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Introduction to Line Editing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, August 8–September 4 (4 weeks) SU22


August 8, 2022

21 seats available

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"Line editing isn't about correct. It's showing the writer the power of their own voice." —Christina M. Frey, instructor
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If developmental editing helps shape a story and copyediting polishes it, line editing is what 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.

In this four-week class, you will begin developing your editorial eye to bring out the best in your clients’ fiction and creative nonfiction writing. We’ll cover recognizing authorial voice, tackling weak writing and pet phrases, and learning to listen to the flow of the narrative and dialogue in the context of structure and story.


This course is open to students at all levels.

Christina M. Frey, J.D., is co-executive of the Editorial Freelancers Association and a developmental/line editor and literary coach with Page Two Editorial. 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 memoir. Christina specializes in helping both novice and experienced writers to develop and refine their authorial voices.

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