Courses: Self-Paced

Self-paced classes can be accessed for eighteen months after purchase and allow you to go at your own pace. If you have a question about the materials, you can ask in the monthly chat. 

Self-Paced Curriculum Plan

Self-paced classes are meant to be taken when you have time. There is no instructor feedback, but exercises and answer keys help you understand how to put the principles into practice.

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

See all self-paced classes below. Self-paced class materials can be accessed for eighteen months after purchase.

Class Package: DE 1 through 6

This class bundles together all six self-paced Essentials of Developmental Editing classes for a lower price than purchasing each class individually: DE 1: Foundations of Storytelling DE 2: Principles of Developmental Editing DE 3: Writing Effective Editorial Queries DE 4: Writing the Revision Letter DE 5: Manuscript Evaluation DE 6: Evaluating Your Effectiveness as an…
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Club Ed Conversations

A free forum for Club Ed students. Resort Director Jennifer Lawler is online once a month to answer all your questions about editing and the business of freelancing (every second Tuesday). Students in self-paced classes can use this resource to ask questions about the course materials. Add to cart and check out to register.
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DE 2: Principles of Developmental Editing

This self-paced, four-lesson class covers the ABCs of the practice of developmental editing of fiction: understanding the developmental editor’s role how developmental editing differs from other types of editing and feedback questions to ask when developmental editing the mechanics of developmental editing basics of writing editorial queries working with authors at different experience levels understanding…
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DE 3: Writing Effective Editorial Queries

In developmental editing, much of the guidance we provide to authors takes place in the editorial queries. This self-paced class provides information about best practices for developmental editors, particularly for fiction. The class includes a thorough description of effective querying practices, a sample manuscript edit with ineffective queries for you to evaluate, commentary to help…
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Elective 2: How to Edit Query Letters, Synopses, and More!

This four-lesson, self-paced class is meant for editors who would like to offer additional services to authors beyond manuscript editing. In this class, you’ll learn how to edit: query letters and story synopses for authors planning to follow the traditional publishing path elevator pitches for authors planning to attend conference pitch sessions or who just…
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Elective 3: DE Detective

Using sentence-level clues to track down developmental problems This four-lesson, self-paced class is meant for working with fiction authors. When a manuscript has obvious problems, they’re, well, obvious. The overemphasis on backstory has slowed the pacing to a crawl, the POV hops from head to head, it takes three chapters for the actual story to…
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Elective 7: Copyediting and Line Editing for Fiction

This six-lesson, self-paced online class is designed for newer freelance editors who edit or hope to edit indie novelists. While there is no instructor feedback, the class offers six different assignments with informative answer keys so students can track their progress. Most information about copyediting/line editing is designed with nonfiction in mind, but fiction and…
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