Editing Fundamentals: Learn to revise your own work


Course fee: $1,000 (incl GST)

There is clear link between being able to revise your own work and the increased likelihood of publication.

Editing Fundamentals is intended to help you start preparing your novel for publication; to finish the job. It is ideal for those who have completed Faber Writing Academy's Writing a Novel course or for those at the editing stage with their manuscript.

Conducted over three Thursdays and one full Saturday, it consists of 14 hours of tuition within a small and focussed class led by professional publisher, Annette Barlow of Allen & Unwin, and guest spots with an experienced literary agent and a guest author.

The course will work through all the important issues that face a writer after finishing the first draft, including how to:

• hone your voice
• tighten your structure
• nail your synopsis
• decide on your title
• plan your route to publication

You will learn the vital craft of how to edit your own work, a skill that will benefit you for all your writing life.

Course Program

The course is made up of three Thursday evenings (6pm to 8.30pm) and one full Saturday (10am to 4.30pm).

Thursday 5 November
Hone your critical voice and common structures

Thursday 12 November
Conflict, motivation, flashbacks and memory + guest author/editor

Thursday 19 November
Beginnings, middles and ends

Saturday 28 November
10am - 1.00pm: Editing with an agent, nailing titles and synopses, and next steps to publication
1.45pm - 4.30pm: Annette Barlow on narrators, dialogue, and final group discussion

The content listed above is a guide only. The exact course content could be adjusted according to the experience and concerns of the group.