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