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"Matt has reviewed many of my flashes and short stories, including a soon-to-be-published novella-in-flash, and several pieces that went on to win and be placed in competitions. His feedback is always insightful, encouraging, challenging, and on time. He uses his unique blend of skills as a writer, editor, musician, teacher and linguist to highlight what works and what could be improved on structurally, rhythmically and on a sentence level. He is also a delight to deal with!"

Michelle Christophorou, Author of "Kipris"

"Not only has my writing greatly improved as a result of Matt's editing service and WBTL workshop, my confidence and desire to write has also grown. His feedback broadens the thought process in both an enlightening, and at times, skill testing way. Even his pointers of things to improve are given in a way that make me feel I am a great writer."

Jimmy Webb

"Matt's editing is always spot-on. When Matt says he likes your piece, you know you’re onto a good thing. His astute comments will guide you to edit and re-edit till your story has reached a level of near perfection. I can’t recommend him enough!."

Nora Nadjarian

"Matt understood my vision for my novel in a way I greatly appreciated and I knew immediately his suggested edits would elevate it. He was kind, positive and encouraging - to the point I happily dived back in to a mammoth re-write. I have since asked him to edit a second novel - if I could have him edit everything I write, I would."

Nicola Ashbrook, Author of "Mae in Quinquennia"

"Matt has done two edits for me. In both cases his editorial work has been thorough as well as thoughtful. He gave me clear pointers on what was needed to improve my MS, without ever being didactic. He is encouraging as well as realistic. I highly recommend him."

Bronwen Griffiths

"In all seriousness, @MkenWrites is a stone cold genius and his editing/feedback is incredible. You should all consider giving him a shout but get in line behind me."

Rick White, Author of "Talking to Ghosts at Parties"

"Matt is excellent at suggesting ways to make a story become the best it can be. Positive and detailed."

Ruth Brandt, Author of "No One Has Any Intention Of Building A Wall"

"I've got some serious editing of flash stories to do after getting brilliant feedback from @MkenWrites on a batch of stories"

Amanda Saint, Author of "Remember Tomorrow"

"Matt’s critique service is one of the best I’ve used, with superb attention to detail and insightful comments. I would use him again and would happily recommend his services to other writers."

Gaynor Jones, Author of "Among These Animals"

"Thank you Matt for your excellent feedback and editorial eye on a piece I've been struggling to lift past a particular point. You have such a great eye!"

Gillian O'Shaughnessy

"I received feedback from Matt on several stories during his workshops. His feedback is insightful, actionable and encouraging and really helped me dig deeper into what I was writing."

Jamie Etheridge

"I can personally vouch for Matt's fine ear, wonderfully constructive feedback and exceptional attention to detail. If you are a typo or a plot inconsistency, a solecism or a stylistic infelicity, you better say your prayers now - because he is coming for you."

Dan Brotzel, Author of "Hotel du Jack" & "The Wolf in the Woods"

"Matt helped me get from 'now what?' to 'yes, of course.' His feedback covered big picture stuff and single word choices. I'd recommend him in a heartbeat."

Dettra Rose

"If there's a weakness in your story that you're trying to sneak through, Matt will always spot it. You'll be glad of this later, more than you realise at first."


"Matt has a great eye for detail and his feedback has always been incredibly helpful."

Sam Payne

"Matt's feedback is consistently excellent - if you want to take a piece to the next level, he's your guy."

Katie Oliver, Author of "I Wanted to be Close to You"

"Matt’s editorial report on my flash was exactly what I needed - insightful, supportively challenging, respectful of my work, encouraging and SO useful!"

Hilary Coyne
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