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. 

Naked Editing

$30 (each month). How-to for developmental editors. Now enrolling for January, 2023. 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 (Feb 6 – Mar 5, 2023)

$275. 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 (Feb 8 – Mar 7, 2023)

$275. 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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Editing for Plot and Story Structure (Mar 8 – Apr 4, 2023)

$275. How to edit for plot and story structure. Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. Plot and story structure (also called narrative structure) are the big-picture elements of storytelling that we might call “what happens” and “the framework within which the plot (what happens) is shown.” Authors (and editors!) sometimes think there is only one type…
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Editing Short Stories and Novellas

Editing Short Stories and Novellas (Mar 13 – Apr 9, 2023)

$275. In this four-week, instructor-led class, students will learn the developmental editing of short fiction and novellas. We’ll discuss: Basic expectations for the various types of short fiction, ranging from flash fiction up through novellas. How DE differs when it is applied to short fiction and novellas as opposed to full-length novels. Strategies for editing…
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Package – Editing for Point-of-View and Perspective AND Advanced Practice: Point-of-View and Perspective

This package enrolls you in the self-paced Editing for Point-of-View and Perspective and the instructor-led Advanced Practice: Point-of-View and Perspective (March 20 – April 2, 2023). The self-paced class is normally $79 and the instructor-led class is $150 but by purchasing this package you can get both for $200.
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Advanced Practice: Editing for Point-of-View and Perspective (Mar 20 – Apr 2, 2023)

$150. How to edit fiction for point-of-view and perspective. Two weeks, instructor-led. If you already know how to spot head-hopping and can explain why that first-person narrator is slowing down the pacing of a story (and what to do about it), this is the class for you! We’re going to take a deeper dive into…
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Editing for World-Building and Setting (Apr 5 – May 2, 2023)

$275. 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 worlds the reader will happily enter into—not…
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Editing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Apr 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 (reader expectations)—what to do when authors violate these and how to tell when they have why the “what if?” matters…
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Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction (June 5 – July 30, 2023)

$450. Eight weeks, instructor-led, intermediate/advanced level.  You’ll perform a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on or you may use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client’s project or a friend’s work) instead. Please do just get the author’s permission…
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Getting Editorial Work from Book Publishers/Packagers (Jun 7 – Jul 4, 2023)

$275. 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 indie…
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Editorial Toolkit: Book Doctoring and Ghostwriting (Jul 5 – Aug 1, 2023)

$275. 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 book…
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Editing for Character Development (Sep 6 – Oct 3, 2023)

$275. 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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Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction (Sep 11 – Oct 8, 2023)

$275. How to become a developmental editor. Four weeks, 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…
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Editing for Plot and Story Structure (Oct 4 – Oct 31, 2023)

$275. How to edit for plot and story structure. Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. Plot and story structure (also called narrative structure) are the big-picture elements of storytelling that we might call “what happens” and “the framework within which the plot (what happens) is shown.” Authors (and editors!) sometimes think there is only one type…
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Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Oct 9 – Nov 5, 2023)

$275. 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 World-Building and Setting (Nov 1 – Dec 5, 2023)

$275. 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 worlds the reader will happily enter into—not…
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coaching for editors and writers

Coaching for Editors and Writers

$175. 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)

$350. 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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