Editing Your Own Writing - including a sample
copy-edit on your work

Mark Mordue

with Mark Mordue

Wednesdays, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Course fee: $ 1200 / $1000 alumni

Allen and Unwin
83 Alexander St,
Crows Nest NSW 2065
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Revision and redrafting are essential parts of building a successful manuscript so learning to edit yourself, often before you are working with an actual editor, is an essential step in learning how to write well.

This course will tackle many questions. What is the difference between a structural and copy edit? How do you keep track of your style? How do you pare things back when they are getting unruly? What should you hold on to and what should you let go?

In this unique course, your teacher will take you through the process of working with an editor if your piece is accepted for publication. You will have an opportunity to workshop your own material, as well as discuss that of fellow participants. This is a chance to get your prose into the best shape it possibly can be before submitting it to publications.

Featuring special guests throughout the course, this is a rare opportunity to develop your writing in real time, with writing and editing experts alike, while gaining new skills you can carry with you for the rest of your career.

This program will also include the rare opportunity have a sample of your work copy-edited by a Senior Editor. You will work towards providing a 2000-3000 word piece, which will receive two rounds of revisions returned to you following the conclusion of the course.


Course breakdown:

Week one:
Introduction and overall editing considerations - thinking about the voice of a piece, the point of view, tense, etc. and why you are the one to 'author' it.

Week two:
The big picture - looking at your work in terms of structure and story.

Week three:
The line edit - how to make the micro work for the macro, including sentence structure and rhythm, cohesive imagery, clarity of thought.

Week four:
Copy editing and proofreading - the finest details: tips and tools for spelling, grammar and making these micro-decisions.

Week five:
Editor-writer communication, final tips on how to edit yourself and how to be edited well.


About the tutor:

Mark Mordue is an internationally published journalist, poet and editor. He is currently at work on a biography of Nick Cave and has previously published a collection of poetry (Darlinghurst Funeral Rites) and a travel memoir (Dastgah: Diary of a Headtrip). Until recently Mark was Editor of the inner city Sydney cultural newspaper, Neighbourhood. He is also the winner of the 2010 Pascall Prize: Australian Critic of the Year.


How to book:


N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 50 cents ($0.50)

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy:
faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com or (02) 8425 0171