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"Anca is a careful, perceptive reader. Her comments on my story helped me move to the next draft and have influenced my other work." -Bernard Grant, writer, editor, and client See All

Anca Szilágyi $100/hr

Services Offered

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

Available For

  • Book Reviews
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Research
  • Short Fiction

"Anca is a careful, perceptive reader. Her comments on my story helped me move to the next draft and have influenced my other work." -Bernard Grant, writer, editor, and client

“I really enjoyed your class. It’s the most helpful one I’ve taken to date, and in large part because of the time you take for individual feedback. I also thought the story selection for readings was spot-on, and the exercises were fun and generative. I have a few new stories from those exercises that I’m excited to delve into further.” -Melissa Slager, Intro to Fiction: Writing the Short Story student

“Anca is incredibly knowledgeable and kind in her critiques. I learned a lot just reviewing stories with her and the class. This has directly affected my own writing.” -Writing with Visual Art student

"Really enjoyed the generative writing exercises! Prompts were interesting & other-worldly & got my creative juices flowing." -Contemporary Fairy Tales student

“After learning so much in Anca’s fiction class, I knew she would be a great mentor for my novel manuscript. Her detailed comments were excellent and designed to help me help myself, rather than just proposing edits or off-the-shelf craft solutions. She took the time to really understand the world of the novel and what I am trying to achieve, and proposed ways of thinking about problems that have empowered and energized me to take the draft to the next level. Wonderful experience!” -David Roberts

Anca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, a novel which Shelf Awareness called “a striking debut from a writer to watch” and which The Seattle Review of Books called “a creation of unearthly talents.”  Her short fiction appears in Lilith MagazineConfrontationFairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric Literature, and Salon, among other publications. She was awarded the inaugural Artist Trust / LaSalle Storyteller Award, an inaugural Made at Hugo House fellowship, a 4Culture grant, a Jack Straw fellowship, and a Vermont Studio Center residency. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught at Hugo House since 2012, and has also taught at Pace University, University of Washington, and online at Southern New Hampshire University’s MA in English and Creative Writing.

Working Style

For general manuscript feedback of any length, I include ample marginal comments. For developmental editing, I like to ask a lot of open-ended questions to help writers uncover narrative possibilities. Manuscript excerpts or short stories will get a one page end comment and book-length manuscripts two to three. Each can be followed up with a conversation in person, online, or on the phone. For line edits, I will include an end comment that summarizes how to improve writing at the sentence level. For coaching sessions, I can discuss the writing process and setting manageable goals, suggest exercises and give feedback on them, suggest reading material and opportunities that might be of interest to the student, how to apply for grants, residencies, and MFA programs, and how to give engaging public readings.


I'm available year-round over email, video chat, or phone. I'm happy to chat with students for free for 10 minutes to assess their needs.


Literary fiction, including fabulism / magical realism, fiction that looks outward to global issues (I read a lot of novels in translation), fiction that intersects with other arts (visual, performing, etc.), fiction in which place plays an important role. Book reviews and literary journalism. Preparing for public readings.