What is the course about?
Ready to submit your articles or fiction to editors? Keen to self-publish the book you've been working on? This workshop is designed to teach essential editing skills to writers who want to make the best possible impression on editors and potential readers.
Nicola Doherty’s first novel ‘The Out of Office Girl’ was published by Headline in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Awards in the Romantic Comedy category. She has since published two more novels with Headline, and two YA books with Orion, most recently ‘Lola Offline' (2017). Her books have been translated into Italian, French, German, Polish and Turkish and have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Before beginning her writing career, Nicola was a commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton. She now writes full time and also works as a literary consultant with Cornerstones.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Filler words to delete in prose.
- Filler words to delete in dialogue.
- The role of active and passive voice
- Editorial concerns about language.
- Editorial concerns about structure.
- Fact-checking and common mistakes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the essential elements of the professional editing process.
- Edit a section of your work to a professional level.
- Develop strategies to apply the techniques you learn to the rest of your writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course. Students should have attended an introductory creative writing course at City Lit and have some of their own writing available to put through the editing process.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mix of editing exercises, group work, pair work, class discussion around edited samples and formal instruction from the tutor.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A page of your own writing to put through the editing process and writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses for aspiring authors. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details