Q: I just took your course. Will you read my manuscript?

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First of all friend, thank you for choosing my course out of all of the others on the internet. I know the stiff competition I am up against, and I’m flattered and forever grateful.

That being said, I can no longer keep up with the numerous requests from students to read their work as I am writing on strict deadlines.

In my courses, I recommend using your “phone a friend” to have another set of eyes on your work. I firmly stand by that.

I understand we are all accustomed to taking classes and having a teacher critique and grade us. My classes are not about the grade. They are about getting your stories written.

I do wish I were able to read and critique all the stories that come from my classes, but if I am going to continue to be a writer I must write, write, and write some more.

I suggest you do that as well. Write, write, and write some more. Take the classes as many times as you like.

Thank you for understanding, and please feel free to share your success with me via the course platform of your choice or on Instagram.

I do not have to read your work to be proud of you. I’m proud of you for finishing. Writing a story to completion, finishing the thing. That makes you a writer, and it makes you successful. Everything else is bonus.

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Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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