This course is currently under construction. Thank you for understanding.
This is an 8-week class…
Requirements: This course requires that you have at least a short story or one chapter of a longer novel ready for editing. If you do not, see the list of websites with writing prompts linked in the Course Overview.
Facilitators: Check out the Facilitator’s Guide for tips and tricks!
Week 1: Course Overview
Week 2: Content Editing – Part 1
Week 3: Content Editing – Part 2
Week 4: Line Editing – Part 1
Week 5: Line Editing – Part 2
Week 6: Copy Editing – Part 1
Week 7: Copy Editing – Part 2
Week 8: Proofreading
Some topics to include:
Formatting a manuscript
- Dialogue and dialogue tags
- Whether all forms of “to be” are really evil (the answer is no)
- Just what you’re doing to your life expectancy with your use of that exclamation point
- What is overwriting? How can you avoid it?
- Basic and advanced punctuation
- Passive voice vs active voice, how to tell the difference, and why you might want to use them both.
- Point of view
- Pacing, including an editing trick to help you “fix” pacing.
- What we mean by show not tell. And how to do that!
- Different types of editing and stages of editing.
- What to look for in an editorial relationship.
- What to look for and questions to ask when hiring a freelance editor.
- Formalizing and finalizing your manuscript before you hit send (or press publish).
- Why we shouldn’t put too much emphasis on writing “rules”
- Not-too-boring grammar and punctuation basics
- How to get to showing instead of telling but…
- No, not all telling, adverbs, or passive voice are bad. Learn why.
- A new way of looking at pacing that helps YOU see where you’ve gone wrong