Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced, March 2-April 26 (8 weeks online) SP20


Where: AsynchronousOnline (Sakai)

March 2, 2020

Registration is closed for this class



Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction is an online class for editors who have some experience editing fiction or who have taken the Beginning and Intermediate developmental editing classes the instructor offers. Students do a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The class has been expanded to eight weeks to allow students ample time to finish their edit.

The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on. You may use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client’s project or a friend’s work) instead. Please do just get the author’s permission to share the ms with the instructor.

Class assignments will focus on reviewing the principles of developmental editing, making an editorial plan, and providing an appropriate critique. But the main thrust of the work will be your editing an actual manuscript under the instructor’s guidance. The instructor will give feedback on your assignments throughout the class and will provide a full, thorough evaluation of your edit (including your revision letter) after the class concludes.

Instructor Jennifer Lawler is a freelance book development editor and the author of more than thirty nonfiction books and novels. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she hosts an online book club for developmental editors and builds miniature bookshelf dioramas. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful. She recently relocated to southern California.

Previous registrants said:

“Jennifer’s feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don’t get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

A Note About the EFA's Online Courses

Our online courses are conducted through Sakai, a learning management system (LMS). You never need to be at your computer at any specific hour. More information about how these asynchronous classes are conducted is available here. Information on our refund policy is available here. All participants in EFA courses must abide by our anti-harassment policy, which you can find here.

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