Copyediting for Fiction 201 One-on-One Instruction

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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: Kristen Stieffel

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

Prerequisite: Freelance Editing 101; familiarity with MS Word Comments and Track Changes features

Level: Intermediate

Base price: $119 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is 4 weeks.

Course Outline: Click to download.

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

1 review for Copyediting for Fiction 201 One-on-One Instruction

  1. Sarah Tipton

    The lessons were well explained and the instructor provided feedback and interaction if I struggled. The most useful element was applying the skills to a sample manuscript.

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