Literary Critique Sessions

Are you at that stage in your writing career where you’d like some professional feedback? Whether a new writer or more experienced, The ARTS Council is offering literary critique sessions for writers at all stages of their experience. Four published authors will be joining us for these private critique sessions via Zoom.

How Does It Work?

  • Check out the bios of the published authors below and choose one that you feel best suits your interests.
  • Advance registration is required so sign-up as soon as possible to get the author you want to work with at your preferred time.
  • Each person gets half an hour with their author in a private zoom room.
  • You must email no more than 5 pages of a work sample to Casey at at least 5 days prior to your session (sooner is better).
  • You will be emailed a zoom link and on the day of your critique you will enter the zoom and wait to be put into a private zoom room with your author where you will then go over the 5-page work sample that was pre-submitted.
  • Remember, this is supposed to be a conversation so please feel free to come ready with questions, ideas, etc.
  • Questions? Email Casey at

Author/Critic Bios

  1. C.W. BRIAR is the author of the dark fantasy novel Whispers from the Depths (Uncommon Universes Press), which received a Publishers Weekly Starred Review. He has also published various short horror stories, one of which was selected for Mother Horror’s best short stories for 2020. His short story collection Sticks and Stones releases in 2022, and he is currently pitching a Gothic mystery novel for publication. He has collaborated with and trained under many leading authors, editors, and publishers in horror and speculative fiction. While his stories range across multiple genres, they have a common goal of providing readers with suspense, terror, wonder, and surprise.

    Briar welcomes opportunities to work with burgeoning writers to share what he has learned through his own experience and from classes taught by best-selling authors. The goal of every class or workshop is to explore the art of story-telling and the realities of publishing. Students will be guided on how to navigate the industry and how to bring out the best in their stories as told in their voices. He especially enjoys dark and suspenseful stories in the genres of horror, fantasy, and mystery, but is willing to accept work from all genres.

  2. JOSHUA PALMATIER is a fantasy author with a PhD in mathematics. He currently teaches at SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York, while writing in his “spare” time, editing anthologies, and running the anthology-producing small press Zombies Need Brains LLC. His most recent fantasy novel, Reaping the Aurora, concludes the fantasy series begun in Shattering the Ley and Threading the Needle, although you can also find his Throne of Amenkor series and the Well of Sorrows series still on the shelves. He is currently hard at work writing his next novel and designing the Kickstarter for the next Zombies Need Brains anthology project. You can find out more at or at the small press’ site Or follow him on Twitter as @bentateauthor or @ZNBLLC.

    Joshua is willing to accept anything in the fantasy, science fiction, or horror genres.

  3. MICHAEL CZARNECKI is a poet, oral memoirist, traveler, and small press publisher. Michael has been writing poetry and memoir full-time since 1994, founding FootHills Publishing in 1986. Since then Michael has published 400 chapbooks and books of poetry as a small press publisher. Traveling all over the country, Michael gives readings and teaches workshops, always coming home with more inspiration for his own poems. His work has been published in over 20 books or chapbooks of his own work. Michael is accepting works of poetry, memoir, and short story.