If developmental editing helps shape a story and copyediting polishes it, line editing makes the writing come alive. Line editors listen to the music behind each written word. They consider the rhythm and cadence of a sentence or paragraph and ask how it meshes with the mood and tone of a scene or story. They look out for an author’s stylistic weaknesses but never override an author’s style.
This four-week intermediate class goes beyond the basics of line editing, honing your editorial skills to bring out the best in your clients’ fiction and creative nonfiction writing. We’ll cover helping an author develop their authorial voice, addressing issues with mood, point of view, and dialogue at the line level, using line editing to improve a scene’s pacing, and challenging an intermediate or experienced writer to take their work to the next level.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Line Editing Fiction & Creative Nonfiction is strongly recommended, even if you have been working in the field for some time. If you’re unsure, contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to figure out which class is the best fit for you.
Instructor Christina M. Frey, J.D. is co-executive of the Editorial Freelancers Association, a developmental/line editor and literary coach with Page Two Editorial (www.pagetwoeditorial.com), and a traditionally published graphic novelist. With over 20 years of experience in writing, editing, and publishing, she now works with select authors and small presses on full-length fiction and creative nonfiction. She specializes in helping both novice and experienced writers to develop and refine their authorial voice.