Explorations: Editing Literary Fiction



$90 (Members: $81) | How to edit literary fiction | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate

This class explores the concept of literary fiction and what to consider when editing such novels. It discusses what we mean by “literary fiction” and how it differs from genre fiction (if it does). It looks at perspective, the uses of a narrator, character arcs, and plot development. It digs deeper into how the use of language affects meaning and it explores theme and message.

This class requires outside reading in order to put its principles into practice. Each lesson corresponds with a published literary novel, for a total of four, and you’ll write about your thoughts about each novel and compare them with answer keys. The answer keys are merely intended to provide some illumination and guidance from an experienced developmental editor.

Outside requirements:

You’ll need to read these four novels as you navigate through the course:

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

It is fine to use ebook or print versions of the books. Any references to the novels will refer to chapter number rather than page number.

The class is entirely online and asynchronous (you don’t have to be in any particular place at any particular time to participate).