Manuscripts to be critiqued during the workshop may be up to 10 pages, typed, double-spaced, font size 12, (NOT 11 or smaller!) preferably in Times New Roman. They may be in any sub-genre of creative nonfiction, including personal essay, memoir, travel writing, food writing, and journalistic writing. If you have a question about whether or not your work fits into the genre of creative nonfiction, please email the workshop director, Susan Cushman at

Workshop critique leaders are Kristen Iversen and Bob Cowser. They will give your writing their personal and professional attention, and will lead the group in critiquing your manuscript. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants so that everyone will have time to read and prepare to participate in the critique process. Watch this blog for future articles about how the workshop process works and how to prepare for it.

Manuscripts should be emailed to no later than September 2, 2011. They should be sent as attachments, preferably in Microsoft Word. Please put your name on the first page, along with a title and a brief description of the work-in-progress, i.e. “personal essay, memoir, etc.” If it is a complete essay, please let us know that. If it’s a chapter or part of a chapter of a book, let us know that as well. If you need to add a paragraph to set it up, or a brief synopsis, that would also be helpful, especially if it’s not the first chapter of the book. This paragraph or synopsis will not count as part of your 10 pages.


5 thoughts on “Manuscript Submissions

  1. Susan, I am planning for now to submit 10 pages of a chapter of a memoir. It is now 16 pages. Would you prefer that I truncate it to make the 10 page limit or just submit the first 10 pages, or submit segments of the chapter amounting to 10 pages?


    1. Excellent question, Terence. I started to say, just email me, but I think this is a good venue to address your question for others who probably have the same question. The faculty doesn’t really have time to read and critique 16 pages of 10 people’s entries. Nor is there time in the workshop to critique more than 10 pages. But that’s a nebulous number, isn’t it? So, unless it’s fairly easy to compress 16 pages to 10, I’d say send all 16 pages, understanding that the faculty might quit reading at page 10. Look at what happens in your work at page 10. You might decide to compress it instead. But remember that this is a workshop, not a pitch to an agent. It’s an opportunity to learn–to get feeback on your writing. Send pages that will make that happen. Hope this helps.

  2. I am finding mixed messages on instruction for numbering. I have to think that even though an editor doesn’t say a word about how he or she wants numbering, if you receive ten pages of anything, you’d like it numbered. How? Where on the page? With or without the title accompanying the number? Is this so elementary I should know it? What are the rules? I’m wearing google out, which is how I got to this page. Help, please.

    1. The best advice I’ve been given is to have a header on the upper left side of EVERY PAGE of your manuscript, which includes your name and at least an abbreviated name of the title of the work. The page numbers can go on the upper right, lower right, or lower center of each page, just so long as they are numbered. And no, this isn’t “elementary” and yes, different editors prefer manuscripts formatted in different ways, but I think the format I’ve described here is accepted fairly widely. Thanks for reading.

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