December Manuscript Intensive Program

Send your book out without uncertainty, wondering, or self-doubt. Instead, work with one of our editors to get your manuscript in shape.   In this month-long one-on-one intensive, an experienced published author will closely read your entire book and mentor you, giving focused editorial feedback on the first 25 pages and an editorial letter to guide the revision of the rest.

There will be significant opportunity for extended correspondence with your mentor, who will provide specific suggestions for revision and offer general advice on the current state of publishing, and next steps for you to take in your publishing journey. Work with us before sending out your manuscript to help your book really shine!

How it works:

The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute Manuscript Intensive is a four-week, one-on-one mentorship with a published writer to get help with your completed prose manuscript (novel, memoir or other non-fiction, essay or story collection) and receive valuable feedback for revision or submission to agents or publishers. If you have a completed manuscript and want to know what the next steps to take are, this is the course for you.

Next Steps:

After you register, you’ll email the manuscript to us at along with tendering a retainer fee. We will look at your manuscript and assign you one of our mentors based on your work and their specialties. Read up on our list of mentors here.

Weekly Schedule:

  • Week 1 – Your mentor will spend the first week of the month reading your entire book.
  • Week 2 – In the second week, you will receive an editorial mark-up of the first chapter or first 25 pages (whichever is most appropriate) and an editorial letter oriented toward revision.
  • Week 3 – In the third week, you can initiate an email conversation about the edits and feedback, and even offer a revision of the first pages for a “second look.”
  • Week 4 – In the final week, your mentor will respond to your commentary and any possible revisions to the opening pages and offer final guidance for revision or submission.


December 01, 2021 - December 31, 2021


All Day


$ 770

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Nick Mamatas


Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of seven novels, over one hundred short stories, and dozens of essays and articles. His books include the novels I Am Providence and Hexen Sabbath, the short fiction collections The Nickronomicon and The Spook School, and the how-to guide for writing short fiction and non-fiction, Starve Better. Nick’s short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, New Haven Review, and many other anthologies and journals. He has written about writing for The Writer, Fine Books & Collections, and Wonderbook. His anthologies include the award-winning Haunted Legends (co-edited with Ellen Datlow) and The Future Is Japanese (co-edited with Masumi Washington), and the hybrid cocktail recipe/flash fiction title Mixed Up (co-edited with Molly Tanzer).

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