Industry feedback is an incredible benefit to aspiring writers. That's why at Wilkes, each creative thesis is read and evaluated by an agent, editor, publisher or producer in the field.
Our outside readers will provide detailed notes about your work and review their feedback during a one-on-one meeting. While this list constantly changes, the following professionals regularly participate:
Ibrahim Ahmad is the senior editor at Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent publishing company. He is the co-founder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting program, and is a regular participant evaluating student work in the Wilkes Creative Writing program.
Albert LaFarge, Ph.D., founded the Albert LaFarge Literary Agency in Boston in 2003. He earlier worked as a book editor at Random House, Henry Holt, and Harcourt, and as deputy editor of DoubleTake magazine. He is the editor of The Essential William H. Whyte and, with Robert Coles, Minding the Store: Great Writing About Business, From Tolstoy to Now.
Michael Mailer is the founder of Michael Mailer Films, which produces both independent, character-driven films and larger, concept-oriented studio pictures. Productions include Seduced and Abandoned, A Little Game, Beginner's Guide to Sex, Friends and Romans, A Tourist Showing Roots, Kettle of Fish, The Golden Boys, Blood and Bone, The Ledge and a remake of Hitchcock's The Lodger.
Robert May, founder of SenArt Films, is a producer of independent films. His productions have collectively garnered over 40 awards including the Oscar®, Bafta, Independent Sprit Awards and Human Rights Award. May produced The Station Agent, The Fog of War, Stevie, The War Tapes and Bonneville. He also directed the documentary Kids for Cash. May's projects have been distributed by Miramax, Sony, Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox and Comcast/Universal.