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Loft Manuscript Critique and Coaching

Give your manuscript its best shot

The Loft's renowned teaching artists can now work with you one-on-one to deepen your skills, get a manuscript ready for publication, and finally complete that long-term project. The Loft's Manuscript Critique and Coaching services offer rigorous and personalized services for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and children’s and young adult literature.

Select from a lineup that includes renowned writers and former editors and agents that helped authors develop books to be their best. Please browse the individual pages to learn more about the services each editor is offering.

You will submit your work and receive feedback by email. Any additional meeting or conversation with the teaching artist will be scheduled after your receive your feedback. The nature of these meetings depends on your own and the editor's location.

If you are applying for a grant, you're welcome to include Loft Manuscript Critique as a potential venue.  

If you'd like to learn more about the manuscript critique services in general, you can also always connect with us at 612-379-8999 or loft@loft.org.

If you would like to contact an editor with specific questions before purchasing, email manuscripts@loft.org and we will forward your questions to them.

Manuscript Critique Editors

Who do I work with? 

The best way to review what you'd get working with each editor is to review their specific page, but here is a summary of what each editor offers with general pricing. If you would like to contact an editor with specific questions before purchasing, email manuscripts@loft.org and we will forward your questions to them.

Prose: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Ellen Akins: Fiction & Memoir Manuscript Coaching ($2,100)
  • Ben Barnhart: Fiction (short stories and novels); Nonfiction; YA and Middle-Grade Fiction ($250 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Anitra Budd: Fiction and Nonfiction ($250 + 1.75 cents/word)
  • Patricia Weaver Francisco: Short and Long Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction ($300 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Erin Hart: Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction—Short or Novel-Length; Query Letters ($150 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Nicole Helget: Literary Fiction, Short Story collections, Historical Fiction, Genre Fiction (Western, Fantasy, Military, etc.), Literary Nonfiction, Essay collections, Memoir, Young Adult, and Middle Grade ($500 + 2.5 cents/word)
  • Heather McPherson: Book-Length Creative Nonfiction (including memoir, family history, essay, literary journalism, etc.) ($250 + 1.25 cents/word)
  • Lyda Morehouse: Book-Length Science Fiction and Fantasy ($250 + $1.75 cents/word)
  • Esther Porter: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 2.5 cents/word)
  • Kathryn Savage: MFA application personal statements, residency and fellowship personal statements, short fiction, flash fiction, and prose poems ($300 + 2 cents/word)
  • Sarah Stonich: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 1.25 cents/word) or Query Letters ($105)
  • Stanley Trollip: Crime Fiction—Short or Novel-Length ($100 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($110)
Screen- and Playwriting
  • Cristina Pippa: Short or Feature-length Screenplays and Plays ($50 + $3.50/page); Screenplay Treatment ($210)
  • Sarah Stonich: Screenplay Critique ($400 + 3.50/page)
Poetry
  • Kathryn Kysar: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $12.50/page), Marketing Plan ($560)
  • Jude Nutter: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $17.50/page)
Children's and Young Adult
  • Molly Beth Griffin: Picture Books ($112)
  • Elizabeth Law: Middle Grade or Young Adult Novels ($500 + 2.5 cents/word)
  • Carrie Mesrobian: Young Adult Novels (contemporary/realistic) ($250 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Kurtis Scaletta: Early Chapter Books (ages 7–10), Middle Grade Novels (ages 8–12) ($100 + 1.25 cents/word)
Offerings for Teens

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