Become a freelance story editor
…and help authors tell better stories
If you’ve ever dreamed of editing novels or nonfiction books for a living, Club Ed can help you make that dream come true. Our classes and other resources will support you on your journey.
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Editing Science Fiction and Fantasy
April 10 – May 7, 2023: $275
How to edit science fiction and fantasy. In this instructor-led, four-lesson class, we’ll discuss the basics of the developmental editing of science fiction and fantasy novels.
The class covers
basic conventions of the genre; what we mean by “speculative fiction”; differences among various subgenres; refining a “kitchen sink” story to focus on an overall central conflict;
guiding authors who are overly reliant on common tropes; helping authors break free of predictable plots; showing the author how to create a consistent story world and more!
Editing Short Nonfiction (including acquisitions)
April 17 – May 14, 2023: $275
How to edit short nonfiction for print and online, including acquisitions. Four weeks, instructor-led.
This class introduces editors to the ins-and-outs of editing short nonfiction, such as articles and blog posts. Even for freelancers, such editorial roles often include an acquisitions component, where editors assign and acquire stories for a journal, magazine, online channel, or other outlet.
We’ll dive into the nitty-gritty of understanding audience expectations, ensuring short pieces meet the needs of the client, creating effective assignment briefs, working with writers, the challenges of editing AI-generated content, checking for plagiarism, sourcing photos and illustrations, getting editing clients, and more!
You’re In control
You Decide How You Want to Learn
You can go at your own pace with classes intended for self-study. If you prefer instructor feedback, try an instructor-led class. Or, choose a combination of self-paced and instructor-led classes. And don’t forget to check out the certificate program, designed to prepare you to offer paid developmental editing services for novelists.
Get a quick start with fast facts about freelance editing, understanding what developmental editing is, what you need to know to begin, and how to read like an editor.
Pull up a beach chair. Many Club Ed classes are meant for experienced editors.
Editors of Any Experience Level
Editors of any experience level (even none!) may enjoy Naked Editing, where you can see the process of a developmental edit unfold.
Naked Editing: Self-Paced Version
This self-paced class is meant for writers and editors, new and experienced, who are interested in following along as a developmental edit unfolds on a complete fiction manuscript.
Note: Recent current events force me to point out that there is no actual nudity by anyone in this class.
In this course, you’ll:
This is a great way to get some practice with developmental editing while having an expert edit to consult as you work.
This class uses THE MAGE OF MOTOR AVENUE as the manuscript.
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How it works
All classes are entirely online and asynchronous (you don’t have to be at a specific place at a specific time).
Self-paced classes can be accessed for eighteen months after purchase and allow you to go at your own pace. Classes have answer keys or other ways of assessing your own work.
Instructor-led classes begin and end on specific days and have weekly assignments with instructor feedback. The assignments have deadlines and the classes include forum participation but you don’t have to be at a particular place at a particular time to participate in the class.
Students from all over the world have taken Club Ed classes but Club Ed is US-based and the materials and suggested resources reflect that. All classes are text-based and accessible, but if you need any accommodations, please let us know!