December Manuscript Intensive Program

Send your book out without the 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 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, 2020 - December 31, 2020


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Jason Ridler


Jason Ridler

Jason S. Ridler is a writer, historian and retired sketch comedy/improv actor. He is the author of THE BRIMSTONE FILES for Nightshade Books, has sold over 60 short stories, and worked for Paizo Publishing and indie comics. He currently teaches military history at Johns Hopkins University and creative writing for the Google Arts/Theater program, and his book MAVERICKS OF WAR was praised by Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Rhodes as a "visceral page turner." A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, he lives in Northern California. Find him on Facebook at

Other Organizers

Gabino Iglesias
Gabino Iglesias

Gabino Iglesias is a writer, professor, editor, and book reviewer living in Austin, TX. He’s the author of Zero Saints and Coyotes Songs, which won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel in 2019. His work has been published in five languages, optioned for film, and nominated to the Bram Stoker Award and the Locus Award. He recently edited Both Sides: Stories from the Border for Agora. His reviews appear in places like NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, Criminal Element, Publishers Weekly, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He's been a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards twice and has judged PANK Magazine's Big Book Contest, the Newfound Prose Prize, and the Splatterpunk Awards. He's a literary columnist for LitReactor and the book reviews editor for PANK Magazine. He is a public speaker who focuses on Otherness and diversity in publishing and offers a series of low-cost online writing workshops. He teaches creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University’s online MFA program. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias.

Molly Tanzer
Molly Tanzer

Molly Tanzer is the author of the Diabolist’s Library trilogy: Creatures of Will and Temper, the Locus Award-nominated Creatures of Want and Ruin, and Creatures of Charm and Hunger. She is also the author of the weird western Vermilion, an io9 and NPR “Best Book” of 2015, and the British Fantasy Award-nominated collection, A Pretty Mouth, as well as many critically acclaimed short stories. Follow her adventures at @molly_tanzer on Instagram or @wickedmilkhotel on Twitter. She lives outside of Boulder, CO with her cat, Toad.

Nick Mamatas
Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including I Am Providence and The Second Shooter. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, and many other venues. Much of it was recently collected in The People's Republic of Everything. Nick is also an anthologist; his latest book is Wonder and Glory Forever: Awe-Inspiring Lovecraftian Fiction.

Sandra Ruttan
Sandra Ruttan

Sandra Ruttan has been hit by a car, had her foot partially severed, survived a car crash in the Sahara Desert and almost drowned. She has no idea how she's still alive. Her crime novels include Harvest of Ruins and the Nolan, Hart and Tain series: What Burns Within, The Frailty of Flesh and Lullaby For The Nameless. She is represented by Allan Guthrie of The North Literary Agency, has a background in education and journalism, and is a full-time writer. Sandra has experience writing and editing crime fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and YA fiction.


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