MsFixit: Manuscript Help and Upcoming Workshops

IMG_0006Need help getting your novel or short story manuscript to the next level?
Elisabeth de Mariaffi is an award-nominated writer and teacher of creative writing, with years of experience evaluating manuscripts for private clientele.

How does it work? A manuscript evaluation provides the writer with solid feedback on story, pacing, tension, and character development, and identifies any key issues that may be holding the manuscript back. We start with an initial meeting, by phone or Skype, to discuss the project. Elisabeth then offers a careful and thorough read of the work and delivers a set of comprehensive notes, normally ranging from five to twelve pages, outlining the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, and offering concrete tools and solutions for improvement. A follow-up meeting, also by phone or Skype, allows further discussion of the work and next steps toward publication, as well as providing the writer with an opportunity to ask any lingering questions.

How long will it take to get feedback? Average wait time between initial meeting and delivery of editorial notes is normally no more than four weeks.

How much does it cost? A flat-fee rate is charged for all manuscript evaluations, depending on length of manuscript. Elisabeth offers a sliding-scale rate in select situations. Curious? Ask about rates here. 

Ready to book? Elisabeth is currently accepting clients for 2018. Reserve your spot now.

Testimonials: 

Elisabeth read my novel and provided comprehensive developmental notes on the manuscript…  It was really gratifying to have my work read so deeply and empathically and I now have a clear set of practical suggestions and direction to proceed upon. She was wonderful to work with and I got full value from her consultation. Thanks, Elisabeth! — Manuscript evaluation client David Morton

You are a superhero with x-ray vision for manuscripts. I learned so much from you. I have book lists. I have lists of writing techniques… And, most importantly, I am excited to work on my project because you gave me more than feedback—you gave me a direction. You are an intuitive, thoughtful, and intelligent teacher.  — UBC student Cara Violini 

It has been above and beyond my expectations. Your macro vision for the stories is right-on. Thank you so much for all of the thought you have put into the teaching of tools and techniques. — UBC student Jessica Torrens

Your input was fantastic … You have also given me so much more to go with for writing and I have become very excited about what the manuscript will end up being. — Manuscript evaluation client Natalie Catania

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Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of two previous books: the 4328779Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012), and the literary thriller The Devil You Know (Harper Collins Canada, Simon and Schuster USA, 2015).

Both a Globe and Mail Best Book and lucky number 13 on the NP100, the year end list at the National Post, The Devil You Know was optioned within months of publication and is currently in development for television with New Metric Media. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

De Mariaffi’s poetry and short fiction have been widely published and praised in Canada, and have been shortlisted for the National Magazine Award. A former resident teacher in Toronto’s Now Hear This! writing program, she is a frequent guest lecturer in university classrooms and has taught in UBC’s Creative Writing Programme. Born and raised in Toronto, de Mariaffi is herself a graduate of the University of Guelph MFA programme in Creative Writing, and now makes her home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Interested in booking  Elisabeth for your workshop series or retreat? Get in touch here.