Courses: Instructor-Led

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. See the Instructor-Led Curriculum Plan

Naked Editing

$30 (each month). How-to for developmental editors. Now enrolling for October, 2022. In this ongoing class, we’ll use published novels to talk about story development/developmental editing. Each month we’ll read and discuss a new novel from a developmental perspective: What (if anything) is going wrong developmentally? What might we suggest the author do to fix…
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Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Oct 10 – Nov 6, 2022)

$250. How to become a developmental editor. Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly 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…
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Editing for Character Development (Oct 12 – Nov 8, 2022)

$250. How to edit for character development. Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. In a well-written novel, the characters – especially the main character – will seem like real people who engage the reader’s attention if not the reader’s empathy. Authors often need our help in figuring out what to do about flat characters or unengaging…
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Editorial Toolkit: Book Doctoring and Ghostwriting (October 24 – November 20, 2022)

$250.  How to perform book doctoring and ghostwriting. This four-week, instructor-led class shows you the basics of book doctoring, coauthoring, and ghostwriting, which go beyond editing to actually writing and/or rewriting an author’s work. Though much of the available work is in nonfiction, there are opportunities for fiction editors/writers as well. We’ll talk about: how…
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Getting Editorial Work from Book Publishers/Packagers (Nov 7 – Dec 11, 2022)

$250. How to get work from publisher clients. Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly popular class is meant for editors with some experience who would like to branch out from working primarily with indie authors. The information and assignments are meant for both copy editors and developmental editors. Face it, much as we love working with…
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Editing for World-Building and Setting (Nov 9 – Dec 13, 2022)

$250. How to edit for world-building and setting. Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. Though writers and editors have borrowed the term “world-building” from the science fiction and fantasy genres, creating a believable story world is important for any author writing fiction in any genre. This class shows how developmental editors can help authors create story…
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Coaching for Editors and Writers

$150. Coaching for Editors and Writers. Both new and experienced editors sometimes need professional guidance in the craft of editing or in growing their editing business. Jennifer Lawler, an experienced editor, offers personal coaching to help. Coaching typically takes place via phone conversations (Zoom if you prefer) or through email. Types of coaching Jennifer offers…
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Coaching for Editors and Writers (3 hour package)

$300. Both new and experienced editors sometimes need professional guidance in the craft of editing or in growing their editing business.  Jennifer Lawler, an experienced editor, offers personal coaching to help. Coaching typically takes place via phone conversations (Zoom if you prefer) or through email. Types of coaching Jennifer offers include: Developing your skills through…
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Missed Homework Makeup

$15. If you’ve taken an instructor-led class from Club Ed but life got in the way and you didn’t turn in an assignment before it ended, now’s your chance to get feedback on that assignment. Once you’ve purchased the Missed Homework Makeup product, send along your assignment to ResortDirector@ClubEdFreelancers.com and I’ll return feedback within two…
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Instructor-Led Curriculum Plan

  • Begin with the instructor-led classes Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction, then Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction. (See links to upcoming classes below.)
  • Additional instructor-led courses help you round out your developmental editing knowledge. Dig into Editing For World-Building and Setting, Editing for Plot and Story Structure, and Editing for Character Development (among others). 
  • Finish with Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction, where you will edit a full manuscript under the supervision of an experienced editing instructor.

All instructor-led clases can be applied toward your Certificate in the Developmental Editing of Fiction, but you will need to take some additional classes. Click here for more information about the certificate program and click here to apply.