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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 or editor.*

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 vogler@creativenonfiction.org 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.


To enroll

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

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.

Kurt Caswell has published widely in journals and magazines and is the author of four books of nonfiction, most recently Laika’s Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog (2018), which tells the story of the first animal to orbit the Earth. His other books are Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents (2015); In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation (2009); and An Inside Passage (2009), which won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize. He has worked as a teacher in Hokkaido, Japan, on the Navajo Reservation, and at schools in Arizona, California, and Wyoming. Caswell is currently a professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.

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.

Anne Horowitz is an independent book editor based in Brooklyn. She works on a range of projects including creative nonfiction and memoir, in both a developmental and line editing capacity. Her clients include independent presses such as Tin House Books, Milkweed Editions, Seal Press, The Experiment, Grove/Atlantic, Ig Publishing, and CNF's In Fact Books imprint; literary agents; and independent authors. She works part-time as an editor with the literary agent Renée Zuckerbrot at Massie & McQuilkin, and is an editor with the New York Center for Fiction’s Emerging Writers Fellowship. She was a mentor in the 2016–17 Think Write Publish program, a collaboration between Arizona State University and Creative Nonfiction. She is a member of PEN and the Editorial Freelancers Association. Until 2010, she was associate editor at Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, where she worked for five years.

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.