The Workshop

Writing can be a lonely and frustrating process. Having a ready pool of other writers, editors, and readers available for immediate discussion and feedback when needed can be extraordinarily helpful. When an author is ready to submit their manuscript, that feedback becomes absolutely necessary.
How can we help help prepare a manuscript for submission? With our Workshop program.

The Workshop is our most intense program and offers an in-depth, twelve-week critique of a finished manuscript. Fictionista tries to run at least two Workshops a year. If you are a writer or a reader who might benefit from an intense, collaborative effort focused on a single manuscript, please read further.

Here is more specific information about the available workshop roles:


Workshop participants are readers, observers, and constructive critics, offering detailed feedback in formats appropriate for the workshop setting, as well as support and encouragement. Participants offer critiques of the work from various perspectives, commenting on everything from characterization, plot, setting to giving in-depth literary critiques. Participants are the key component to the program’s success and are invaluable to all our writers.

If you are interested, please consider applying. We accept applications all year long, though we only run a few workshops a year.

Click here to apply as a participant.


Workshop editors work closely with the authors, reviewing, analyzing, redacting, and sometimes even rewriting the manuscripts.

Editors in the workshop include story editors and copy editors. Story editors look for plausibility in the work as a whole, evaluating plot, storyline, and character development, developing the material and clarifying ambiguities. They evaluate the manuscript and challenge the writer when they find faulty logic, inconsistencies, and vagueness. They also may rewrite, cut, clarify, and format the work as needed. Copy editors proofread a writer’s work, but also address stylistic issues, pointing out problems but not reworking them.  Editors are essential to polishing a manuscript.

If you are interested in becoming an editor, please apply below.

Click here to apply as an editor.


The moderator manages and directs operations of the writing projects on The Writer’s Collective. This role is critical to the success of a given project, essentially functioning as the group’s leader and project manager in addition to performing more traditional duties of a discussion moderator, such as resolving disagreements.

Click here to apply as a moderator. (The Moderator application is the Participant form – please mark “YES” for the Moderator question to apply for this position)


Writers are the reason for our Workshops and Collectives and are at the heart of what we do. Any serious writer wanting feedback is encouraged to submit their application to either of our programs.  If accepted, they can work together with the participants in their group to polish their work and hone their skills through our proven process.

Writers are asked to submit a portion of their manuscript for editing and then group critique each week for the twelve weeks of the workshop. This means that writers are constantly under a deadline for the twelve weeks as they continuously edit their work and participate in the active critique of their manuscript. A writer must maintain a positive attitude and be willing to accept criticism. If you and your manuscript could benefit from a Workshop, please apply below.

Click here to apply as a writer.