Courses: Instructor-Led Classes for 2023

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

how to become a developmental editor

Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction (January 9 – Feb 5, 2023)

$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 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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Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Feb 6 – Mar 5, 2023)

$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 (Feb 8 – Mar 7, 2023)

$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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how to edit for plot and story structure

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

$250. 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)

In this new, 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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Editing for World-Building and Setting (Apr 5 – May 2, 2023)

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 just…
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Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction (June 5 – July 30, 2023)

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 to…
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Getting Editorial Work from Book Publishers/Packagers (Jun 7 – Jul 4, 2023)

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

$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…
Learn More Editorial Toolkit: Book Doctoring and Ghostwriting (Jul 5 – Aug 1, 2023)
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Editing for Character Development (Sep 6 – Oct 3, 2023)

$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…
Learn More Editing for Character Development (Sep 6 – Oct 3, 2023)
how to become a developmental editor

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

$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 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…
Learn More Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction (Sep 11 – Oct 8, 2023)
how to edit for plot and story structure

Editing for Plot and Story Structure (Oct 4 – Oct 31, 2023)

$250. 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…
Learn More Editing for Plot and Story Structure (Oct 4 – Oct 31, 2023)
how to become a developmental editor

Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Oct 9 – Nov 5, 2023)

$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…
Learn More Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Oct 9 – Nov 5, 2023)
how to edit for world-building and setting

Editing for World-Building and Setting (Nov 1 – Dec 5, 2023)

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 just…
Learn More Editing for World-Building and Setting (Nov 1 – Dec 5, 2023)

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.