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. Our classes and other resources will support you on your journey.
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Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction
October 10 – November 6, 2022: $250
How to become a developmental editor. Four weeks, instructor-led.
This popular class is meant for anyone interested in working with novelists to develop their work.
The instructor strongly recommends taking the Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction class before attempting this one, even if you have some developmental editing experience. The two classes are meant to work together.
Editing for Character Development
October 12 – November 8, 2022: $250
Four weeks, instructor-led.
Authors often need our help in figuring out what to do about flat characters or unengaging protagonists.
*Creating a rounded character
*The intersection between character, plot, and setting
*Creating effective character goals and motivations
*How dialogue and action create character
*Using perspective and point-of-view to shape character
*What to do when the character doesn’t change
*Making the character’s impact on the story world part of the character arc
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.
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.
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!