Course Overview

You wrote the book. Your best friend loves it. A retired English teacher proofed it. Is it ready to go to an agent, editor, or publisher? 

Not quite.

Avoid the rejection pile by editing out the common mistakes made by new writers. We'll look at use of adjectives and adverbs, over-writing and under-writing, punctuation, effective dialogue, interior monologue, avoiding repetition and identifying personal “writing quirks.”

Drill down to the paragraph and sentence level to copyedit for clarity, meaning, and style. Develop a system for different levels of editing. Learn how to review your work from the perspective of the “big picture,” to include point of view, pacing, character development, scene and narration, setting, tone and voice. Learn to develop your hooks.

Clear, effective writing improves your chances of success in the marketplace. A professional editor can do the job for you. But you can save time and money by employing simple strategies and techniques to edit your own work.

Taught by Carol March, published author of novels, short stories, essays, and self-help books on creativity and personal development. 

What You'll Learn

  • Learn genre requirements for fiction and memoir
  • Identify and correct big picture editing issues and the most common problems for new writers
  • Develop an editing plan for your work
  • Identify personal “writing quirks”
  • Learn submission requirements for magazines/anthologies and book publishers
  • Learn the tools of the trade for self-editing

Who Should Attend

The class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate writers with a completed work, or anyone looking to hone their writing craft through effective self-editing. This is not a grammar class, though elements of grammar may be discussed.
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UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty, and Retirees: This course is Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. For more information, visit the UNM Tuition Remission information page.

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