As an editor, you’re adept at following rules of grammar, punctuation, style, and craft. But what if a work pushes the bounds of convention or bends genres? How do you edit a one-sentence novel or a work that takes other risks with form or style without stifling the writer’s vision or muting the work’s unique spark?
Drawing on her experiences with work that pushes the bounds of convention, both as an editor and a writer, Jessica Klimesh introduces editors to best practices in this exciting and challenging field. This one-hour webinar will show you how to approach hybrid or “experimental” work in a way that builds a respectful relationship with the writer and draws out their distinctive voice, without changing their intention for the work or unnecessarily adhering to stylistic standards. You’ll learn how you can help ensure that the work only challenges the reader in ways that the author intends.
This webinar is appropriate for all skill levels and covers all types of editing, from developmental editing to copyediting. It is geared toward those who may have less experience with experimental, hybrid, or genre-bending work, including literary work that could be classified as either poetry or prose. You’ll learn flexible approaches that are relevant to editing all types of creative writing, including creative nonfiction, and gain greater comfort with work intended to challenge and excite the reader.
Jessica Klimesh is the owner of JEK Proofreading and Editing, LLC, where she edits a broad range of work, from technical reports and dissertations to fiction and memoir. She previously taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and Rhetoric at the University of Iowa. Jessica holds an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing and has twenty years of writing-workshop experience, both as a participant and facilitator. Jessica’s own creative work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net, and she won 3rd Prize in the 2023 South Shore Review Flash Fiction Contest.
This webinar originally aired on November 16, 2023.