Copyediting for Fiction One-on-One Instruction

(2 customer reviews)

Original price was: $160.00.Current price is: $136.00.

Novel writing is a craft, but it’s also an art form. In fiction, the editor’s role is to come alongside the author and  help them realize their artistic vision. This means that a fiction editor must understand the art of novel writing as well as the craft of copyediting. Great writing often goes off the edge of the map into uncharted territory beyond the bounds of a stylebook. To help our clients create great art, we must exercise discernment about when to correct and when to stay out of the way. Having all the commas in the right place doesn’t matter if the sentence doesn’t sing.

In Copyediting Fiction 101 we will examine the scope of work for copyeditors in fiction and how we can tactfully draw attention to substantive problems in the manuscript without overstepping our bounds. We’ll talk about grammar and vocabulary in light of character authenticity. And of course, we’ll look at sentence structure and how to help writers create sentences that both sing and have all the commas in the right place.


Instructor: Rachel Bradley 

Format: This is the One-on-One Instruction format. The instructor will be in contact with you within five business days of purchase and will work individually with you.

Prerequisite: None

Textbooks: The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.

Level: Beginner

Base price: $160 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is four lessons.

Course Outline: Click to download

Certificate of Completion: Upon successful completion of this course, students will earn a course certificate.

2 reviews for Copyediting for Fiction One-on-One Instruction

  1. Jayna Baas

    I loved the reminders in every lesson to stop and focus on the Lord first. I also really enjoyed the exercise on what should be included in a first chapter. The instructor was great about answering my questions and explaining things to me.

  2. Robin Reed

    I really appreciated the interaction with and feedback from the instructor. The lessons were packed with good information and the sections on dialogue and description were most helpful to me.

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