Edit Your Story

Pamela Hewitt

Saturday 14 September, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $195
Member: $135
Conc Member: $120

You’ve written your story or memoir and you’re ready for the next step. Before rushing to submit to a publisher or to upload files to Amazon or iTunes, it’s well worth devoting time to editing. The key is to see your manuscript through the eyes of different audiences, including readers, editors and publishers.

This workshop outlines common flaws professional editors come across in manuscripts and provides you with strategies to recognise these problems and improve your writing. We cover more than a dozen style issues found in most final drafts of fiction and creative non-fiction, including memoir. We also look at major structural pitfalls, focusing on aspects of narrative development such as dialogue, characterisation and point of view.

Finishing touches are vital. A professionally presented manuscript will help set your manuscript apart. As well as attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation, larger questions of consistency, originality and a realistic identification of your readership matter too.

This interactive workshop provides real world examples and suggests options for polishing your writing. It offers a rich array of practical techniques to usher a stronger and fresher text into the world.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Identify familiar problems with writing style and consider ways to improve your text;
  2. Analyse various structural devices to adjust the balance and flow of your manuscript; and
  3. Strengthen presentation by identifying copyediting and consistency errors.

Participant Requirements

You will be given handouts and suggestions for further reading. You’re welcome to bring writing materials or a laptop or tablet for note taking.

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