structural feedback, and even close, academic-level proofreading. You'll receive notes over email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$50/hr; one hour minimum

Literary

Short stories, personal essays, novellas, novels, non-fiction, poetry, etc.

Put your work through a high-level MFA workshop without the in-fighting, egos, or institutionalized bigotry! Receive reader responses and critical feedback that helps align your work with your vision, or get in-depth, detailed edits and proofreading to make your work the strongest it can be. You'll receive a notated manuscript OR a one-page critical response via email, with an option for a phone or Skype summary discussion.

$50/hr; one hour minimum

 

employment materials

 

basic materials

Resumes, CVs, cover letters, etc.

Get experienced feedback on the tried and true employment components that you need time and again. Make your materials as clear, concise, efficient, and attention-grabbing as possible, whether it's punching up your language, streamlining the look of your document, or writing a successful cover letter. You'll receive an edited document via email.

$25/page

statements

Personal, artistic, teaching, etc.

Reductive statements are hard but necessary--make yours stand out from the crowd! Benefit from extensive experience in the academic, professional, and artistic hiring worlds, and ensure whatever statement you need is original, logical, cohesive, and polished. You'll receive an edited document via email.

$50/statement

full application

Jobs, fellowships, grants, etc.

Make sure your application tells a story, from start to finish--and get that opportunity you've got your eye on by submitting a package with complementary, concise parts! You'll receive detailed feedback on every element of your application via email, and a phone or Skype summary discussion after review.

$150/total package (depending on length)

 

ALL PRICES LISTED above ARE STARTING ESTIMATES AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED—

EXACT PRICING WILL VARY BASED YOUR PROJECT AND NEEDS.


testimonials

Kirin McCrory is truly a play-whisperer. With an effortless honesty, her notes are always based in the existing text. She mines the play for what is there before inquiring what wants to be there or what is missing. In this way, a dramaturgy session with Kirin is almost a conversation with the play itself. She has a real gift, and my work is better because of her!
— Jiréh Breon Holder, NBC's New Amsterdam
Kirin has the exceptional capability of helping with both the technical elements of writing, as well as the aesthetic/stylistic aspects. As a result, she is able to do something extremely rare: unlock and refine a writer’s vision, rather than re-write from her own perspective.
— Matthew Kellen Burgos, Artist Director
I’m very protective about my work and don’t like to share it with many people but I instantly felt comfortable working with Kirin. She’s very calm and honest. I also really like brainstorming with her because she asks clear questions and can follow me along in my jumping all over the place. Most importantly, I really appreciate her unwavering belief in me and in my work.
— Xiomara Forbez, PhD student
Kirin’s helped me develop nearly every script I’ve written in the past decade, and there’s no one I trust more to put eyes on something I’m, in its development, so protective of. Her feedback is always to the point, but never harsh. Thorough without being indulgent. Not once have I felt threatened by a note she has given me, but rather, felt that she always had the script’s best intentions in mind.
— Joshua Mikel, actor/playwright
An editor who honors the voice of the writer while energizing the author to activate their language through succinct review is both balm and provocation – and should you be fortunate, Kirin McCrory.

Within two sessions I not only received revisions that honed and elevated my narrative, but came away with more sureness and approaches to self-edit and compose stronger methodological writing.

Kirin’s ability to craft edits that guide an artist through self-evaluation and thoroughness are career changing.
— Ebony Blanding, House of June
Kirin has a professional and responsible demeanor, is committed to working hard on the behalf of the writer, and has demonstrated profound cultural sensitivity in her work with writers diverse in race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and ability levels.
— Hillary Jenks, PhD
a bad bitch with them edits
— eb, artist
Kirin McCrory is a phenomenal script analyzer and enhancer. She delves deep into the world of the play and focuses on the story the writer is telling. Her feedback cuts away outlining elements that may distract from theatricality and plot, encouraging the characters to shine through. She truly allowed my work to uncover its authentic voice so that the revision and refining processes were much easier to walk through.”
— Amina S. McIntyre, playwright
Kirin is one of the most intelligent readers I’ve encountered as a writer. She has a keen eye for detail and the ability to identify patterns within a script or piece of prose that are often invisible to others. Not only does she diagnose problems within a text, but she also provides workable solutions that fit seamlessly into the larger work. I can not recommend her highly enough.
— Jessica Chiarella, Novelist
Kirin is a brilliant reader with a deep understanding of writing and story structure. She has an uncanny ability to not just identify underlying issues in a text, but provide potential solutions that align with an individual writer’s sensibilities. I have never once sent a project to Kirin that did not become stronger thanks to her constructive, comprehensive, and insightful feedback.
— Sean Dennison, screenwriter
Kirin has this ability to cut to the core of your story, pinpointing strengths and weaknesses with precision. I’ve found myself gaining a greater understanding of my work and its potential when working with Kirin.
— Elford Alley, playwright
English is not my first language, and Kirin’s editing, sentence-structure, and summarizing has been extremely helpful. She edits my 15-pages papers very fast, which is perfet for my tight deadlines. She is also great with brainstorming. Sometimes, I struggle with knowing what to write because I have too many arguments/ideas in my head—but Kirin is great at helping create outlines and extracting what is in my head which I cannot explain with words.
— Maïko Le Lay, PhD student