New! The Evolution of a Novel: A Class for Editors and Writers

Starts August 5, 2019

Six weeks online (asynchronous—you don’t have to be at a particular place at a particular time), $225

This class is meant for anyone interested in the revision process, particularly book development editors who are or will be working with novelists. Writers will also gain insight into the editorial process as well as information on how to decide when editorial guidance is moving you in the wrong direction.

You’ll be able to see what a full developmental edit looks like, including the author’s revision, plus you’ll see what happens when an edit goes wrong—that is, when it pushes the author in the wrong direction. We’ll discuss the choices an author must make when receiving conflicting advice and guidance.

This class requires a fair amount of time for reading and critical thinking but you will not have traditional editing or writing assignments to complete. You will be able to ask questions and make comments in the class forum.

Note: This class includes all new material –  the manuscript under discussion has not been used in my developmental editing classes.

In Week 1, you’ll read the early draft of a fiction ms. You’ll consider what you think are the main issues the author should address in her revision.

In Week 2, you’ll read the edited version of the ms. This includes the revision letter. You’ll be able to ask questions about the edit and decide what you think about the editor’s efforts.

In Week 3, you’ll read the author’s revised version of the ms, plus information regarding why the author was encouraged to revise again.

In Week 4, you’ll read the second edit, the one I like to call the “wrong-headed” one.

In Week 5, you’ll see the author’s revision, which follows this wrong-headed guidance.

In Week 6, you’ll learn about the author’s decision to revise another time, what editorial guidance was ultimately followed and why, and you’ll read the final version of the ms.

Comments and questions will be welcome throughout the class and you won’t have any homework other than to read thoroughly and think critically!


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