Special Event! November 7, 2020 (original April event postponed until Nov) 

Willow Words Writing Services

Learn and be inspired from Editor, Andrea Hall, who works on picture books through young  adults. Andrea works at Albert Whitman & Company which is an independent publisher that has been producing award-winning children’s books since 1919. 

9:00-11:00 am -Contemporary Issues in Picture Books (focusing on  tough topics children deal with and how to handle them for a younger audience) Fee: $35

12:00-2:00 pm-Top Ten Things Editors Look for in a Manuscript. Fee: $35

Afternoon Individual Critique Sessions Available:Please call or text Sheri PRIOR to paying for the critique to see if there are available spots left. 

Individual Critique with the Editor: a 20 min, one on one discussion about your manuscript. Max word count 1,000. $40 (spaces are limited) 

Individual Critique with a published author/previous literary agent: a 20 min, one on one discussion about your manuscript. Max word count 1,000.  $35 (spaces are limited)

Venmo @sheri-Mabry-1 or mail a check to Willow Words Writing Services 

1300, 14th Ave Studio 311 Grafton WI 53024. Please include your name, email, phone and indicate what you are registering and paying for: 

__Morning Workshop

__Afternoon Workshop

__Critique with Editor

__Critique with Author

Receive in-depth feedback and support on your writing from a professional, experienced author and editor.

A full spectrum of writing services to help you achieve your writing goals.

Special Temporary Rate on Critiques:
Any writing of 1,000 or less: $55 for a written, emailed critique.
$70 for a one-on-one phone or in-person critique.
Contact Sheri: sheri@willowwords.agency

Editing and Proofreading

Helping to prepare your written material for publication through line edits and copy editing.

Tutoring and Essay Support

Receive one-on-one tutoring from long time educator and life-long writer.

Sheri’s combined experience and expertise in teaching in various school districts, tutoring, being an author, literary agent, providing writing services, and a degree in education and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction will provide your child/student with expert support and the inspiration he/she needs. Tutoring services are available for elementary school, middle school, high school and college students.


Do you have a myriad of questions about the industry? Gain expert advice on the path to publication from an award winning published author, experienced Literary Agent, business owner, and educator.


Packages that support your writing career. We’ll begin investigating your goals and aspirations then we will set the course on how to get from where you are now to where you’d like to go. Tips, tools and techniques on the industry, publishing, formatting, submissions and writing resources will be shared to help you navigate this creative journey. Choose from a variety of coaching packages.

Critiques- Developmental Editing

Seeking feedback on your current writing project? This service includes an emailed critique, a marked up manuscript, and a 30 minute phone conference about your manuscript.

Business Writing And Ghost Writing

From website content to blogs, to mission and vision statements, to marketing materials. we will support your business writing.

Author Visits

Author Visits: Sheri is available to give presentations on writing to both children and adults in settings such as classrooms, SCBWI events and writing/arts retreats. She is available to participate on panels as well as critique and review manuscripts at conferences.

About Sheri

Sheri Mabry,with a BS degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, is a long time teacher and life-long learner. She has represented published authors as an agent and is the owner and operator of Willow Words Writing Services.

With over two decades of experience writing, editing, coaching, and critiquing for all ages and many genres, she also has a myriad of experiences teaching and tutoring.

She is an award winning published author and has written adult, teen and children’s books. She is a frequent writing contributor to Yoga International and has sold work to Highlights for Children, and other national magazines.

She is the Founder or North Shore Academy of the Arts.

"Sheri is the best thing that has ever happened to my writing career. I have studied picture book writing diligently, attended meetings, critique groups and expensive conferences, yet I probed in the dark. Then I found Willow Words and Sheri Bestor. With unexpected warmth and inspiration, Sheri taught me more in one critique letter than I had learned in all my previous study combined. Furthermore, she has demonstrated a sincere interest in my development as a writer and individual.Thanks, Sheri for turning on the lights and taking an interest in my work."
Daniel Welborn ~ Writer
"Sheri first critiqued a manuscript for me at a SCBWI conference two years ago. She did such a helpful and thorough job that I have been using her service ever since. Both her ideas for me to consider and her questions for me help align my story on the page more closely with the story in my head. In addition to her written critiques I also enjoy and value her phone critiques. My manuscripts are much stronger after working with Sheri."
CT ~ Wisconsin
"Sheri Mabry is an excellent writing mentor. She wants nothing but one's writing best. Her high expectations inspires a writer to reach inside her craft and dig deep to fid the voice/soul of each piece. Anyone who wants a state of the art coach should definitely choose to work with Sheri."
Joan G. Boyce

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