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Editing Classes

on July 26, 2011

The Seattle Author-Editor Clinic is offering a couple on-line editing classes this Fall.  As a writer, learning how to edit our work and those of our critique partners can be an invaluable skill. These editing classes will teach you how to think like an editor and bring a fresh eye to your manuscripts as well as work with critique partner’s manuscripts in writing workshops.

 

FALL 2011: Focus on Editing Young Adult Fiction (4 weeks)
Instructor: Pamela Greenwood [read bio]
Dates: October 7 – 28, 2011
Cost: $159
To register: email classes@authoreditorclinic.com by September 30, 2011

Good writing is good writing across genres, but in editing YA fiction you’ll have additional topics to consider. In weekly lectures and assignments, we’ll explore how the target age relates to the scope and treatment of the theme, how POV and stylistic choices help achieve an authentic teen voice, how author intent affects backstory information and the resolution of the story problem, and how to approach episodic narrative v. dynamic plotting. This class will get you started — or build on your skills — in evaluating YA manuscripts for the current marketplace. For more information, please see our FAQ (pdf download).

 

Thinking Like a Developmental Editor:
Approaching Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Projects (4 weeks)

Instructor: Barbara Sjoholm [read bio]
Dates: September 8 – 29, 2011
Cost: $159
To register: email classes@authoreditorclinic.com by September 2, 2011

You may be a copyeditor or nonfiction editor looking to expand your skills in the job market by learning more about developmental editing and working with authors of fiction and creative nonfiction. You may belong to a writers’ group or attend workshops for writers. You’d like to know more about the difference between offering feedback on short pieces and responding to a longer manuscript in a more organized fashion. This class is a good first step in investigating the world of developmental editing and practicing analytic and communication skills. For more information, please see our FAQ (pdf download).

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