Manuscript Intensive Program

Send your book out without the 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 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.


April 05, 2021 - May 02, 2021


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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Alexandra Kostoulas


Alexandra Kostoulas

Alexandra Kostoulas has an MFA in Creative Writing and English from Mills College and a BA in Literature & Creative Writing from the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. She runs the Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program in San Francisco. She has over a decade of experience teaching English and Writing at the college level. She has been been nominated for awards in fiction, poetry, and journalism and has won a few. She has published short stories, a few journalistic pieces, and a lot of individual poems across a wide array of literary journals and other media. She has performed her work on stage at readings both locally and nationally. She is currently at work on finishing up her novel, Persephone Stolen.

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