Online Feedback: Manuscript Development

Rebecca Lim

Monday 7 June to Friday 30 August 2021, online

Full Price: $500
Member: $375
Conc Member: $325

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Do you have a draft fiction manuscript? Are you looking for feedback and tips to improve your work?

In this online course, editor Rebecca Lim will provide feedback on your manuscript (up to 7200 words) plus a synopsis in an online classroom environment, enabling you to hone your skills over three months.

You’ll also give and receive peer feedback, and be able to consider the tutor’s feedback on your fellow-writers’ submissions. The tutor’s feedback will focus on specific areas for each of the three submissions, as outlined below.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Monthly Submissions

For the first submission, we will look at how your manuscript begins, focusing on specific areas including what hooks you’ve planted to keep readers turning the pages and the characters you’ve introduced. In addition to the first 2200 words of your manuscript, you’ll also submit a 300-word synopsis, using provided guidelines for writing an industry-standard synopsis.

In the second submission of 2500 words, our focus is on characters, dialogue and point of view. If you aren’t using dialogue, choose a part of the manuscript where we see your protagonist through their actions.

The third submission is your opportunity to select 2500 words of your manuscript that you would particularly like feedback on and to ask a specific question about it. For example, you might be concerned whether a character’s motivation is clear, or whether a particular action is obvious – or too obvious!  If you don’t have a particular question and would just like some general feedback, that’s fine too.

Your tutor will provide tailored feedback on each submission, and you’ll also have the opportunity to read and comment on the writing of your peers. You’ll be given guidance on the best way to give feedback and specific questions to focus on in each round of submissions. Giving feedback on others’ work is a great way to sharpen your eye on your own work.

This online course takes place on a website specifically designed for writers, making it simple and easy to share your writing, give and receive feedback, and interact with fellow writers.

If you’re ready to challenge yourself and develop your skills through constructive critique, this is the course for you.

Participant Requirements

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this course. Please read our FAQ before enrolling>>

You must have a completed manuscript draft to enrol. This course is designed for writers of fiction. If you have a narrative non-fiction manuscript and are interested in enrolling in this course, please contact us to discuss.

This course starts on 7 June with enrolment into our online classroom. On the day this course starts, by 10am you will receive an email with an invitation link to join the online classroom. Submissions are due on the following dates:

Monday 14 June
Monday 12 July
Monday 16 August

After each submission date, you’ll have 10 days to complete peer feedback. At the end of each feedback period, you’ll receive your tutor feedback.

We recommend having your synopsis ready before you start this course. You can draft it using our synopsis writing guide here >>

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