Fourth Lake Writing Retreat: Manuscript Critiques

"A workshop like this makes the writing life real. From the instructors to the other writers, the group shared their stories and often received on-the-spot remedies for problems. My critique group was a gift. Laurie was wonderful in guiding us through a thoughtful and rich discussion of strengths in our opening pages. We all left ready to finish our drafts with renewed energy."

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Manuscript Critiques

An optional manuscript critique provides a personal critique experience for a small number of writers who seek honest and supportive feedback one-on-one with one of our authors.

Register for a manuscript critique and submit 10 pages of your manuscript following the guidelines below. Include a brief synopsis (up to 250 words single spaced) on a separate page. Email your manuscript as an attachment (MS Word, RTF, or PDF) to Christopher Chambers,​​​, by October 13 with the subject line “Novel Critique: [critique instructor’s last name]”.

Critique instructors

Michelle Wildgen
Susanna Daniel
Alex Bledsoe
Christine Rice
Shawn Shifflet
Christopher Chambers

Critique manuscript guidelines

  • double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins, aligned left, unjustified
  • 12-point Times New Roman or similar typeface
  • title and author’s name on first page
  • last name and page number in header on subsequent pages
  • electronic file name: author’s last name + “[last name of group leader]_critique group”: e.g., “Smith_Chambers critique group.”