Edit Your Story
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
- Identify familiar problems with writing style and consider ways to improve your text;
- Analyse various structural devices to adjust the balance and flow of your manuscript; and
- Strengthen presentation by identifying copyediting and consistency errors.
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.
About the tutor
Pamela Hewitt is an accredited editor who has worked in editing and publishing for over 25 years. After an in-house career in educational and academic editing, she established a freelance editorial practice focusing on memoir, fiction and creative non-fiction. A qualified teacher, Pamela has presented editing and writing programs for universities, vocational educational colleges, writers’ […]