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Edit like an Editor: How to Edit Your Own Prose
6 October,2022 at 19:00 – 21:00 EDT
This workshop is open to all levels of writers who have a prose manuscript they want to work on.
Limited to 12 participants.
This workshop will be conducted via Zoom.
Using tips, tricks, and hands-on exercises, workshop participants will learn about the different types of editing (including developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and fact checking) and how to see their own work with fresh eyes.
Through reading, discussion, and exercises, this workshop will cover:
- How to see your own work with an editor’s eye
- Spotting common problems (info dumping, “as you know, Bob” explanations, insufficient conflict, misunderstanding genre conventions, etc.)
- Understanding character development (goals and motivation)
- How to make the most out of dialogue
- Point of view, and common problems with point of view (e.g. head hopping)
This workshop is geared toward book-length manuscripts, including short story and essay collections. Applicants must submit an excerpt from their manuscript (maximum 25 pages) along with a short description of the whole project in order to be considered for the workshop. After registering below, you have until September 9 to send your document(s) to [email protected], with “For Maria Turner” in the subject line.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have an in-depth editorial plan for their manuscript and have a solid understanding of the different types of editing and how to apply them to their own work.
Maria Schamis Turner is a freelance editor specializing in developmental editing and line editing for fiction and creative nonfiction. She is a founding editor and previous editor-in-chief and creative nonfiction editor of the literary magazine carte blanche. She worked for 10 years on literary projects for CBC Radio, including as an editor for Canada Writes. She was also the producer of the true story storytelling series This Really Happened and has taught numerous workshops on storytelling, writing, and editing.