Substantive Editing for Fiction 401 (Fiction Boot Camp) GROUP COURSE

(6 customer reviews)


You’re ready!

After three classes, you’ve learned what it takes to perform a substantive fiction edit and how to run your business—now it’s time to practice!

Substantive Editing for Fiction (SEF) 401 (aka Bootcamp) is a 4-week course that will give you a chance to apply everything you’ve learned in SEF 101, 201 and 301. Each week you’ll edit manuscript pages to see what you remember! You’ll be looking for fiction-writing issues, such as:

  • Telling/Info Dumps
  • Pacing
  • Point of View
  • Characterization
  • Plot Structure

You’ll also get to practice communicating, as each week you’ll send an update to the “author.” This course is designed to build your experience (and confidence) in both substantive editing for fiction and working with your clients.

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Instructor: Karin Beery

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

Prerequisites: It is recommended that students have taken at least two courses in the Substantive Editing for Fiction track (SEF 101, 201, and 301) OR have at least two years of editing fiction experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Course Length: This course is 4 lessons; it runs from October 10 to November 14, 2022.

Registration Deadline: October 7, 2022

Note: Registration is limited to five students.

Base Price: $159 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

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

(Note: Refunds will not be given for this Group Course afterOctober 7, 2022.)

6 reviews for Substantive Editing for Fiction 401 (Fiction Boot Camp) GROUP COURSE

  1. Irene C.

    Karin is an attentive, encouraging, and skilled teacher. I enjoy her courses. What I liked most about this course was the safety of stretching myself in a practice environment. The class was as expected, according to the description, but I didn’t expect to feel so much more confident by the end!

  2. Karen S.

    Karin was responsive and very helpful. Her comments on my comments were exactly what I needed to know about my editing. Her comments and answers to the other students were also helpful and I learned from those as well. The best thing about this class is its simplicity. It focuses on one thing and goes deeply into that subject. To add content would be too much to take in. It was well worth the cost of tuition! Karin’s weekly comments and sharing of editing information was priceless. I’ve copied it all down and refer to it while I’m working on a manuscript. Karin is an excellent teacher and explains things well. She was encouraging and made me want to do better. I enjoyed this class very much.

  3. Pegg T.

    I took this course to hone my skills for my job [at a publishing house]. I found the personal feedback from assignments the most helpful. I’ve already recommended this course to other editors.

  4. Anonymous

    The instructor was always available for questions that came up along the way. I was mainly looking for feedback on my edits, and that’s exactly what the course covered—the instructor’s great feedback on our own edits!

  5. Anonymous

    The feedback from the instructor was very helpful. I liked that I was able to be myself, and the instructor did not compare me to others. She graded me on my personal editing style and skills.

  6. Joleen Graumann

    This was a very helpful class. I liked the ability to give edits, get feedback on my edits, and reply to the feedback given. If I had a questions or a “this is why I did that edit” in reply to one of the instructor’s comments, I could send it to her and we had a conversation about it. We saw some things differently and it was great to discuss it.

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