Beginning Copyediting for Fiction (July 5 – Aug 1, 2023)



New! $275. How to copyedit fiction. Four weeks, instructor-led.

In this class, we’ll discuss the basics of copyediting fiction, including:

  • understanding the primary goal of ensuring consistency throughout a ms
  • how copyediting is different for fiction versus nonfiction
  • using The Chicago Manual of Style to make editorial decisions
  • the various levels of copyediting you may be asked to perform
  • how to write editorial queries (very different from developmental editing queries!)
  • how to write (and use) a style sheet
  • how to style and code a ms
  • special considerations in working with indie authors versus publisher clients
  • how to read a CE memo
  • how to track details to ensure consistency
  • conscious language concerns when editing fiction
  • tech tools that can help you succeed
  • and more!

Each week, you’ll turn in an assignment and the instructor will provide personal feedback on your work. Forums allow students to discuss questions related to each lesson. Though assignments are due on a specific day and time each week, you do not need to be in a specific place at a specific time to participate in the class – all lesson materials are written and can be reviewed at your leisure, and all forum discussions are asynchronous.

You will need a copy of:

  • The Chicago Manual of Style, Seventeenth Edition or access to the online version
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition or access to the online version
  • And you may also wish to purchase Amy J. Schneider’s The Chicago Guide to Copyediting Fiction, but you will not need to have it to do the work required in this class