Editing Skills for Creative Writers

w/ Fiona Wright

Revision and redrafting are essential parts of building a successful manuscript – so understanding how to edit yourself is a necessary step in learning how to write well. Editing yourself as a writer is an important skill to develop before starting out, and crucial to hone as you continue working on your manuscript.

12 October – 16 November 2022
Wednesdays, 6.30 – 8.30pm

 $720 /$ 612 alumni

This course will teach you foundational skills, which you can use when beginning a manuscript or bring to a work-in-progress. We will also tackle many critical 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? How do you best review material?

Fiona Wright – an award-winning author, with career experience as a leading publishing professional – will take you through the process of working with an editor if your manuscript is accepted for publication. You will have an opportunity to workshop your own material, as well as discuss your progress with fellow participants. This is a chance to get your story and prose into the best shape it possibly can be before submitting it to agents and publishers.

Editing Skills for Creative Writers is designed for writers at any stage in their drafting process. 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 to have a sample of your work copy-edited by a Senior Editor from Allen & Unwin. 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.

Your course includes:

• 6 weeks of 2 hour evening tutorials
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication
• On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin Website

Writers you'll be working with:

Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior, and her most recent essay collection is The World Was Whole.

Course outline

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:
Being edited and working with an editor – how to incorporate feedback, make good decisions and navigate this unique relationship.

Week six:
Meet a Senior Editor and get insights into how editing works within a major publishing house. Finally, learn how to edit submission materials such as your synopsis and cover letter.

How to Book

Purchase Includes 10% tax

You can choose to pay the full course fee or the deposit. If you pay the full course fee, no further payments will be required.

If you pay the deposit, two further payments of $ 250/$ 212.50 alumni will be due, the first by 24 October and the second on 7 November. Instructions for these will be sent closer to the time.