It’s safer and easier to analyze another writer’s work than it is one’s own. Developing the skill will help you to gain distance and the ability to work more productively on your own stories. You can become a better writer, faster. This free Manuscript Workshop allows attendees to read the first 1,000-words of their novel or short story and receive professional feedback from the other writers in your small group, as well as workshop leader and New York Times best-selling author Gayle Lynds.

The Manuscript Workshop group will consist no more than four writers. Each writer will read aloud the first 1,000-words of his/her short story or novel, or the workshop leader can read it for you. The group will analyze the work and discuss suggestions for improvement. The focus will remain on the work itself and avoid any personal agendas or personalities.

The Manuscript Workshop is free but registrants must apply for one of the four spots in the workshop. Interested writers may submit the following:

Applicants must submit a manuscript of their work, which cannot exceed 1,000-words. All manuscripts should meet the following requirements:

  • The author’s name and title of the work should appear on each page.
  • Page numbers should appear on each page.
  • 12-point font, double-spaced lines, and one-inch margins.
  • Please submit the manuscript as either a Word doc or PDF.
  • Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Deadline 9:00 a.m. on April 7 (late applications cannot be considered)

Submit Manuscripts should be emailed to (email applications only) with the subject line “Crime Wave MSS Workshop”)



LyndsGayle Lynds is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning writer of international espionage novels, including The Assassins and The Book of Spies and The CoilPublishers Weekly lists her book Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer.  Her newest work, The Assassins, is due in bookstores June 2015. Gayle moved to Maine from California in 2011 to join her new husband, John C. Sheldon, a retired Maine judge. Thus far, she and John have collaborated on two short stories—“A Triumph of Logic,” published in A Study in Sherlock, and “A Card for Mother,” published in Ice Cold. Gayle’s novels have been People magazine Page-Turner of the Week and Beach Read of the Week. The Last Spymaster won the Novel of the Year prize given by the Military Writers Society of America and the Best Novel award by the American Association of Authors. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series, one of which, The Hades Factor, was a CBS miniseries. A member of the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) and former co-president of International Thriller Writers. Visit