Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction is an online class for editors who have some experience editing fiction. Students are asked to take the instructor’s beginning and/or intermediate class in developmental editing before enrolling in this class. We’ll be focusing on doing a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on. If you prefer to use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client’s project or a friend’s work), that’s fine. The class material does not focus on the specifics of the class manuscript (some of the discussion on the forum may do so).
In this special three-week bootcamp class, we’ll touch on the principles of developmental editing, making an editorial plan, writing a revision letter, providing an appropriate critique, and more. But instead of weekly homework assignments, you’ll focus on completing the edit while receiving guidance from the instructor and fellow students.
**Given the scheduling of DE for Fiction Advanced Bootcamp, please note that final feedback on your completed edit will be provided after the first of the year.
About the Instructor: Jennifer Lawler has worked for many years as a freelance book development editor on a wide range of editorial projects for traditional book publishers as well as independent authors—everything from cookbooks to memoir to paranormal romance to thrillers. She launched Crimson Romance for Adams Media (now Simon & Schuster), overseeing all aspects of acquisitions, editorial, and production. She has also worked as a magazine editor for MSP Custom Publishing.
She is the author or coauthor of more than forty nonfiction books and novels, including her popular and award-winning Dojo Wisdom series (Penguin). She has written a number of romances under three pen names.
She worked briefly as a literary agent and has taught in the biomedical writing program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the copyediting program at the Univeristy of California–San Diego, and for the well-respected Loft Literary program in Minneapolis.
Previous registrants said:
“Jennifer’s feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don’t get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”