This course is for you if …
- You’re already working as a copy-editor or proofreader and want to add developmental fiction editing to your skill set.
- You’ve studied storytelling and literature from the perspective of a reader or writer and now you want to learn about it from the perspective of an editor.
- You’re intimidated by the idea of working with fiction at such a crucial part of the process, but you’re also excited by the prospect.
- You’re an avid, analytical reader with a love of literature and you want to learn how to turn your passion into something you can sell.
This course probably isn’t for you if you’re not already wildly in love with literature and are not curious about how it works. It also won’t be the right course for you if you don’t want to turn your knowledge of fiction into a professional service, since that’s the perspective we’ll be looking at things from.
How the course works
This is a 6-module, 13-week tutored online course that teaches you the writing-craft theory you need to know in order to offer developmental editing as a professional service.
Each module will contain videos (subtitles available) and a downloadable PDF so you’re able to absorb the teachings whatever style of learning you prefer.
At the end of each module, you’ll be set an assignment to complete and an extract from a published novel to read that will help you put the theory into context. You have two weeks to complete the assignment, and I will provided you with personalised feedback on your work.
Modules will be released every two weeks, and we’ll meet to discuss the material on Zoom on the weeks between modules. If you aren’t able to take part in discussions, please don’t sign up – wait for the release of the self-study version of the course (coming end of July 2021) so that you don’t detract from the learning experience of the rest of the group.
There are only five places available at a time. This is so students can get to know each other and I can give you my fullest attention.
The course will run twice a year. I’m based in the UK, but I will switch up the times that group discussions are held in order to accommodate as many people across the globe as I can.
My goal is to teach you the absolute must-knows of good storytelling so you can take what you learn and apply it to manuscripts in progress.
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Completing the course
You need to have completed at least five of the six assignments and attended at least five of the six discussions to officially complete the course. (If there are extenuating circumstances, we will work something out.)
If you’re a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders), this course is recognised by the upgrade panel and is worth 3 points! Pretty sweet.
Lastly, you will receive a beautiful printed certificate in the post so you can frame it and carry it around with you forever more.