Manuscript Critique:
Patricia Weaver Francisco

Open to: Short and Long Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction

Word Limit: Please check on projects more than 120,000 words

What You’ll Submit:

Your short or long form manuscript of prose, either fiction or creative nonfiction.

What You’ll Get:

Detailed comments on the text, as well as a summary letter addressing overall structural, thematic, and developmental strengths as well as suggestions for revision. Patricia finds working privately with writers a joy. She has mentored writers through published book-length projects in both fiction and creative nonfiction. When you work with her, she'll respond to your work as a "developmental editor," as an attentive and honest reader, noting what is shining from the page, and also "worrying it around" as she would her own work, to find ways you might re-enter the work in revision. 

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) + 1.5 cents/word


  • Prose up to 10,000 words: two weeks
  • Prose up to 40,000 words: three weeks
  • Prose up to 80,000 words: four weeks
  • Prose up to 120,000 words: six weeks

Patricia Weaver Francisco Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $300.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 1.5 cents/word)

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Patricia Weaver Francisco is the author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery (HarperCollins), which won the Minnesota Book Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction. She is the author of Cold Feet, a novel (Simon & Schuster), Village Without Mirrors, a collection of lyric essays (Milkweed Editions), and the plays Sign of a Child and Lunacy (The Dramatic Publishing Company).

Francisco is a member of the fulltime faculty of the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University, and is the creative nonfiction editor of Water~Stone Review. She was an online mentor in fiction and creative nonfiction through the Split Rock Arts Program from 2008-2010, and for The Loft Literary Center from 2011-2013.

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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