Manuscript Critique:
Kathryn Savage

Open to: MFA application personal statements, residency and fellowship personal statements, short fiction, flash fiction, and prose poems.

Limit: Please check on projects more than 100,000 words

What You’ll Submit: 

MFA application personal statements and/or statements of purpose, residency and fellowship personal statements, artist statements, short fiction, flash fiction, and prose poems. ​Kathryn will look at individual MFA and residency statements (typically 2–10 pages), individual short stories, and/or full manuscripts. 

Kathryn enjoys working with writers at every stage of their career and is particularly interested in helping emerging writers find their authentic voice and clearly articulate their writing goals. She is excited to read personal statements, short fiction, flash fiction, and prose poems.

What You’ll Get:

MFA or Residency Applications: Supporting materials such as the personal statement, artist statement, and writing sample will be closely read and critiqued. 

Short Stories/Collections/Fiction: A thoughtful and intensive reading of your work. 

Critique Details: Everything you submit—MFA and residency application supporting materials, short stories, collections, or all of the above—will be closely read. You will receive a 2–4 page letter in response offering comments and highlighting the strengths in the writing as well as suggestions for revision. In addition, the work you submit will be digitally edited using Microsoft Word's Track Changes. The critique will include a brief follow up meeting by phone or in person to ask questions and discuss additional concerns. 

Loft manuscript critique consists of a flat base price, plus a per word fee. You can enter your word count below and the system will calculate your price. 
  • $300 (base price) + 2 cents/word

Kathryn will also review and help you improve your MFA application materials: $280


  • MFA supporting materials: 2 weeks
  • Up to 3,000 words: 1 week
  • Up to 10,000 words: 2 weeks
  • Up to 25,000 words: 3 weeks
  • Up to 50,000 words: 4 weeks
  • Up to 100,000 words: 6 weeks 

Kathryn Savage Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $300.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 2 cents/word)

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Kathryn Savage MFA Materials

Class Level: Hourly

Base Price: $280.00

Kathryn Savage has received residencies and fellowships from the Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Ucross Foundation, and multiple work-study scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her writing appears in Poets & Writers Magazine, the Village Voice, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and The Best Small Fictions of 2015, selected by Robert Olen Butler. When not at the Loft, she teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota, where she is pursuing a second MFA in poetry. She has studied creative writing at The New School, and holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College. More about her writing and teaching can be found here.    

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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 and we will forward your questions to them.

Prose: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Ellen Akins: Fiction & Memoir Manuscript Coaching ($2,100)
  • Lesley Arimah: Short Stories ($300 + 5 cents/word)
  • Ben Barnhart: Fiction (short stories and novels); Nonfiction; YA and Middle-Grade Fiction ($250 + 2 cents/word)
  • Bruce Berglund: Short, Long, or Book-Length Nonfiction ($250 + 2 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)
  • 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)
  • Lee Oglesby: Creative nonfiction essays and book-length manuscripts ($125 + 1.5 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 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($130)
  • 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 + 3.75/page)
  • Kathryn Kysar: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $12.50/page), Marketing Plan ($560)
  • Jude Nutter: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $17.50/page)
Children's and Young Adult
Offerings for Teens