Craft focus: how to edit your story (fiction and non-fiction)

Course Dates: 04/12/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Editing is an essential skill for any writer. Learn the different types of editing processes and how to polish your own prose in this useful workshop for writers. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00

Course Code: HW401

Sun, day, 04 Dec - 04 Dec '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This course is about helping your fiction and/or non-fiction find the best version of itself. You may be interested in working with a professional editor, or connecting directly with a readership, or you may simply want to understand how to apply a critical eye to your own creations. This course will help you understand the different types of edit available to writers, and enable you to apply and practice a key skill from each essential editorial stage to your own work.

This course will focus on the editing process exclusively. It will not cover self-publishing, or submitting work to agents and professional editors.

What will we cover?

- What is editing? Purpose, stages, and key approaches
- Stage one: structural edit
- Stage two: line editing
- Stage three: copy editing and proofreading
- How to find a professional freelance editor
- Working with a professional editor: what to expect.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the essential elements of the professional editing process
- Use key techniques in each of the editorial phases to edit your own work
- 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. You will need to be open to sharing and critiquing your own work, and fluent in English.

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?

There are no additional costs. You will need to bring the following to class:

- Max 2 pages of your own writing to use for editing practice.
- 1-page outline of your fiction or non-fiction project
- Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

If you would like to continue developing your editing skills you can enrol in the longer course Editing your manuscript: from first draft to final proof. If you are ready to submit your work for rigorous constructive feedback, you may also consider enrolling in one of our Advanced Fiction Writing Workshops or Creative-nonfiction. Collect the remainder of our Craft focus courses, on elements such as character, plot, setting, and point of view to give your prose further focused attention.

You may also be interested in the following professional development courses:
- Create your author platform online
- How to write a novel synopsis
- Approaching an agent

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work 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.

Lucy Popescu

Lucy Popescu is a writer, editor and arts critic. She has published two anthologies about refugee experiences, A Country of Refuge (2016) and A Country to Call Home (2018) and is the author of The Good Tourist (2008). Lucy is chair of the Authors’ Club and its Best First Novel Award. She reviews books for The Observer, FT and TLS, among other publications, has a regular column in the Literary Review and is theatre editor at Camden New Journal. Lucy has taught creative writing for over ten years, is a writing mentor at Freedom for Torture and also curates literary events. Before that, she worked with the English Centre of PEN.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.