Manuscript Critique
Caitlin Scarano—MFA, residency, and fellowship application materials and writing coaching

Open to: MFA, residency, and fellowship application materials and writing coaching

Process: My process is responsive, supportive, and direct. I want to help writers achieve their goals.

I can provide feedback and guidance on MFA, residency, fellowship, and grant applications materials, including personal statements, project proposals, writing samples, CVs, teaching statements, and more. This feedback can be specific to individual materials and/or the application as a whole. I have an MFA and PhD in creative writing and have attended numerous writing residencies, retreats and conferences. From these experiences, I’ve learned a lot about what works well (and not so well) when it comes to the application process.

I have demonstrated success in helping writers develop a strategy for submitting to literary magazines and journals as well as helping writers draft, structure, and submit a full-length collection of poems or poetry chapbooks.

Praise from Past Clients:
Caitlin was excellent to work with! I would not have found acceptance to several MFA programs without them. Considering my background in field ecology, compiling application materials alone felt difficult. However, Caitlin guided me toward a statement of purpose I was proud to submit, focusing on how my experiences contribute to my abilities as a writer. Additionally, her feedback on my writing sample was mindful and genuine; I am a better poet from her insights." —Nicolette R.

My writing took a huge leap in strength and clarity as a direct result of Caitlin’s coaching. Her detailed attention and questions challenged me to think more deeply and write better. Working with Caitlin is both fun and rewarding. —Richard W.

What You’ll Submit: Your application materials or manuscript along with a few questions and/or goals to help guide my feedback.

What You’ll Get: Detailed marginal/in-line comments on all materials and a longer, an overall reflection at the end of the text or application, as well as a one-hour Zoom meeting to discuss my feedback, your questions, and your materials more in-depth.

Critique Details and Pricing:
For feedback on individual application materials: $125 (base) + $50/hour of preparation. I will review and comment on materials in preparation for a one-hour Zoom reflection session. For an hourly estimate, please reach out first and provide your writing.

Entire MFA application, residency, or fellowship application review: $850
This includes a one-hour Zoom reflection session

One-hour Zoom session for general writing or application coaching/advice: $125
This is a great option if you just want to talk through your writing, publishing, or graduate school goals or application challenges. Please provide 3-5 questions beforehand to guide our conversation.

*These timelines are generally what you can expect but please note that exact turnaround time may vary slightly depending on the scope of the project.

Entire MFA application, residency or fellowship application: 2 weeks
Individual materials: 1 week