Become a freelance story editor

. . . and help authors tell better stories

If you’ve ever dreamed of editing novels for a living, Club Ed can help you make that dream come true.

Check out the 2021 Course Catalog here.

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For a deeper dive into the developmental editing of fiction: 

Get a quick start on understanding story/developmental editing:

If you’ve never seen an edited novel manuscript, try Naked Editing, an instructor-led class where you can see the process of developmental editing unfold.

If you’re an established professional who wants help solving a thorny issue, pull up a beach chair. Many Club Ed classes and other resources are meant for experienced editors. 

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Note that while classes can be taken from anywhere, the Resort Director and Club Ed are US-based and the materials and suggested resources reflect that.

A few words from Club Ed students:

“[Jennifer’s] advice isn’t just helpful but also pragmatic. She does a great job of showing her students the actual steps that they need to take to strengthen their editing work. She also has a great sense of humor and knows how to write, both of which make taking her courses fun.” – Rachel Lapidow, freelance copy editor and proofreader
“Jennifer is an amazing teacher and mentor. The depth of her knowledge of writing, editing, and the publishing industry shines through. She has a gift for focusing on specific areas that need improvement, and her feedback is clear, kind, supportive, and thorough. And her exceptional intelligence, sharp wit, and compassion make her a delight to interact with. She’s helped me grow tremendously as an editor, writer, and entrepreneur.”Stephanie Marshall Ward, academic editor, social sciences, and fiction editor
“Jennifer is a wonderful teacher. She’s easy to understand, to the point, and motivational. I highly recommend Jennifer to any editor looking for a mentor or teacher to fine-tune their developmental editing skills and market those skills to publishers and presses. You’ll come away with clear and specific action steps to further your career as an editor in the publishing world.” Val Mathews, acquisitions editor/developmental, line, and copy editor/writing coach

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Effective Scene Construction

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How character motivations create meaning

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Eliminating or Reducing Flashbacks

Authors like to use flashbacks to show backstory. Unfortunately the use of flashbacks can stop the narrative flow in its tracks. Rather than increasing dramatic tension, flashbacks tend to drain it. Readers experience them not as enhancements to the text but as interruptions. Readers, as a rule, don’t care about what happened in the past. … Continue reading Eliminating or Reducing Flashbacks

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