Manuscript Critique:
Cristina Pippa

Open to: Short or Feature-length Screenplays and Plays

Limit: Please check on projects more than 125 pages

What You’ll Submit: Your script of a play or screenplay up to 125 pages; your treatment or plot synopsis for a screenplay or stage play up to 10 pages.  

What You’ll Get

Cristina approaches each script as a blueprint for a play or movie that the writer will one day see fully realized on stage or screen. She aims to honor the writer’s vision while examining structure, narrative arc, dialogue, originality, and the overall experience of the script. Her suggestions for areas that can be developed, enhanced or clarified will help the writer to see the work anew and to begin the process of revision.

If you submit your script to Cristina for review, you are invited to follow up with questions in the format of an email or a 15-minute phone consultation.

As you probably already know, when a writer submits a script to a contest, literary manager or production company, it nearly always undergoes “coverage.” Someone assigns it a one-sentence logline, summarizes the plot, describes the characters, and critiques the script. The writer doesn’t often get to see these notes or have the opportunity to rewrite, so it’s well advised to get coverage before sending out the script. Having written and received coverage for ten years, Cristina looks forward to offering this service to writers through the Loft.

Pricing:
Loft screenplay critique consists of a flat base price, plus a per page fee. You can enter your page count below and the system will calculate your price. 
  • $50 (base price) + $3.5/page

Cristina will also work with you to review and improve your 10 page screenplay treatment: $210

Turnaround:

  • Screenplay of Stage Play Coverage (Up to 125 pages): 2 weeks
  • Short Screenplay of Stage Play Coverage (Up to 50 pages): 1 week
  • Treatment Coverage (Up to 10 pages): 2 weeks
  • Screenplay or Stage Play Full Edit (Up to 125 pages): 3 weeks
  • Short Screenplay or Stage Play Full Edit (Up to 50 pages): 2 weeks

Cristina Pippa Screenplay Critique

Class Level: Page

Base Price: $50.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + $3.50/page)

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Cristina Pippa Treatment Coverage

Class Level: Hourly

Base Price: $210.00

Cristina Pippa completed her BA in Theatre and in the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University and her MFA in the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, where she received the Iowa Arts Fellowship. Her plays have been published and commissioned, as well as produced by such companies as Avalon Theatre Company, the Hangar Lab Company, and the Looking Glass Theatre. Her screenplays have been optioned and won third place in the A Film Writer Screenplay Contest, top ten for Drama in the StoryPros Competition, and top 10% in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. She has taught in the Television and Film Arts Program and the Theatre Department at SUNY Buffalo State College, written coverage for film companies and literary managers, and she currently works as a teaching artist, dramaturg, and script doctor.


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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