Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

Participants receive personalized feedback on a story or essay, detailed suggestions for improvement, and resources for submittingall from an experienced instructor. The workshop allows writers to work with instructors remotely and strives to provide a workshop experience that can easily fit into their lives.

//Currently Closed//

Participants Receive:

  • an editorial letter from your instructor with specific suggestions and developmental edits that will help elevate your story to the next level
  • PDF of materials including craft essays from The Masters Review, editorial notes on what we see from the slush pile, information on submission strategies, and additional advice on submitting
  • automatic inclusion in a forthcoming Masters Review contest
  • suggestions on literary magazines and contests that would be a good fit for your work, along with reading recommendations from your instructor
  • an archived copy of The Masters Review anthology
  • Writers will receive feedback no later than September 30. Early submissions may yield earlier feedback.

Nate Brown is the managing editor of the Austin-based literary journal American Short Fiction, he also teaches creative writing at Stevenson University, Johns Hopkins University, and at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. His stories and essays have appeared in the Iowa ReviewMississippi ReviewFive Chapters, the Los Angeles Review of BooksPublisher’s WeeklyLithub, and Barrelhouse.

Adeena Reitberger’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior ReviewMississippi ReviewCimarron ReviewNimrod International JournalSierra Nevada ReviewNANO Fiction, and elsewhere. She lives in Austin, Texas and is the co-editor of American Short Fiction.

Lauren Kane is the assistant editor at The Paris Review. Her writing has appeared on The Paris Review Daily and in Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in New York City.

Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels You’re Not You, But Not For Long, and Bread and Butter, and the editor of the food writing anthology Food & Booze. A longtime executive editor with the award-winning literary journal Tin House, she is a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Madison, Wis. Since 2013 she and novelist Susanna Daniel have run the Madison Writers’ Studio, offering a variety of creative writing workshops and classes.

Jeff Gleaves, a California native, received an MFA in creative nonfiction from California State University, Fresno. Before joining the Academy of American Poets, he was the Digital Director of The Paris Review, where he digitized the Review’s entire archive, directed an award-winning redesign of, and led the digital content team, which was nominated for eight Webby Awards. Prior to his time at The Paris Review, Jeffery worked at Dzanc Books and Counterpoint Press, during which he was also a web advisor to Harper’s Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise for The Masters Review’s Editorial Feedback

“I workshopped two stories with you/The Masters Review last year, and I wanted to let you know that revised versions of those stories helped me earn an acceptance to the University of Arizona, where I’ll be an MFA candidate in fiction this fall. Thank you so much for your feedback and for running such a wonderfully supportive publication and platform for emerging writers. ” Josh, Summer Workshop

“I wanted to share my news with you. “Piano Lessons,” the essay I submitted to the workshop with Anne Valente 2 yrs ago, is coming out in Creative Nonfiction in the April issue. You were so generous in your support of my writing. CNF was top on your list of recommended places to send it.” Ellen, Summer Workshop

“I hope The Masters Review will continue to do these online workshops and do them more frequently. It’s invaluable to get personal feedback from writers and editors of this caliber.” Drew, Summer Workshop

“Out of all of the editing processes I’ve encountered, the way you worked with me on ‘Shine’ stands out the most. I feel like you understand what I’m trying to achieve overall, offered edits to bolster that, and gave me suggestions that made the story that much stronger.” Ron, New Voices Author

“Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to receive thoughtful feedback on my writing!” Albert, Summer Workshop