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5220 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
United States

Dzanc Books is nonprofit press specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. In addition to publishing activities, Dzanc Books also supports the Disquiet International Literary Program.





The Dzanc Creative Writing Mentorships is an online program designed to allow writers to work one-on-one with published authors and editors to shape their short story, novel, poem, or essay.

Mentorships are conducted through Submittable, and are available in blocks of one, two, or four hours, with longer Mentorships being cheaper per hour than shorter ones. Writers wishing to have their work critiqued should expect that DCWM authors will work at a pace of approximately ten pages of double-spaced prose per hour, and slower for poetry. The mentoring author will read the work, after which they will provide a written critique for the student.

Mentorship sessions are available at a cost of $20 for one hour, $35 for two hours, or $50 for four hours.

This program is being offered at an extremely low rate, thanks to the generosity of our mentors, all of whom are volunteers. Many of our mentors do similar work as freelancers and charge much greater rates than are being offered here, and other workshops and writing programs charge a lump sum of several hundred dollars up front. Not only does the DCWM allow you to control and target your expenses, but 100% of the money brought in by Dzanc by our DCWM goes to supporting our Writer-in-Residence programs, which we offer free to students in elementary and secondary schools across the country.



  1. Select your mentor from the list of available authors. You'll find information about all of our authors and samples of their work on the "Our Mentors" page.
  2. Choose one, two, or four hours of mentorship and click through to the checkout. Note that your spot is not reserved until you click "Purchase." You will not be asked to pay for your session until you submit your manuscript.
  3. After you've completed your purchase, we'll get in touch and help you connect with your chosen author. Your work and payment will be submitted through Submittable.

Our mentors include many award-winning, published novelists, short story writers, flash fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers. If you would prefer not to select a specific author, we would be happy to select one for you.

For more information on our Creative Writing Mentorships program or any questions about the process, please send an email to

To sign up today, please select “Our Mentors” from the drop-down menu and choose your mentor.

Note that not all writers will be available at all times, and that while many of the Mentorships are wrapped up in as quick as a couple of days, they do sometimes take as long as a couple of weeks, due to mentoring authors' non-DCWM schedules.