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Manuscript Consultation Service

For writers of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, and poetry

The Writer’s Studio program at the Graham School offers a manuscript consultation service for students who would like individualized comments on their book-length work. If you have work which is approaching publishable form, you can receive the one-on-one guidance you need for final revision and polishing from one of our instructors.

How Does Manuscript Consultation Work?

You will submit your complete manuscript to the Writer’s Studio program office, where our staff will find an instructor who will be an appropriate match for you. Someone from our office will let you know when the match has been made. After reading your manuscript, the instructor will contact you to set up a meeting (either face-to-face or on the phone). At the meeting, which usually lasts about an hour, the instructor will give you written notes on your manuscript, and will discuss those notes with you and answer any further questions or concerns about the manuscript you might have.

Please note that manuscript consultation is designed to provide students with one-time, detailed comments on the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript, and suggestions about how your work might be improved. It is not a copyediting or book doctoring service. If you would like more sustained instruction, we recommend that you explore our course offerings.

How Do I Apply?

Submit your manuscript with a cover letter and full payment of the consultation fee. See “What Do I Pay?” for minimum page requirements and fees per genre. All manuscripts must be:

  • Single-sided
  • Page numbered
  • Typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins all around
  • Double-spaced, if prose

Your cover letter should describe any specific concerns that you have about the manuscript and any information about the project which you think would be useful to the instructor who will act as your consultant. If you would like to request a specific Writer’s Studio instructor, please let us know in your cover letter, although we cannot guarantee that the instructor you request will be available to work with you. Please include your complete contact information (mailing address, daytime and evening phone numbers, and email address).

Send your manuscript, cover letter, and payment to:
Writer’s Studio Manuscript Consultation
Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
The University of Chicago
1427 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

What Do I Pay?

You must submit full payment with your manuscript and cover letter. Fees are charged on a per-page basis. Please follow the page formatting guidelines above for your manuscript, and use this pagination to calculate your payment. Make your check out to “The University of Chicago.”

Genre Minimum Length Fee
Prose (fiction, nonfiction) 150 pages $525 for the first 150 pages;
$3.50 for each additional page
Poetry 40 pages $525 for the first 40 pages;
$5.00 for each additional page
Screenplays 60 pages for a one-hour drama; 120 pages for a feature film $525 for a one-hour drama;
$700 for a feature film; $5 for each additional page

If for some reason the Graham School is unable to find an appropriate evaluator for your manuscript, your payment will be refunded in full.

Questions?

If you have further questions about the manuscript consultation service, please contact Gina DiPonio at writersstudio@uchicago.edu.