Copyediting for Fiction 101

$119.00

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.

Course Overview

Week 1. Introduction and Editing Procedure

Week 2. Voice and Viewpoint

Week 3. Dialogue and Diction

Week 4. Narrative and Description

Instructor: Kristen Stieffel

Format: This is the Group Course format, which includes an online discussion forum and instructor feedback. This course will be conducted via Google Groups.

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Level: Beginner

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

Course length: This course is 4 weeks long; it begins on August 20, 2018, and runs until September 17, 2018.

Registration deadline: August 27, 2018

Course Outline: Click to view Course Outline.

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

1 review for Copyediting for Fiction 101

  1. The information was fabulous. I was so pleased that the PEN Institute offered this copyediting course. It’s an excellent option for those stepping up from proofreading or not quite ready for the depth of substantive editing. This class helped me nail down the role of a copy editor, in detail. Kristen Stieffel provided thorough lessons and fun assignments to apply our new editing skills, with excellent feedback. I looked forward to her “true story” examples, which provided interesting peeks into her life as an editor and great examples of the concepts being taught in the lessons. I took full advantage of Kristen’s offer to ask questions, and I’m truly grateful for her patient and expert replies.

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