Find out what’s working in your manuscript, what’s not, and how to fix it.
Between our two schools for writing (for adult and children’s literature) our instructors have taught over 470,000 people writing techniques in various genres. Now through our Critique Service, you don’t have to be enrolled in one of our courses to take advantage of their wisdom.
The critique service provides:
In-depth notes from an Institute instructor, all published writers themselves, on the craft of your submission, including what’s working and not working in your story. This include your characters, voice, plot, dialogue, setting, style.
- An annotated critique (comments are in the margins using Word’s Track Changes)
- Analysis on what’s working, and what is not
- Insight into your weaknesses as well as your strengths
- Constructive feedback on whether your dialogue is strong, if your characters are compelling, and your scenes interesting enough to grab a reader
- Recommendations on where you need to improve and if your grammar, spelling, or structure needs work
- Guidance for your next revision
The purpose of a critique is to improve the story-to identify problems in a manuscript in order to allow the writer to revise in a focused and productive way. When a manuscript is critiqued, it’s an opportunity to find out if your reader is confused, believes your character, if the character sounds real, whether your scenes ring true, feel right, and make sense. You learn if what you’re writing makes the reader want to read more. The IFW critiquer looks at your submission with a fresh professional eye and is able to point out inconsistencies, unnecessary characters, scenes, or dialogue. An editor helps fix the problems and/or instructs how to fix those problems; editorial feedback usually comes at a later stage in the writing process when the work is much tighter. This is a critique only service.