Manuscript consultations

Register for a manuscript consultation to receive feedback on your poetry, fiction or non-fiction. 

The Writer's Studio Free Manuscript Consults

Need advice on your writing, or a nudge in the right direction? The Writer’s Studio offers a FREE 45-minute phone consult on up to 7 pages of your poetry or prose. Our alumni will provide supportive feedback on story, structure, point of view or anything else you’d like reviewed in your fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

Submit your writing in the following format 1 week before your consult to consults@sfu.ca

  • Maximum 7 pages
  • Title of your work(s), if it has one, at the top centre
  • Your name beneath
  • Page numbers on the bottom
  • Double spaced, 12-point font

Dates are available from September to June. 

Reserve directly through one of our library partner branches: 

Library To register or find more info
Vancouver Public Library (select branches) Visit the VPL Events calendar
West Vancouver Memorial Library Email info@westvanlibrary.ca with “SFU Writing Consults” in the subject line
New Westminster Public Library Visit the Event schedule or email AskUs@nwpl.ca
Pemberton & District Public Library Email library@pemberton.bclibrary.ca with “SFU Writing Consults” in the subject line
Whistler Public Library Visit the Event schedule for times and registration
Sechelt Public Library Visit the Event schedule for times and registration

Manuscript Consultations

Receive feedback online (via Skype or Zoom) or by phone on 20 pages of your poetry, fiction or non-fiction. One of our creative writing instructors will read your manuscript before your 50-minute meeting. At the meeting, they may provide you with suggestions on editing, how to publish your work, and how to work with editors and publishers.

Mini-Manuscript Consultation with Evelyn Lau

We are pleased to offer creative writers an opportunity to meet with Evelyn Lau, critically acclaimed author and former Vancouver Poet Laureate, for a manuscript assessment. You are welcome to submit a maximum of 15 double-spaced pages to Lau, who has written poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Lau will read your manuscript before your 50-minute phone meeting.