Editing Your Own Work: Tricks of the Editor’s Trade for Writers
Editing is an essential part of the writing craft. What do professional editors know that can help writers polish their work to the highest degree before it goes out to beta readers, editors/publishers and the reading public?
Sometimes the first test of the work’s coherence, book editors think of themselves as the “ideal reader.” Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, learn how to tap the editor’s way of thinking to take your writing to the next level of ready.
In this four-week course, book editor and writer Sandra McIntyre will show you how to approach your own work with the eyes of an editor. We’ll discuss the different kinds of editing, when to edit, and the tricks of reading like a reader. This is not a copyediting course per se, though we will touch on common writing and formatting errors. Rather, the focus will be on developing the deep thinking about writing that editors do. In addition to course time, registration includes a fifteen-minute, one-on-one consultation with Sandra to discuss your work. Participants are asked to bring with them to class two copies of 3-5 pages of polished writing.