Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction

Starts April 5, 2021!

$199. 4 week class (through May 2), instructor-led

This highly popular class is meant for anyone interested in working with novelists to help them tell better stories. We’ll discuss the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn’t), the specifics of developmental editing in fiction (for example, the types of problems and judgments calls you run into with fiction), and working effectively with novelists.

The class covers:

  • The qualities and characteristics of a good DE
  • Constructing diplomatic queries
  • Identifying problems such as info-dumping, starting the novel in the wrong place, head-hopping, and more
  • Recognizing structural problems, including problems with conflict and motivation
  • Tracing the narrative spine of a story to uncover story problems
  • Working effectively with novelists—how to be a DE and not an unwelcome coauthor
  • Creating a revision letter for a project that outlines your suggestions for how a writer should tackle a needed rewrite.

Each week includes a new lesson and a new assignment to be submitted for the instructor’s feedback along with online discussions about developmental issues.

Note: This is the same class as the one the instructor offers through the EFA.

Take the May Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction class too and save $50! (Choose Beginning and Intermediate DE Package)

Beginning Developmental Editing of Fiction
Beginning and Intermediate DE Package