Manuscript Review Program
Manuscript Review Program
If you have a piece you’ve been working on but don’t know how to finish, or you want some valuable feedback before submitting your work for publication, the CNF manuscript review program is a great opportunity to get insight from a working professional writer.*
This program is designed to help you with a project that needs an honest read, an unbiased opinion, and a healthy dose of constructive criticism. Each manuscript review includes:
- Page-by-page margin comments on your manuscript
- A written critique of the overall manuscript
- Complimentary CNF Wet Ink community page membership
For additional details about the kinds of feedback you will receive, how the program works, our cancelation policy, and more, please review our FAQs.
Have a manuscript that exceeds our 10,000-word limit? Please contact assistant editor Chad Vogler at email@example.com for information on alternative programs and rates.
* To avoid a potential conflict of interest, manuscripts evaluated by a CNF writing coach cannot be considered for publication in Creative Nonfiction, True Story, or any In Fact Book.
Select from the dropdown menus at the left to select the length of your manuscript and your preferred writing coach and proceed to checkout. You may also add a 30-minute follow-up video conference with your coach. Within one business day, you will receive a confirmation email with additional instructions on how to access the Wet Ink website, upload your materials, communicate with your writing coach, and more.
Our writing coaches
Joelle Fraser’s first memoir, The Territory of Men (Random House 2002) received praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and others. Her second memoir, The Forest House: A Journey into the Landscape of Love, Loss, and Starting Over (Counterpoint 2013), was called “A poignant study of gratitude for the simple life” by Kirkus Reviews. She occasionally blogs for The Huffington Post, and her award-winning essays have appeared in many journals, including “Inspiration Point” in Crazyhorse, which received Honorable Mention in The Best American Essays 2010. A MacDowell Fellow, Fraser lives in Reno, Nevada, and is writing her third book.
Aaron Gilbreath is the author of the personal essay collection Everything We Don't Know (2016), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and This Is: Essays on Jazz (2017). His essays and articles on music, relationships, food, people, history, and travel have appeared in Harper's, the New York Times, the Kenyon Review, Tin House, the Paris Review, Saveur, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Morning News, Southwest Review, Columbia, and the Threepenny Review, and have been notables in the Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing anthologies. He's an editor at Longreads.
Lisa Catherine Harper is the author of the award-winning memoir A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood (U Nebraska, 2011) and coeditor of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat (Roost/Shambhala, 2013). Her essays and stories have appeared in a range of journals, newspapers, and anthologies. She holds an MA in fiction and a PhD in American Literature, and has taught graduate-level fiction and creative nonfiction for over a decade in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.
B. J. Hollars is the author of several books, including The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders; Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds; From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human; and a collection of essays, This Is Only A Test. His other books include Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa. His forthcoming book, Midwestern Strange, will be released in the fall of 2019.
Meghan O'Gieblyn is the author of the essay collection Interior States. Her essays, memoir, and criticism have appeared in Harper's, the New Yorker, Tin House, Ploughshares, n+1, The Point, The Pushcart Prize anthologies, and The Best American Essays 2017. She received her MFA from University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she won the Jerome Sterns Teaching Award. You can read some of her work at meghanogieblyn.com.
Kelsey Osgood is a graduate of Columbia University and Goucher College’s creative nonfiction MFA program. She is the author of the memoir How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. She has contributed to the New Yorker’s Culture Desk/Page Turner blog, Salon, New York, and Time, among other places, and has written on subjects as varied as Hasidic punk rockers, python hunting in the Everglades, and Icelandic liquor. Kelsey was also a consultant to former head of the FDA David Kessler, MD, on his book Capture: A Theory of the Mind. Her interests include religion, psychology, and literature. For more information, visit her website.
Leslie Rubinkowski directs the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Goucher College. She has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University, and has lectured at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. The author of Impersonating Elvis, her essays have appeared in Harper's, River Teeth, and Chautauqua.